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In this difficult time of isolation, it is hard to remember that you are really not alone. But, as a member of Beth Israel SCC, that is certainly true…you are not alone.
The leadership of the congregation has organized a variety of phone calls, just to be in touch with our “family”. And our Sisterhood and Men’s Club have also reached out to their members. These calls will be made again and again, to convey the warm connection we all have with our temple.
We have begun to experiment with doing classes and services via such platforms as Zoom, and our tech team has been mastering the behind-the-scenes work it takes to mount these.
In the coming weeks, you can expect a weekly Shabbat evening experience on Fridays, a Passover seder on April 8, and classes on Thursdays and maybe even on Tuesdays. We hope to offer Torah study as well, perhaps on Shabbat afternoon.
A few congregants have offered their services if people need grocery shopping done, or prescriptions picked up; if you need that or some other kind of help, please let our rabbi know, and she will put you in touch with someone who can help.
And please watch for emails with specific information for all we will be doing over these next weeks. Check our website as well, for updates and other important details.
As this process drags on, keep in mind that the sun is still shining, the birds are still singing, and we have each other. We may be keeping our physical distance right now, but our spiritual and emotional connection is strong, and it will see us though this strange experience.
Our temple building is waiting for us to return, and return we surely will. In the meantime, we are demonstrating that a congregation is not about a building but rather about its people. And Beth Israel’s people are the best.