Dear ACI Congregants and Friends,

In light of the ongoing and ever-changing situation regarding COVID-19 -- which we have been monitoring and evaluating through a variety of official briefings, conference calls, and discussions -- we wish to provide you with updated information regarding ACI services, events, and MASKIT.

SHABBAT SERVICES: Shabbat services will be held as usual this Shabbat morning beginning at 9:30am, with the following advisos:

  • The kiddush lunch which had been scheduled for this Shabbat (sponsored by Cynthia Groopman) has been cancelled.  The food platters are being donated to Ronald McDonald House of New Hyde Park, which was fortuitously in urgent need of them, due to the suspension of their volunteer meal-cooking program.  
  • DO NOT ATTEND services if you are not feeling well, or have symptoms of cold, flu, or other illness.  
  • YOU ARE STRONGLY URGED NOT TO ATTEND if you are in one of the high-risk groups, such as the elderly or those with underlying illness.  Those who have recently travelled to a COVID-19 high-risk area should also avoid attending.
  • The MASKIT programs scheduled for this Shabbat are being cancelled.  Please see below for more information about the temporary suspension of MASKIT classes and programming.


  • BLOOD DRIVE: The Blood Drive scheduled for this Sunday, March 15, IS TAKING PLACE. In fact, the Blood Center has said that they are in dire need of blood.  Please attend if you can donate blood or help volunteer.  Please do not attend if you are not feeling well or have any signs of illness.
  • HavdalahLIVE! / Mixology Workshop:  Originally scheduled for next Saturday night, March 21, this event is being postponed to a later date TBA.  

MASKIT: In the interests of everyone's safety, MASKIT classes and programs are being temporarily suspended through Tuesday, March 31.  At that time, the evolving situation will be re-evaluated, with regard to classes, etc.  In the meantime, we will keep the families posted on developments, including possible online MASKIT education.

This is a fluid situation and we will be updating you as new information warrants.  As we take these measures, as we more carefully pay attention to taking all necessary precautions, I would ask all of us to keep in mind Torah's admonition, one which we should all heed, particularly in times such as these:  ונשמרתם מאד לנפשותיכם -- v'nishmartem m'od l'nafshoteichem -- take exceedingly good care of your bodies and souls (D'varim/Deuteronomy 4:15).   

We hope everyone stays healthy and well, with strength of body and soul.  

With good wishes and blessings,

Rabbi Jonathan Pearl

Judith Schloss Markowitz and Cynthia Groopman, ACI Co-Presidents

In advisement with:

Elysa Blumenthal and Janet Abrams Piechota, ACI Board Co-Chairs

Steve Markowitz, Building Chair

Aryeh Gerson and Stephanie Luxenberg, Education Committee Co-Chairs

Ayelet Pearl, Rosh MASKIT

Judith Schloss Markowitz and Judy Pearl, Event/Outreach Co-Chairs