Shabbat Shalom! There’s a story that’s told of a group of birds, a flock that would spend their time together, go flying in groups, nest near one another. One day, someone came along while this whole group was together and they cast the net on top of all of the birds. The strongest bird tried to lift the net but it was too heavy. Other birds started trying, but they couldn’t do it. Then someone said, “What if we all try together?” So every single bird took a section of that net and together they flapped their wings and they managed to lift it up and toss it to the side. And all together they became free. Continue reading Rabbi Matt: Shabbat D’var Vayakhel/Pekudei
The office will be closed until further notice. Zelda and Susan are reachable by email. Zelda will be checking the synagogue voicemail from home. It will be easier to reach her by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please email Susan at email@example.com
With regret, Congregation Emanu-El will not hold a communal seder this year. We cannot hold such an event and sustain the recommended distance between people, nor can we manage with our space constraints to serve food for so many except as a buffet, which again is unsafe in these circumstances.
The Board, Rabbinic and Administrative staff are making this decision now, rather than waiting to see if things improve, for several reasons:
- We want to ensure the health of our members. A communal seder presents numerous risks better avoided.
- Cancelling early gives people time to make alternative plans with family and friends.
- There are costs involved that we can avoid by deciding now, before they are incurred.
We know that this will be a disappointment to many, particularly to those for whom the community seder provides their main opportunity to observe this mitzvah. We will endeavor as a community to find ways to connect meaningfully and safely during this holiday.
- It’s a very difficult time and not always easy to appreciate who needs support.
- If you feel you’d benefit from having regular phone calls at this time, or help with shopping, or you need a meal or some kind of support, please email the Synagogue’s Outreach team through Jill Swartz at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re unable to visit people right now, but will resume visits again in the future.
- Also, if you’re interested in volunteering to help with community support, please email Outreach at Jill Swartz’s email listed above.
Jill Swartz for the Outreach Team
We are looking for people to help train our community members with technology. Can you use Zoom? We’d love to have you do an online tutorial for us! Is FaceTime, Whatsapp, or Skype second nature? Please let us know and we can link you up with someone who could use some guidance. It would be a huge mitzvah to help our congregation to stay connected!
Please contact email@example.com and let them know you’re interested in helping out.