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High Holidays 5781 Congregational Update

Dear Temple Shir Shalom Members,

Since mid-March, we have all been given opportunities to make tangible and real the very values that drive and sustain us. As we carry on through this trying summer and anticipate what will undoubtedly be a challenging fall - never have these values been more important.

As a Jewish community, we live with the importance of Pikuach Nefesh (safeguarding life), Kol Yisrael Areivim Zeh Bazeh (demonstrating responsibility for one another) and Chesed (profound love and kindness). It is with these teachings as the very underpinnings of our faith that Temple Shir Shalom will be holding virtual (online) High Holy Day services for our New Year 5781. Together with our Temple Board of Directors and guided by recommendations of our COVID Health Task Force, we came to this decision after much discussion and understanding. Though we will miss the opportunity of worshipping together in our sacred space and greeting each of you with a Shanah Tovah, we know this is the right choice to make for the health and safety of our community.

We are well aware that many eagerly await the services of this season. With that in mind, we can assure you that tremendous care will be taken in delivering the best experience possible under these circumstances. With every challenge, we strongly believe that new opportunities await our discovery and that is exactly what we intend to do. With Temple’s core values of authenticity and imagination, we will create opportunities that engage all our members, of all ages, supplementing our traditional prayer experiences with additional musical moments and special times for meditation, reflection, study and learning.

Again, while these High Holidays will be unlike any other in Temple’s 32 years, let alone our lives, we know it will be an important and meaningful time. We promise to keep you updated as our plans take shape so that every member can participate in welcoming our new year. Each year as we prepare for the High Holy Days, the unique sound of the shofar awakens something within us. Hearing it is the reminder to once again reconnect with our inner goodness and the links we can find with the divine in our world. This year, however, the shofar also summons us to strength in the face of challenge, hope in the face of adversity, and joy in our efforts to be together in new and exciting ways.

B’vracha v’shalom,

With blessing and peace,

Rabbi Michael L. Moskowitz, Rabbi Daniel A. Schwartz, Rabbi Dannel I. Schwartz, Cantor Penny M. Steyer,

Brian Fishman, Executive Director and Keith Lublin, President 


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Fri, September 18 2020 29 Elul 5780