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Update as of 3.16.20

Congregational Message | March 16, 2020:

We hope this finds you well amidst the physical and emotional challenges the coronavirus has created for us all. In the face of the pandemic, all of us at Temple remain committed to our core values, and in these unprecedented times, our values matter more than ever. TBS will continue to be a vibrant Reform Jewish community that strives to be a place of sacred encounter and a source of compassion and service to others even as the ways we encounter each other change.

Keeping the health and well-being of our entire community in mind, we are suspending on-site operations effective Monday, March 16, through Sunday, March 29.

· The building will be closed to the public (except for elections on Tuesday, 3/17).

· Staff will be working remotely each day, and will remain available by email and Temple phone. Our phone service should operate normally; please be patient as we perfect this process.

· Temple’s clergy and professional teams remain available to meet your pastoral, spiritual and communal needs. Please make sure to call us if we can be of help to you in any way.

Our remote operations will continue to evolve over the coming days and weeks as we strive to best serve you in these challenging times. We ask for your patience and support as we determine the details of for prayer, learning and service, will move forward both on- and off-line.

· Torah study on Saturday morning at 9:30 am will be virtual: https://zoom.us/j/438992581

· Minyan on Friday evening at 6:00 pm and Saturday morning at 10:30 am will be livestreamed only (no physical attendance). This may be amended if we go into a quarantine status. Keep posted for details.

· As of Monday, TBSIS and ALL TEMPLE MEETINGS AND PROGRAMS will no longer meet in person. When possible, classes or meetings will be moved to online platforms. Follow up e-mails on specific programs will be sent shortly.

· Next Shabbat, all Shabbat Services will be livestreamed only

· Critical lifecycle events such as funerals will continue in person for immediate family.

· Our clergy remains available to any who needs us at any time. Virtual appointments may be made by calling the clergy office.

· Phone calls are being made to our congregants to connect and offer support at this time.

· Rabbi Loiben is scheduling virtual meet-ups with our teens. Details to follow.

 

 

Connecting with each other at this time of anxiety and uncertainty is critical. Livestreaming of Shabbat services is available on our homepage and through the generosity of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, there is a free online version of our prayer book, Mishkan Tefila for Shabbat is available here.

 

Please contact Rabbi Pomerantz right away if you have been diagnosed with CoVID-19 so that we can help you and take measures to protect others.

 

Wherever we may be located in the coming weeks, we look forward to creating offerings that will reaffirm your sense of belonging in the vibrant and caring Jewish home that is Temple Beth Sholom.

L’shalom,

Rabbi Gayle Pomerantz


3.13.20

Dear TBS Friends and Family,

We want to keep you informed about how we at TBS are dealing with the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. Last week, we sent you a letter discussing alternative Shabbat practices during this challenging time (read here).  This Shabbat, our building is open but our schedule is modified (details below). We are taking every reasonable precaution we can, exercising vigilance around cleaning and hand washing.  

We once again urge you to download our TBS app which will keep you apprised of our activities and cancellations at TBS.  Download in the App Store or  Download in the Google Play Store.

Shabbat Worship, B’nei Mitzvah Services and JLAB will proceed this Shabbat. 

Please be aware that the following changes are being made to our schedule:

  • Torah study on Saturday morning at 9:30 am will be virtual: Zoom link.
  • Minyan on Saturday morning at 10:30 am will be livestreamed only (no physical attendance)
  • The B’nei Mitzvah will proceed as scheduled
  • As of Monday, TBSIS and ALL TEMPLE MEETINGS AND PROGRAMS will no longer meet in person. When possible, classes or meetings will be moved to online platforms.  Follow up e-mails on specific programs will be sent shortly.
  • Next Shabbat, all Shabbat Services will be livestreamed only
  • Critical lifecycle events such as funerals will continue in person for immediate family and will be livestreamed if held in our Sanctuary
  • Our clergy remains available to any who needs us at any time. Virtual appointments may be made by calling the clergy office.  In-person appointments should be limited to urgent situations.

All of these decisions will carry until Monday, March 30 at the earliest and we will communicate any changes as appropriate on this page and through e-blast.

Connecting with each other at this time of anxiety and uncertainty is critical. Livestreaming of Shabbat services is available on our homepage and through the generosity of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, there is a free online version of our prayer book, Mishkan Tefila for Shabbat is available here.

Please contact Rabbi Pomerantz right away if you have been diagnosed with CoVID-19 so that we can help you and take measures to protect others.

In Jewish tradition, Pikuach Nefesh, saving a life, supersedes all other mitzvot.  Let us all take every measure possible to ensure not only our own safety, but the safety of our neighbors, friends and others.  We know that we are all connected, all responsible for each other, tied together in a network of community.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

We pray for healing for all those who are unwell and for peace and hope for us all.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Gayle Pomerantz 

Jeff Graff, President

Wed, May 27 2020 4 Sivan 5780