Inclement Weather & Building Closing Policy

Inclement Weather & Building Closing Policy

Days, Evening Meetings, Sunday Meetings

Decisions will be made by the Executive Director in concert with the appropriate committee chair or professional.  If it is necessary to cancel or postpone meetings and/or classes a timely announcement will be broadcast via email.

Morning & Evening Minyans

If Montgomery County Schools are closed or delayed then morning minyan is canceled.  If Montgomery County Schools cancel evening activities then evening minyan is canceled. No other notification will be given for these events.

The notice from the school system can be found at:

The notice for evening programs in the school system can be found at:


From time to time it is necessary to close school due to inclement weather or other unforeseen emergencies.  In such cases, Gates of Discovery:  The Rose and George Teller Preschool of Shaare Tefila will follow the decision of the Montgomery County School System on the first day of closings.  Future day closings shall be made at the discretion of the school administration.  If Montgomery County delays school openings, Gates of Discovery shall open at 10:00am, regardless of the number of hours Montgomery County schools are delayed.  Information regarding snow days, late openings, or early closings can also be found by calling the school telephone, 301-593-3410 ext. 105.

Religious School

Any decision to close Chavaya Sunday school will be announced via email no later than 7 am Sunday morning.

Youth Department

Events will be cancelled on a case-by-case basis.  Those who have RSVP’d to the event will be contacted.

Shabbat Services

We do not cancel Shabbat Services.

In all cases every effort will be made to send an email broadcast and change the outgoing voice mail message at 301-593-3410.  Outgoing voice mail messages indicating the building is closed will announce the date(s) for which the message is valid.  IF THERE ARE NO CLOSURES, THE MESSAGE WILL NOT BE CHANGED. Please note that it is not always possible to change the outgoing voice mail message or send an email.

In all cases – please be sure to consider your safety first and do not attend an event if you feel that will put you in harms way.