Rabbi ’s Message
To my Temple Emanuel family,
We are confronted with a new un- settling reality as we all worry about our families, our friends, and our- selves.
This COVID-19 Pandemic has re- minded us of the importance of good health and how interconnected we all are as human beings.
Our religion teaches us to come together as a community to support one another in times of need, but in the words of a colleague, the coronavirus has put us in uncharted territory. The best medical advice is telling us to separate ourselves from community in order to slow the spread of the virus. I want to stress to everybody that physical separation does not mean spiritual separation.
We have moved our Shabbat services to an online format and our students will be able to attend classes online as well. Like so many others we will move from physical connection to virtual connections in order to learn, pray, and help those in need. We will find ways to stay connected and draw closer to our community even as we distance ourselves physically for protection.
In a post from the URJ (Union of Reform Judaism), they wrote, now is the time to show the power of community, not the lack of it, connecting online in lieu of in person gatherings will allow us to create community, and bring solace and comfort to those in isolation.
Please be assured that I am available on my phone to offer support and comfort to anyone who wants to reach out to me. I hope you are doing as well as possible during this uncertain time. Please stay safe and follow the guidance of the CDC and your healthcare professionals.
I will pray for our community and the individuals that comprise it and hope that you will add your prayers to mine as we confront this crisis with faith and not in fear.
Rabbi David Goldstein
With cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) be- ginning to appear locally and increasing throughout Florida and the United States, life came to a screeching halt when our public health officials and government leaders initiated social distancing, and the postponing or cancel- ling of group meetings.
We often take our good heath, family, friends and our community for granted. We have rapidly learned the importance of these and how we can live without the multitude of outside activities and events that have previously filled our daily schedules. Now is the time for us to come together as a Temple family and support our fellow congregants and friends.
Our top priority at Temple Emanuel is to ensure the safety and well-being of our congregants, their families, and friends while attending our services, religious school, and other activities. The decision to suspend all activities at the Temple was a difficult decision made by the Executive Committee to protect our congregants from any possible expo- sure.
Our Rabbi and the Temple board did not let it get us down, but instead moved into an alternate plan to continue Shabbat Services, Hebrew School and other activities with the use of technology. We have instituted an online meeting platform to resume Temple activities and business with minimal disruption.
We had our first Torah study session and everyone that attended really enjoyed the discussion and the online format. We are planning to continue our weekly Torah Study.
We will hold Shabbat Services on Friday evenings at 7:30 pm and Saturday Shabbat morning services at 10:30 am (Note: The Shabbat morning service will begin an hour lat- er than our regular start time.)
Hebrew School will resume on Wednesday, March 25th from 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm. Par- ents please stop by the education building and pick up a copy of the siddur for your child prior to Wednesday the 25th.
Book Club, Trivia and our Yom Hashoah program will meet as previously scheduled us- ing the virtual meeting format.
Please check your email, the Temple website and Facebook page for updates and the links to join our online meetings. I look forward to seeing everyone online at our services and other events.
Stay Safe and Healthy. Stay inside and remember to wash your hands frequently!