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Our response to the coronavirus

March 19, 2020

Dear Temple Members,

We are still closely monitoring the quickly developing effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and taking steps to protect our community. The Temple leadership is meeting regularly to ensure the best practices for our community.

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have closed the Temple building to protect and care for those who work with us and our members. We have also made the decision not to hold Shabbat services in the building. You can live stream Shabbat services here on Friday evenings, at our regularly scheduled times, and follow along with an online version of the prayer book. There will be no Saturday morning Shabbat Services at this time.

We will miss seeing you at Temple, but we're still available by email and by phone, but we want to continue to engage as much as possible through virtual means. Below are a list of links for upcoming opportunities:

Gathering as a Congregation:

We hope to have many opportunities for our congregation to check in and spend some social time together.  Here are the currently scheduled events (all on Zoom):


Temple Sholom Check-In - Sunday, March 22 1pm -

Join us for as much or as little works for you.  We’ll just be sharing and talking, but we’re still working on this, so any suggestions as to timing, frequency, subject/no subject, as we go forward, will be greatly appreciated.  If you have the skills to host on-line meetings on Zoom, please let us know.

Lunch with the Rabbi - Thursday, March 26, 1:30 - 2:30pm -

We do this on the last Thursday of every month, and are very sorry that so many people are too far from the Temple to join us. Well, we’ve solved that problem - we’ll go virtual. Make your own lunch, sit at your own table, and join us for lunch and a schmooze.


Lifelong Learning:

We are currently making our already scheduled learning opportunities available on-line. Even if you have not ever joined us for a class before, drop in and join us.  Texts will be available for download and on-line during the classes. If you can teach or have a subject you want to learn, let us know and we’ll try to set it up.


Classic Jewish Folklore Collections - Tuesdays, 10:30am - noon -

In the 1970's, various collections of Jewish folktales were published and purchased as Chanukah and house-warming gifts. What do these stories tell about us as Jews - both about what we have preserved as stories, and why we chose to keep telling these particular stories. A few different stories each week - and then the self-analysis begins.


To Do the Right and the Good - Thursdays, 8 - 9pm -

A discussion of Elliot Dorff's book on a Jewish approach to social ethics. Texts will be posted on the Temple calendar and website, before the class.


The Rabbi will be holding his Tuesday morning and Thursday morning classes via Zoom, you can see them on the Temple calendar.

Please check our website to see updates, find other live streaming links, virtual learning and gathering opportunities. If you are familiar with Zoom and are willing to help others become familiar, please let us know.

We are all in this together. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will follow guidance from public health officials and government agencies, so we can continue to support each other.


Rabbi Joel Abraham
Cantor Darcie Sharlein
Mark Nussenfeld, President
Pam Brander, 1st Vice President
Bill Nadel, 2nd Vice President
Barbara Cooke, Temple Administrator

Wed, October 21 2020 3 Cheshvan 5781