Letter to Parents Fall 2020

Dear ISU Parents ,


We acknowledge that this is an incredibly strange time to send your child to college and we  understand that this semester things will be conducted differently than a typical semester at ISU. 


Many of you have reached out to us to ask about Jewish life on campus this coming semester.


We want you to know that we will do everything in our ability to provide our trademark positive Jewish experiences on campus. We deeply care for each and every one of our students and we recognize how vital our support and programs are to their wellbeing. 


We also want to reassure you that we are fully committed to ensuring their health and safety which is top priority. It is with this in mind that we’ve developed a program for the fall to adapt to the current COVID-19 reality, Chabad Cares. Its goal is to remain emotionally close, even if we must keep physically distant. 


While we will continue to offer much support and programming opportunities, we will be implementing a series of changes that allow us to be comfortable with the level of risk to our family and community. As the situation on campus changes, we will continue to adapt and develop Chabad Cares resources accordingly.


Our current plan prioritizes health and safety, and includes several new practices and protocols.


We are listing below some of the key elements of our current plan. We encourage you to join the conversation by reaching out to us with any questions, comments, suggestions or concerns. 


The world may be different, but our goal remains the same: To create thriving Jewish life and community on campus–safely and responsibly.


Please remember that we are here for you and your child anytime, on call 24/7. Although we may need to be physically distant, we are always emotionally close.


With warmest regards,


Rabbi Chaim & Rochel Telsner


Chaim’s Cell- 224-432-9944. 

Rochel’s cell- 224-432-9945.



Below are some of the key aspects of ISU Chabad plans this semester. Please feel free to reach out for more specifics or for a copy of the complete re-opening plan:


1. Chabad’s  Outdoor Space

Chabad has purchased an open tent which will now be the operating space for meetings and events. This tent will be put up and will be set up with all that is needed to host our dear students. 


2. Shabbat at Chabad

Shabbat @ Chabad is a mainstay of keeping our community together. Shabbat dinners will be taking place at the new open air tent, where distance can be maintained. We have also put great care into our reopening food plan, with guidance from the CDC. These are the important guidelines for Shabbat Dinners:


- RSVP will be strictly required for attendance at the Shabbat meals 

- All food will be served by servers, not the usual family style

- Shabbat “to-go” packages will be available every single week for those who prefer to stay at home. These home-cooked and packaged meals can be arranged in advance to be picked up prior to Shabbat for smaller gatherings


3 . Learning opportunities/Sinai Scholars

We will be once again offering a wide array of classes throughout the semester where you can sign up to join either in person with groups up to 10 ( with masks and social distance) , or every single class will also be streamed online through Zoom.


Please Feel free to reach out to us anytime for any questions or comments, or if we can be of any assistance.