Beth Shalom Synagogue
Soon, we will gather together in our virtual synagogue to celebrate our joyful holiday of Passover. As part of the four questions, we ask “Mah Nishtana Ha’Layla Ha’Zeh?” / Why is this night different from other nights? This year, we know the obvious answer to that question, and yet we will gather nonetheless and feel the love and warmth radiating toward us from all of cyberspace. Especially during these days of physical distancing, we need to gather together virtually to demonstrate that our synagogue family is as strong as ever. 

We continue working towards defeating this public health crisis. Please continue to adhere to the “Stay at Home Order,” with the exceptions of essential work or needs. Two things to note: 1) We can still go outside and enjoy the outdoors, but make sure to politely avoid anyone else, keeping at least 6 feet distance from others. 2) Many local businesses are still open for delivery, drive-thru, or take-out. We can do our small part in helping our local economy weather this terrible storm. Join the #KBRS (Keep Baton Rouge Serving) Campaign to help support our local restaurants and service staff members. 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to Rabbi NatanTaylor Pettit or Mark Posner  if you have any concerns or issues. 
Parashat Tzav

This Weekend – All events will occur here unless otherwise noted

If you do not have a hard copy of our siddur “Mishkan Tefilah“, please pull up this digital version and follow along during Services.
Friday, April 3
  • 11:00 am — Tot Shabbat led by Taylor
  • 6:30 pm — Kabbalat Shabbat led by Rabbi Natan and Lillia
    Please be ready with your own Shabbat candles and kiddush cup as we say the blessings together!
Saturday, April 4
  • 9:30 am — Covenant & Conversation led by Rabbi Natan
  • 10:30 am – Shacharit Shabbat led by Rabbi Natan

Pesach Services – April 9th, 10th, 15th & 16th

We are going to join the Worship Services of Congregation B’nai Torah, a conservative congregation in Atlanta that Rabbi Natan visits often. Here is the schedule for Services for both first and second days of the Festivals, as well as Yizkor. All Services begin at 8:30am Baton Rouge Time. Rabbi Natan will be there as well and hopes to “see” you there. Their virtual synagogue can be found here. A special thanks to Rabbis Heller and Konigsburg for graciously allowing us to join their worship Services. 

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, April 7th @ 10am
Come join our zoom call and learn how to make all of this tech work for you! Send Taylor an email or call her (862-432-1311) to join this troubleshooting tech time. Tech Tuesdays Hours – 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 8th @ 11 am Max and Bubbie’s Unique Passover – a live online puppet show.  Max and his Bubbe are preparing for Passover. But this Passover will be a little different, since they won’t be able to be together physically. Can they make it work with the wonders of technology? 
Virtual Pesach Seder
Join us for our annual BSS Second Night Seder tradition, led by Rabbi Natan  and Lillia. No, we will not be meeting in person this year for obvious reasons, but we will be celebrating our People’s universal story of exodus and redemption…virtually! Make sure to have your Seder plate ready, and anything else that will make the experience more meaningful in this new virtual format. Please RSVP here for Virtual Pesach Seder!!

In addition, you should have received an email about Passover food supplies, and we are in the process of preparing an electronic haggadah as well. Stay tuned for more information on that, and if you want to pick up a paper copy, we’ll have some times organized next week for pick-up at the shul. Can’t wait to “see” you soon as the concept of freedom takes on new meaning this year for us all!
Helping Hands
If you are in need of groceries, ritual objects or anything else – please reach out to Rabbi Natan or Taylor. We are here to help you and will use preventative measures to keep everyone safe in doing so.