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COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 VACCINATIONS:

Here is the information about vaccine eligibility from the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services: https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/vaccines

NC COVID-19 Vaccine Information Center: 888-675-4567

BUILDING UPDATE JANUARY 2021: 
At this point in time and for the near future, our worship 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 Leadership has made decisions at every step-informed by our Health Advisory Team and expertise across many fields directed toward Houses of Worship (Jewish and interfaith).

In December of 2020 a Building Re-Opening Task Force was formed, at the request of Judea Reform Congregation's President, and a Judea Reform Congregation Re-Opening Plan will inform our decisions moving forward in 2021, as we consider a phased re-opening for our building as conditions are appropriate.

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. Houses of Worship still 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 and in innovative ways to find creative ways to stay connected; worship; gather virtually; and take care of one another.  Of course, we continue to monitor  conditions around COVID-19 and public health guidelines for the state of North Carolina and the country. Thank you for your continued support and patience.​

What does this mean for all activities at Judea Reform?

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. Questions about Torah Study? Please contact our Director of Congregational Learning, Rena Fraade.

 

RELIGIOUS SCHOOL

Our Religious School is currently virtual, 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. Questions about Religious School? Please email our Director of Congregational Learning, Rena Fraade. 

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 saying the names of those whose yahrzeits we are honoring before Kaddish at our virtual Shabbat Services on Fridays at 6:00pm.  Questions about yahrzeit observance? Please email Julie Fishkin, Life Cycle & Pastoral Care Coordinator.

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 Julie Fishkin, Life Cycle & Pastoral Care Coordinator.

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 mitzvah, weddings, baby namings, and  special blessings please contact Julie Fishkin. For information on funerals,  death processes, shivas, burials, during this time please visit our Life Cycle webpage or contact Julie Fishkin

COMMITTEE MEETINGS 

We will make available teleconferencing technology (Zoom) to gather virtually for  Committee Meetings. Check our virtual calendar for scheduled meetings. To contact a Committee Chairs or for more information contact the Executive Director, Emily Young.

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 Business Manager, Liz Gibbons by email or 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

 

 

Tue, April 13 2021 1 Iyar 5781