To Our SLO Hillel Community,
Welcome back to… Campus? As we get settled and adjusted to this new (not) normal, we wanted to share some reflections and guidance about life as a Jewish student during Corona. First and foremost, as Cal Poly University Students, you are all obligated to follow the rules and conditions set by Cal Poly administration. A town hall meeting answered many questions and set the standards for this term. While no Riverdale watch party, it helped to hear medical experts and administrators address questions about Corona and University life. I urge you to check it out: Cal Poly Town Hall.
As individuals, we are navigating the current moment with both abundant caution and calculated risk. Every interaction is a challenge of game theory. Is this meeting worthy of potential illness? If I do get it, how sick will I get? Who else is impacted by my choices? Is this table really six feet away? Do I even care anymore?
We hear you. We’ve been there, and we are here.
On the one hand, complete Isolation cannot be the answer. Social distancing is not antisocial. We must find ways to reach out and connect, virtually and safely in community when appropriate. We will form our pods, our minions and continue to balance the risks and needs to live through this together.
Our hope is not only can SLO Hillel help reduce risk by our cautious thoughtful activities, we can provide solutions to gathering as a model for the community. Each meeting, program or gathering is an opportunity to be a mensch, a good human, and we at SLO Hillel are committed to Kosher gathering off campus when appropriate. As the virus waxes and wanes, we are a resource for guidance, support and healthy living. If we cannot safely meet, we will find alternative ways to connect. But we will not be silent in the face of suffering, nor absent while you sign on to Campus here or at home.
One piece of Torah to remind us we have faced illness before together. Leviticus instructs a person who is ill to shout, “tamei, tamei” in the town square. On the surface it seems shaming to make an ill person declare oneself publicly. But our Rabbis understood this as an opportunity to identify those in need, and use the opportunity to reach out and provide care. We are all crying “tamei, tamei”, on Snap, Insta and Zoom. We are here to hear you, see you, and meet you safely where you are. Welcome back, say shalom, and dream of tomorrow today together.
Contact us any time,