Special Outdoor Shabbat Morning Service: Parashat Koraḥ

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Saturday, June 27, 2020 10:00 am in Government House Grounds—Come and reconnect in person with friends for a spirited, casual, participative prayer and Torah learning experience.

If you wish to attend, please register as soon as possible HERE.

We will welcome Rabbi Matt and family into our congregational family a bit more officially and, for many of us, we will see folks in a multidimensional way for the first-time in a while. Rabbi Harry and Rabbi Matt will craft a soulful condensed Shabbat service that will be full of song, meditative prayer and provocative and insightful learning.

The service will be live-streamed via Zoom. All are welcome to attend from the safety of their own homes. For those who wish to join online:

  • Join online: CLICK HERE…
  • Regular Dial-in: Call: 1 778 907 2071
  • Meeting ID: 824 1330 9293
  • Password: 929054

For those who wish to attend in person, we require adherence to the following guidelines:

  1. Attendance will be limited to a maximum of 50 people, as per current BC guidelines. Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
  2. If you wish to attend, please register as soon as possible HERE.  Please specify how many people are in your personal pod so we can be accurate in our count. Registration is key not only to ensure that we do not exceed the allowable numbers but also to allowing for public health contact follow-up should, G. forbid, anyone attending later be diagnosed with coronavirus.
  3. Please be prepared to ensure physical distancing. We ask everyone to remember to keep at least 2 metres between people (or between family pods).
  4. Please bring your own mask, and please be prepared to wear it throughout our time together. Here is some good information about mask use and safety.
  5. Please bring your own water bottle, sun hat, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, blanket or lawn/camping chair.
  6. Stay home if you feel unwell. Please complete the BC Covid-19 self-assessment tool prior to joining services.

We will be meeting in Government House Grounds at the orchard adjacent to the bandshell. Here are maps for Government House and the gardens – the orchard is at the upper right side of the gardens map.

On arrival, please sanitize your hands and put on your mask: We will then provide a siddur/prayer book. A member of the Religious Services Committee will greet you and help you find a comfortable, well-spaced place on the lawn. Jewish ritual pre-COVID-19 allowed for an abundance of physical demonstrations of affection but in this COVID-19 phase we all need to be highly cognizant of maintaining physical distance and not touching and kissing our Torah Scrolls nor one another. To ensure we are all safe, some of our rituals will be slightly modified. Torah teaches us that mitzvot and customs must be veḥai bahem (life affirming).

Washrooms: There are public washroom facilities close to the spot where we will gather for prayer.

Parking: For those who have mobility challenges, there is a parking lot close to the davening place and volunteers can help those who need assistance. We ask those who are not mobility challenged to park in the adjacent neighbourhood and walk over.

Kiddush: We regret that, for safety reasons, we simply cannot provide a post davening Kiddush. However, we have yummy individually wrapped snacks to tide us over after davening.

We look forward to a soulful, connecting and uplifting morning together—both in person and via Zoom. We realize that we cannot at this stage return to our lovely normal Shabbat together experience. Let’s take the spiritual and emotional elements that make our congregation so special and do our best to recreate them together in spite of COVID-19.



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