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At the May meeting, the board focused on the various impacts the coronavirus is having on the synagogue. We received funds from the Paycheck Protection Program, which is part of the federal COVID relief package. These funds are to be used for payroll and utilities, and help bridge the cash flow problems that we have every spring, made worse by the pandemic. The Board discussed and approved renting our school buildings to the JCC’s Taglit program for young adults with disabilities over the summer. This arrangement will allow the J to more effectively social distance the participants in their various programs. The President is appointing a COVID-19 Task Force of experts to help guide our decision-making as this situation continues.
You may have heard that the guardian (who was not on our campus) of one of the JCC Taglit participants tested positive for COVID-19 this week. Taglit is a day program for young adults with disabilities and it is considered part of emergency care during the COVID-19 pandemic. With Board approval, we rented our classrooms to JCC for their Taglit program this summer (while our campus is otherwise closed). No one from Or Chadash is at risk as a result of this situation. More
The Board met via Zoom again in April to receive updates in a variety of areas. The pandemic has rendered our financial situation unpredictable. We have applied for relief under the Paycheck Protection Program, but we have not received any funds yet. Mark Ross is continuing to work to expedite the process.
The transition to online religious and Hebrew School has been quite successful, with a high attendance rate. Rina invited the board to attend the end-of-year assembly on May 3. She is also working with a joint committee to prepare for the new, combined religious school this fall.
Our Social Justice and Action Committee has long-standing partnerships with charitable organizations all over Tucson. Today, more people than ever are in need of the support these organizations provide. Because of the pandemic we cannot support our partners with our volunteerism, but we can support them through our donations. Your contribution of any amount will enable our continued mission of Tikkun Olam – making the world a better place.
When public schools closed, they made the transition to online classes. Unfortunately, many students at John B. Wright Elementary school did not have computers at home to access their lessons. Sheree Garcia, a 2nd & 3rd grade teacher at the school, purchased computers and food with her own funds and personally delivered them to students who need them. To help defray her costs, send a check to the John B. Wright PTO at the school address: 4311 E. Linden St., Tucson, AZ 85712, with Sheree Garcia in the memo line.