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March 16, 2020
Staying connected to our members during this time is one of our top priorities. With this in mind we will be sending out the eScribe on Mondays detailing the different digital options we have for you each week. If you don't receive our weekly eScribe, CLICK HERE.
We plan on utilizing Zoom online conferencing as much as possible. If you need assistance getting set up with Zoom, please watch the video above. More help can be found by visiting their website's Help Section by clicking here. All streams will begin 10 minutes before the scheduled start time.
Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday at 11:45 am (stream opens at 11:35am), Rabbi is hosting a member check-in and TBY update. This is your opportunity to connect with other members in support and share with us how you are doing. It will be a time for Rabbi to offer a brief teaching from our tradition and for us to come together in prayer during this challenging time. It will also be a time for Rabbi to share with you any news about TBY. Check-ins will start this Tuesday the 17th. This link below will be the same for every check-in for the duration of our closure so bookmark it for future use.
Wednesday with a Rabbi this week will feature guest lecturer Prof. Paul Liptz. Prof. Liptz was recently the CSP Scholar in Resident and attracted over 200 community members to TBY for his engaging lecture. You can join this and every Wednesday beginning 11:45 am (stream opens at 11:35am) by clicking the image above. This link will be the same for every Wednesday with a Rabbi for the duration of our closure so bookmark it for future use.
On Wednesday evening Book Club will be discussing Inheritance by Danny Shapiro beginning at 7:00pm (stream opens at 6:50pm). This was described as a short read so you still have time! Click the image above to join the conversation.
Next check-in (every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday) beginning at 11:45am (link opens at 11:35am). Link is above.
Enjoy a Shabbat message from our clergy delivered directly to your inbox on Friday morning. We also invite all to join us for digital Erev Shabbat Live beginning at 6pm (stream opens at 5:50pm). This Zoom link will be the same for every Shabbat for the duration of our closure so bookmark it for future use. We loved seeing you all last week and look forward to seeing you all again as we connect as a community and welcome Shabbat. You can also join us on our Facebook Page for a Live Stream of our Friday Night Shabbat Services. You don't need to have a Facebook profile to follow along.
We learn in a famous Talmudic phrase “Kol Yisrael arevin ze ba-zeh” – which means “We are all responsible for one another” (Sanhedrin 27b). This has particular relevance in a pandemic like the one we are currently experiencing, when most people who become infected have few, if any, symptoms, yet nevertheless become vectors of transmission to others. This situation poses a particularly serious risk for those whose age or underlying health make them especially vulnerable.
It is our concern for others – and not just our own personal health – which should motivate our actions.
At TBY we have already chosen to cancel a number of programs. We have been in constant communication about these cancellations and have made decisions with the best interests of our members in mind.
Starting tomorrow at 3:00 pm, all TBY Religious Services, Schools, activities, programs, and meetings will occur online or will be canceled.
This decision was made with a sense of responsibility to do our part as a congregation to protect all our members and the broader community.
We understand that it is important for our community to hear from our Clergy during this time. As such, each week prior to Shabbat TBY will provide all members with a link to a video. The content of this video will vary from week to week.
Effective today, the plan for other activities, programs and meetings is as follows:
All committee and board meetings – online/conference call Monday and Thursday Mah-jongg CANCELLED Play Rehearsal online beginning March 15th Weekly Torah Study online only beginning March 14th Wednesday with the Rabbi online only beginning March 18th March 14th - Jewish Movie Night CANCELLED March 15th - JCAL CANCELLED through April 26th (online options beginning March 22nd) March 18th - Book Club online March 19th - Bar/Bat Mitzvah training online only March 26th - Jewish Mindfulness CANCELLED March 27th - JCAL Shabbat & Pre-Party CANCELLED March 29th - Cantors Concert CANCELLED April 1st - Security Event CANCELLED April 9th - Community Passover Seder CANCELLED April 18th - TTOBYCHELLA CANCELLED April 19th - WTBY Blood Drive CANCELLED April 25th - Movie Night CANCELLED
We are still working through the digital options for these events (some will be via video conference/streaming and others will be teleconference only). Please look to our weekly announcements for details and updates.
Our Temple members are one part of our TBY family and the staff that makes the programming and education happen are another big part. As of today, I have asked all non-essential employees to work from home. We will still have a receptionist on duty during business hours and staff will diligently respond to emails. Below please find a complete list of staff with email address.
Of course, our rabbis and cantors remain available throughout to provide pastoral care through this challenging time.
TBY Preschool/JCAL/Youth Laura Gramling, TBY Preschool Director – email@example.com Laurie Nada, TBY Preschool Administrative Assistant – firstname.lastname@example.org Melissa Seidner, JCAL Administrative Assistant – email@example.com Melinda Weiss, Assistant Director of Education & Youth Engagement – firstname.lastname@example.org
Should you need immediate service during business hours please call the office at 949-644-1999. If this is a medical emergency, please call 911. If you need to get a hold of someone at Temple Bat Yahm and it is after hours please call the emergency number, (949) 697-6718.
With blessings of health for all in our community and beyond,
Rabbi Gersh Zylberman Mark Gulner Coby Sonenshine Senior Rabbi Executive Director President
Strength of tradition and warmth of community are at the heart of our congregation, yet we are so much more. We are a center for Jewish life, a home away from home where you and your loved ones can share with us in the life-long Jewish journey of learning and discovery.
Whatever your background, age, or stage of life, we invite you to get to know us by checking out our diverse programs, worship services and special events. We hope that you will find TBY at the center of your Jewish life. LGBTQI+ and Interfaith couples and families welcome!
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