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OHT Participation in Confidential COVID-19 Community Reporting

Ohr HaTorah now participates in a simple, confidential shul-based system for tracking COVID-19 in the Jewish community. Congregants who believe that they (or a household member) have COVID-19 are asked to report their condition through the confidential Google forms link below. Each case should be reported only once and through only one shul. 

Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus and include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Some of these symptoms are quite common, for instance, a runny nose from allergies. Symptoms that are unexpected, or combinations of several symptoms, are particularly informative.  If you are unsure, or if any of these symptoms are concerning to you, contact your health care provider. If you have severe symptoms such as trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, or new confusion, call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.

Why congregants should report:

  • COVID-19 is likely to be circulating well into 2021, and we need good information regarding COVID-19 cases in our community to guide the speed and extent to which we normalize religious, family and social life. 

  • Data on COVID-19 cases at the State, City and County level are not nuanced, timely, or relevant enough to provide adequate information for our unique community. As we normalize, we are obligated to set up an early warning system so that we can prevent and address problems that may arise. 

Please note that only a fraction of all cases are symptomatic and recognized. It is likely that all of us encounter contagious people routinely while shopping, at work, relaxing, or at shul, We therefore need to follow public health guidelines regarding social distancing, regardless of what is happening in our community. 

We are conducting our minyanim as safely as possible, and our kehilla should feel proud that B'H we have been adhering to all the guidelines extremely well. Thus, while we can assume that there will occasionally be people at minyan who unknowingly have COVID-19, if everyone continues to be meticulous in following the guidelines, the risk of transmission during services will be extremely low and the number of people needing  to self-quarantine will be minimized.

How to report: 

1)  If you have not already done so, contact your personal physician to report the case and to seek guidance regarding COVID-19 testing. Make sure to tell your physician if you were at a minyan, or in any other large group setting, within 2 days before the onset of your symptoms.

2)  Follow this link to a Google form, and respond to all questions as best you can. If you have difficulty using the form or prefer to report by phone, please contact the Rabbi or his designee

3)  Ohr HaTorah may need to contact the health department to report minyan exposures (to be determined case-by-case, with consideration of how well safety rules were followed during the relevant services). Please, therefore, contact Rabbi Starr immediately if you had attended minyanim within 2 days before symptom onset.

We will report numbers only and keep identities confidential unless given permission to share them. In rare circumstances, names may need to be shared confidentially with public health agencies under their regulatory authority.

Important Ohr HaTorah Contacts

Rabbi Adam Starr
cell: 404-782-9703
Leslie Mallard
Office Admininstrator
ph: 404-315-1417
Miriam Seidman
Programming and Youth Director
cell: 551-206-7787
Tova Warburg Sinensky
Yoetzet Halacha

cell: 470-231-5058

Financial Resources and Information

Rabbi Starr uses donations to his Discretionary Fund to assist individuals and families in our shul and throughout the community. Requests for assistance are kept in strict confidence. Donations to the Rabbi's Discretionary Fund provide much needed support to those in our kehillah who are experiencing difficulties. 


COVID-19 Resources

This resource page contains links and lists in order to help facilitate the sharing of information, and to match people who need help with those that are willing and able (and yearning!) to help others.

Message from Rabbi Starr and OHT Medical Professionals 

Message from Rabbi Starr Re: COVID-19 Mikvah Use Guidelines

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