June 15, 2020
Temple Beth Shalom has been closed since March due to the COVID-19 crisis. We took this step to protect the health of our members and others who may have wished to join us. During the shutdown we have had the services of Rabbi Carl Choper to help us through this difficult time. Rabbi Choper is also leading services, on Zoom, every other Friday at 7:15. Please check our weekly bulletin for the date and contact the office for sign in information.
It is not too early to start thinking about the High Holy Days. Communities across the country and locally are coming together to brainstorm ideas as to what is possible during this time of crisis. This we know about COVID-19:
This is a new (novel) disease that is highly contagious and much more deadly than flu.
At this time there is no effective vaccine; current treatments are only partially effective.
Masks and social distancing appear to be the best available means of reducing the risk of transmitting the disease.
We agree with these other communities that in-person services are not safe at this time. We are working with them to find ways to offer meaningful services virtually.
We have hired Rabbi Amita Jarmon to lead our High Holiday services this Fall, which we expect to be virtual. She has been with us the last three years for High Holy Days and we appreciate her willingness to come and be with us again. Rabbi Carl Choper will also be available for support, as his services at the Jewish home are limited.
The Coronavirus will set our schedule for returning to normal practices, or what will be the new normal. Please continue to monitor our website, and face book page for updates.
COVID-19 AND TEMPLE BETH SHALOM
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