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Announcement
News, events and opportunities
Parasha
Meet the Mercaz Members
COVID-19 Info
Mercaz's physical space is closed until future recommendations allow us to open.  This is not an easy time. We remain a community committed to growth and care and encourage you to reach out to any of our leadership. See below for some upcoming opportunities. 
Rabbi Avi is available at 917-519-9452
News, Events and Opportunities
  • Quarantine Support Group - If you need support (something picked up at a store, dropped off to you, picked up from you, a meal) or would like to join this team to provide support, reach out to Racheli Moskowitz at 516-305-2241 or rmoskowitz314@gmail.com.
  • New WhatsApp Group - We are starting a WhatsApp group specifically for announcements from Mercaz leadership.
  • Thursday night Parasha - The chavura will be from 8 pm to 9:30 pm on Google hangouts. Call Rabbi Avi on Google hangouts at avirabbi@gmail.com at 8 pm tonight to join. 
  • Short Pre-Shabbat Class - Class at 6:30 pm on Google hangouts. Join as above.  
  • Food Donation to JFS - On Sunday, April 5th, you can drop off your unopened non-perishable food to be picked up for the JFS Food Bank. Drop off at the Rosenfeld house (outside) from 11 am -12 pm. It can be pesadik or non-pesachdik. 
  • Pre-Pesach Lunch and Learn - TBA
  • We will have more on-line gatherings and opportunities announced in the coming week or two. 
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks on Vayakhel-Pekudei: Communities and Crowds
Meet the Mercaz Members 
Elisabeth Rosenthal, Kevin, Josh and Nathan Britt
Where they are from: Kevin and Elisabeth are from Houston, Texas and their boys were born in Seattle. 

What brought them to Seattle: Elisabeth moved to Seattle to go to graduate school at UW. Kevin followed to be with her. 

A good travel memory or fun date night: They have a lot of travel memories. Before graduate school and law school, they spent a month touring Europe. One night, they couldn't find a place to stay, so they had to stay up all night, wandering around. They also had gelato twice every day when they were in Milan. Recently, they went to Maui and Elisabeth, Josh and Nate jumped off a cliff into a freshwater pool. Kevin and Josh drove ATVs.

Favorite current boardgame: Last Shabbat, they played Flux and Scrabble to pass the time. Kevin isn't a fan of games, but he likes dominoes. Nate played Magic with his friends before the era of social distancing. Elisabeth likes most games and puzzles. 

Any positive effects for their family in our current situation of social distancing? "Haha!" Kevin and Elisabeth work from home most of the time anyway, so little has changed for us. Elisabeth is relying more on electronic meetings to see her friends. We've been reminded of all the things we have to be grateful for. 

What appeals to them about Mercaz or about the North End community in general: They like that it is a small community and that they can make a real difference by being involved. Nate likes having friends to spend Shabbat with. 
COVID-19 Reminders

We recently had a COVID-19 scare in the community. Ultimately, after inconclusive results, the test came back negative.  

This shouldn’t change anyone’s current hygiene practice and if you have any of the symptoms being outlined be sure to call your doctor.  

Here are some current social distancing and hygiene practices:

  • Adhere to public health hygienic recommendations by washing your hands after touching commonly used items or coming into contact with someone who is sick.

    • Proper handwashing involves scrubbing hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.

  • Avoid touching your face, nose, and mouth and avoid rubbing your eyes.

  • Practice proper coughing or sneezing etiquette.

  • Properly dispose of anything that comes in contact with your mouth such as tissues or plastic eating utensils.

  • Avoid coming in contact with individuals displaying symptoms of illness.

  • If working in close proximity to other individuals, attempt to keep a distance of approximately three feet and ideally six feet from the nearest person while working.

  • Avoid congregating.

    Here are some resources from the Washington Department of Health:

    What to do if you have confirmed or suspected coronavirus disease (COVID-19) (PDF)  

    What to do if you were potentially exposed to someone with confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) (PDF) 

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