Community Advice regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

From 18 January 2021


MCK Office Update: 

The MCK office in St Kilda is OPEN. 
Office hours are Monday - Thursday from 9am to 5pm & Friday 9am to 2pm.
To report a death, please call 03 9534 0208 (24/7).
Sheimos may be dropped off during office hours.

Funerals 
Both indoors and outdoors, there are NO group limits, but with the density requirements of the 2 square metre rule applying. It is mandatory for all attendees to register your attendance at a Funeral by scanning the QR code available on posters  (other registration options are available) at the Shtiebel.

Springvale shtiebel can accommodate approx 120 attendees and Lyndhurst shtiebel can accommodate approx 240 attendees. If the number of attendees inside the shtiebel exceeds the density limits, please follow the instructions of MCK staff.

Wearing a face mask is no longer compulsory indoors at Funerals, but it is strongly recommended you wear one whenever you cannot keep 1.5 metres distance from other people. 

All individuals MUST always adhere to social distancing and the 1 person per 2 sq metre rule everywhere (shtiebel, gravesite, roadways, pathways and carpark) .

Consecrations

Please use the "Book Consecration" button on the Consecration page to request a Consecration booking. All bookings must be confirmed by MCK following your electronic request. There are no group limits, but the 1.5m distance rules apply.

Minyan and Shiva Guidelines
Please follow Government guidelines as to the number of attendees allowed in a private home. Currently, you can have up to 15 visitors to your home per day. There is no limit on the number of households those people come from. Front and backyards are considered part of the home. Please refer to your Rabbi for guidance. 

Visiting a grave
You can visit a cemetery with the members of your household, your partner or in a group of up to 100 people at any one time.

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• If a minyan (10) of Jewish men are not available, MCK will ensure that there are 10 Jewish men in attendance.
• All Shtiebel services will be webstreamed, allowing everyone to participate remotely.
• Social distancing within the Shtiebel will be expected.
• Hand sanitiser will be available. 
• For advice regarding Minyan and Shiva etiquette, please refer to your Rabbi. 

Please be advised that while assisting families following the passing of a loved one (irrespective of the cause of passing) and bringing that person into our care, our Funeral Attendants will be wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as prescribed by The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS ) to protect both families and ourselves during the current period of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) concerns.  

As an essential community service we must attend and perform our duties, so the PPE equipment is now a mandatory requirement. We apologise if this causes any extra stress at this already sensitive time. 

When attending a Funeral please be mindful of all the precautions and guidelines issued by Government and Communal bodies regarding public gatherings and social distancing. Obviously, please refrain from kissing, hugging and hand shaking mourners or other attendees. 

As a community service MCK will be offering all families free webstreaming of the Shtiebel service, allowing friends to particpate from home, rather than attending a large community gathering.