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Rabbis from three Orthodox synagogues in Central Ohio shared their policies for celebrating Passover this year to promote safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

An email signed by Rabbi David Claman of Congregation Ahavas Sholom and Rabbi Howard Zack of Congregation Torat Emet, both in Bexley, and Rabbi Avi Goldstein of Beth Jacob Congregation in Columbus, said in an email to congregants and the community, “In order to protect the health and safety of our community we feel obligated to affirm the following policies for the upcoming Pesach holiday:

• Family and friends should not visit for Pesach. This includes parents and/or married children.

• Individuals and families should not travel to other cities for Yom Tov as it would endanger members of our community upon return.

• Local guests should not be invited for a seder or any Yom Tov meal.”

They wrote that any specific questions regarding such issues must be discussed with a physician and rabbi.

“Anyone who ignores or is lenient regarding the above rules is guilty of putting their own lives and the lives of others in danger,” the letter read. “We recognize the difficulty that these restrictions entail, but by abiding by them we are fulfilling the tremendous mitzvah of ensuring our physical well-being and that of others (v’chai bahem and lo ta’amod al dam rei’echa).”

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