CHAG SHAVUOT SAMECH!
MAZAL TOV TO:
Robert Quittner, on the birth of his granddaughter.
Linda and Marcos Ackerman, on the passing of their Brother in Law, Srulik ben Eliezer Yaker, z”l.
May his memory be for a blessing, and may the Yaker and Ackerman families be comforted among the mourner of Zion and Jerusalem.
SHABBAT’S LIVESTREAM BROADCASTS SPONSORS:
To commemorate any occasion or lifecycle event, instead of sponsoring Kiddush or the Oneg Shabbat, we ask you to consider sponsoring a Livestream broadcast, or any of our Zoom sessions.
For more information, contact Marla at firstname.lastname@example.org
IN THESE TIMES OF STRESS…
The Social Action Team is organizing a group of mental health professionals who will be volunteering to give free counseling during these difficult times.
All inquiries for the free CONFIDENTIAL service will go through Gisela Ludman Rojzman, LMFT. She can be reached at 786-587-7900 or email@example.com and will be the clearinghouse for other counseling professionals we have in the BTBRC community.
Passover is Over and Now We Count up to Shavout
Can we count the ways that we have changed – as individuals, as a society, and as a synagogue family? We are all counting towards the day when the restrictions on our daily lives end and we can look to return to another “new”normal. In Judaism, we are counting up to the 49th day (and we are at day 8) when we celebrate the gift of the Torah on Shavout (May 29th).
With all of this counting, we have discovered that we can “count” on each other as well. In the span of the past 4 weeks we all have responded to the changes that the Coronavirus pandemic has created in our own world. Each of us has had to change and adapt – to isolation, fear, worry, and then to new ways of engaging with others.
The ability to reach out virtually during these times has been one of the major changes that really happened overnight. Lifecycle events continue even in these times. We have become a lifeline for our members, for the children in the ECA, Religious School or in USY and Kadima. Our Social Action volunteers, started by calling our seniors, and now we have expanded this to call each family just to say hi. During our minyan we have “virtually”celebrated 2 baby namings (the one on Sunday had 100 people from multiple countries) and a tefillin service for a Bar Mitzvah boy who read his Torah portion, even though his actual Bar Mitzvah ceremony is postponed. Both Rabbis have had to officiate at funerals where Zoom was used to share the funeral with family who were not allowed to participate. In addition, Rabbi Rojzman held global dialogues between Argentina and South Florida – bringing the world together. We held our first ever on-line, interactive Community Seders using Zoom and these were attended not only by our members here, but by people in many parts of the world. So many of you have joined our Friday night 7:00 PM and Shabbat morning 9:30 AM services via Livestream (http://btbrc.org/livestreaming/#PEREZ) and have sent in wonderful comments.
We will be expanding our learning opportunities in the coming week, and we appreciate you allowing Beth Torah to be part of your life now, and into the future. Next Monday, April 20th at 7:00 PM, we will be having an on-line commemoration for Yom HaShoah. Please read the flyer and join us for this important event.
To count on each other going forward will mean that we will get used to some of this technology as an everyday occurrence. We have more people at morning minyan now, what can we do to sustain and increase that? We have evening minyan, every night we have enough people for Mincha and Ma’ariv services. Our students and teachers have learned through distance learning…can we have a component of that even when we pass this pandemic’s conclusion?
All of these are items we need to think about as we start to plan together for the future. We would like you to send us your thoughts (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com )- what have you attended; what do you want to see; and how can we count on you to volunteer to help out?
Our first Shabbat after Passover includes the Torah portion Shemini. It is part of the count from today to Shavout. The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) commentary explaining this week’s parasha is found at this link…check it out at http://www.jtsa.edu/how-do-we-mourn
We thank you so much for your help and your presence (“virtually”). We look forward to the day when we can be together again in-person!