Hundreds receive rapid covid-19 testing at Temple B’rith Kodesh in Brighton

Hundreds receive rapid covid-19 testing at Temple B’rith Kodesh in Brighton

Temple B’rith Kodesh, 2131 Elmwood Ave [Photos: David Kramer 12/17]

Earlier today, when at the Brighton Memorial Library, I saw lines of vehicles stretched out on Elmwood Avenue, veering like a string of beads into Temple B’rith Kodesh.

Temple B’rith Kodesh, 2131 Elmwood Ave, 12/17

As I followed the train of cars and vans, I encountered people — all conscientious citizens — who had registered for rapid Covid-19 tests, so rapid that results are determined in less than 30 minutes.

Temple B’rith Kodesh, 2131 Elmwood Ave, 12/17

As seen in Monroe County to Partner with Local Municipalities on Community COVID-19 Testing Initiative, the Temple has kindly opened its doors for testing from 2- 4pm on Tuesdays and Thursday at least through December.

See Monroe County, NY COVID-19 Testing Registration Form

Inside the Temple, I watched health professionals in light blue gowns and wearing face shields meticulously pre-arrange syringes and informational material and collect samples, each time spending time to explain the procedures. As importantly, everyone was reassured that if tested positive, the county would offer support, whether it be contact tracing to protect others or monitoring the health of those who might quarantine.

Temple B’rith Kodesh, 2131 Elmwood Ave, 12/17

There, I met a Monroe County staff member working to smoothly choreograph the traffic of testers and testees.  I was eager to publicize the testings, but worried that my pictures of the packed entrance and parking lot could  discourage people.

Temple B’rith Kodesh, 2131 Elmwood Ave, 12/17

As he looked at vehicles inching forward, the staff member responded that long lines on a snowy day is a good problem to have.  Long lines on a snowy day showed that the community cares about its health — individually and collectively. An even bigger problem would be no lines at all.

So, if you feel you are in any way at risk, please register for the test. And, thanks Temple B’rith Kodesh for hosting.

See Monroe County, NY COVID-19 Testing Registration Form


Distributing masks in Brighton and revisiting (again) the Highland Crossing Trail in (another) May snowfall

On Temple B’rith Kodesh 

Good Luck continues. And what the Torah says I should do. And the Mystic’s stick

Nearly 4,000 at Temple B’rith Kodesh mourn

About The Author

Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


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