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COVID-19 Updates

UPDATE JULY 2, 2020:

Our worship through December will be virtual and our building will remain closed. We make these decisions to protect the health and well-being of our Clergy, leaders, staff, and congregants.

The underlying value informing our decision-making and planning processes, in all areas of Jewish life, is the ultimate mitzvah of Pikuach Nefesh, “saving lives.” Our Executive Committee has approved the following plan for August through December--informed by our Health Advisory Team and expertise across many fields directed toward Houses of Worship (Jewish and interfaith).

We appreciate that our community comprises individuals with varying levels of comfort and risk, and we have spent many hours in deliberation about these decisions and have entertained many scenarios. In the end, Houses of Worship remain one of the highest sources of risk for virus transmission and we return to a decision of institutional caution that protects the greatest number of people and the greater good.

These are extraordinary times calling for extraordinary measures. Although our building is closed, Judea Reform Congregation is still up and running; our staff is working remotely, diligently, and in innovative ways to find creative ways to stay connected; worship; gather virtually; and take care of one another.  Of course, we will be continually monitoring conditions around COVID-19 and public health guidelines for the state of North Carolina and the country, and if we believe the conditions are right for phasing a re-opening of our building before the end of December, we will do so. Thank you for your continued support and patience.​

What will this mean for all activities at Judea Reform through December, 2020?

SHABBAT SERVICES

During this pandemic, our virtual Beit K’nesset/Sanctuary “lives” interactively on Facebook Live and our website. Our worship takes place virtually (Fridays at 6pm) here on our website, through Zoom (link provided here when applicable), or you may also join us on Facebook.  By centralizing our Shabbat worship experience on Friday evenings our community has discovered and felt the power of being all together, as one praying community, countering the reality of physical distancing.

TORAH STUDY

Torah Study is held online on Saturdays at 9:00am here on our website, through Zoom or you may also join us on Facebook. Our weekly enotices will provide details on who is leading Torah Study each week. Many thanks for the support of the Daniel Weiss Fund for making this live streaming possible. 

HIGH HOLY DAYS 5781

We have started our planning for a transformative virtual High Holy Days, and in mid-August we will share Judea Reform’s roadmap for the Days of Awe. Stay tuned. We will be communicating as our plans evolve.

RELIGIOUS SCHOOL

Our Religious School will be virtual this Fall, with exciting and intentional synchronous learning on Sunday mornings, tailored to each grade level. We will foster an enduring and impactful connection to Judaism and will enliven what it means to “live Judaism” with a transformative Racial Justice curriculum, relevant to our times and Jewish values. Planning is underway, with a strong team of our leaders, and our Director of Congregational Learning Rena Fraade will share more details later in the summer about Religious School and registration.  

YAHRZEIT LETTERS & OBSERVANCE

As a safety measure, yahrzeit observance letters will arrive in your email inbox and will no longer be sent by paper mail/USPS. In addition, we are listing the  coming week's yahrzeits in our eNotices (at the bottom). We will maintain our custom of mentioning the names of those whose yahrzeits we are honoring before kaddish at our virtual Shabbat Services on Fridays at 6:00pm. 

HEALING LIST--HOW TO ADD NAMES

If you would like to add the name of a loved one (or remove a name) to the Judea Reform healing list, please email Lois Price at lprice@judeareform.org.

LIFECYCLE EVENTS

At this time and for the near future, all worship and lifecycle events will be virtual. For more information about how we are handling b'nei mitzvahs, weddings, baby namings, special blessings please contact lprice@judeareform.org. For information on funerals,  death processes, shivas, burials, during this time please visit our Life Cycle webpage or contact lprice@judeareform.org.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS 

We will make available teleconferencing technology (Zoom) to gather virtually for  Committee Meetings. Check our virtual calendar for scheduled meetings (https://www.judeareform.org/calendar). To contact a Committee Chairs for more information  Contact the Executive Director for requests at eyoung@judeareform.org.

JRC BUSINESS OFFICE REQUEST DURING COVID-19

If you are planning to make a payment on your account, please consider doing so via online credit card payment. Doing so minimizes the need for our staff to be handling mail and making trips to the bank. If you need help accessing the online payment option in ShulCloud, please don't hesitate to contact Liz Gibbons at egibbons@judeareform.org or 919-489-7062, ext 225.

REACHING STAFF

Judea Reform’s building is closed to the public starting March 13, 2020. We do not expect to be back in our building before the end of DecemberOur staff are working remotely to run the functions of the synagogues in this new environment, implement remote communication technology, and determine further next steps for the safety and health of all within our community. Please demonstrate patience and appreciation for our professional team. All are available by email.

ZOOM ASSISTANCE/ CONNECTING TO VIRTUAL JRC

If you are feeling socially isolated because of the COVID-19 quarantine but are not yet familiar or comfortable using Judea’s virtual tools, we would like to help you.  Please send an email to info@judeareform.org and a human will get in touch with you.

We also have a list of resources available for you learn on your own:

 

 

 

 


On Three Things

Rabbi Soffer's message about Shabbat as worship services are canceled across the nation because of COVID-19,
broadcast on Channel 11 ABC, before Shabbat, March 20, 2020.

A Message to Health Care Workers during COVID-19 from Rabbi Soffer

 

 

Sat, October 24 2020 6 Cheshvan 5781