Jewish communities across Australia are breathing a sigh of relief after Shuls are officially being reopened this week.
After four strict months of lockdown, which meant 4 months of davening without a minyan, the Jewish communities in Australia return to Shul with multiple health guidelines.
The restrictions that still exist are that all attendees must be double vaccinated, wear masks from the age of 12 and up, remain social distanced while indoors, and it is forbidden to sing in the shul.
Rabbi Chaim Levy of Sydney’s Shul recalls the challenges the community faced during the recent lockdown as well as additional preceding lockdowns.
“Going without minyanim for Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Sukkos and Simchas Torah was a challenge for families and individuals to keep the Yom Tov spirit alive during such lonely and unprecedented times,” he told COLlive.com.
“We are grateful to the local government and federal government for putting shuls as a priority to be in the first phase of lifted restrictions,” Rabbi Levy said.
“We are fortunate that they see the importance of the shuls, and the value of people coming back together as a community” he said.