In these unprecedented times, a strong sense of community is more important than ever before. Our synagogue family will weather this crisis together, and we will find new ways to connect with each other even if it is not in person.

Like so many other houses of worship around the world, we have made the difficult decision to go dark and close the synagogue building to all activities. At this point, as we are all following, it is most important to practice physical distancing, and as a Jewish institution that upholds the sanctity of human life at all costs, we will do our part to ensure public safety. However, as Rabbi Natan mentioned last week, physical distancing does not mean social distancing. We must all find ways to still stay in contact and fulfill the synagogue’s holy mission of enriching Jewish lives.

To that end, Beth Shalom is moving to an all-virtual format. Please follow us on Facebook or sign up for an account if you do not have one. We are able to share so much information, pictures, and resources quickly using this type of social media format.

In this spirit, check out this message from Rabbi Natan and Taylor this morning!

Beginning this Friday night, we will have Kabbalat Shabbat Services, Torah Study, and Shacharit Shabbat online via zoom. They will all take place at their normal times, and will all be led by Rabbi Natan. There will, of course, be some modifications. (You are responsible for your own bagel at home :)), and we will chant from the chumash instead of the actual Torah scroll…to name a few)

Beginning next week, Rabbi Natan will be teaching a zoom class (Topic TBD) and will have virtual Havdala along with Rabbi Sam each Saturday evening

Taylor will be leading an interactive zoom Tot Shabbat for all families (Rayner and synagogue) at 11 a.m. on Friday mornings

Miriam Meetings will also move virtually as well as religious school. The next Miriam Meeting will be next Tuesday, March 24th at 6:30 p.m. More information will follow for religious school.

All virtual meetings, classes, and worship will take place here. We recognize that many people are not familiar with zoom or comfortable with computers. If you know someone who struggles with technology, please reach out to Taylor who will be happy to walk them through it and answer any questions. In addition, we will have a zoom info session this Thursday morning at 10 a.m.

If you would like to borrow a siddur for our online worship, please feel free to stop by the synagogue tomorrow or Wednesday to pick one up from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Taylor will be there to loan them out. If you need one delivered, please continue reading.

Rabbi Natan, Taylor, and our Yachad Caring Committee will be checking in on folks throughout the week(s). Please know that we are always around to chat, to talk, and to exchange some warm words. If you are in a vulnerable population and need assistance with errands, groceries or would like ritual objects delivered to you, please contact Rabbi Natan, Taylor or someone on the Yachad Caring Committee. We are happy to help in a safe way with preventative measures!

Weekly announcements with updated information will be sent each week as usual.The shul will re-evaluate this plan in 3-4 weeks, around April 13th

Stay safe and be in touch. To health and Shalom from your BSS family!