As we have sadly said too many times this year, our 2020 Chaggim will be like no other we have experienced. This is also true for Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah this weekend.
The rates of COVID-19 infection have dramatically increased in recent weeks all around the country and especially in areas of high Jewish population. We must all play our part and follow guidance which is written to keep us all safe.
We have a duty as citizens to protect our neighbours and obligations as Jews to protect life (Pikuach Nefesh).
Our festivals, celebrations or times of reflection will come again next year when we can hopefully celebrate fully with family and friends.
Our community has suffered since the beginning of the pandemic. We have lost too many. Only by following the rules will we avoid further avoidable sorrow and grief.
I urge all members of our community to strictly observe the laws and guidelines this Chag to keep us all safe.
Chair, Jewish Leadership Council