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COVID-19 Updates

These are extraordinary times calling for extraordinary measures. At this point in time, our building remains closed through May 31. Although our building is closed, Judea Reform Congregation is still up and running; our staff is working remotely, diligently, and creatively to find new ways to stay connected; worship; gather virtually; and take care of one another.  We are continually monitoring all the current recommendations from the Centers for Disease and Prevention Control and our local, state, and federal government and will keep you updated about the time frame on our building  closing, cancellations, postponements, etc. Thank you for your continued support and patience.​

What will this mean for all activities at Judea Reform through May 31, 2020?

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH

May is national Mental Health Awareness Month and Judea Reform's Inclusion Committee is offering some programming and resources for coping with COVID-19 social distancing. Judaism acknowledges a distinction between mental and physical health, but our tradition treats them on an equal plane, recognizing that both a healthy body and a healthy mind are necessary for human beings to be complete. Click here to learn more.

SHABBAT SERVICES

Our worship will take place virtually (Fridays at 6pm) here on our website, through Zoom (link provided here when applicable), or you may also join us on Facebook. We will light Shabbat candles, pray, sing, say Kaddish, and learn with Rabbi Soffer.

TORAH STUDY

Torah Study will be held online on Saturdays at 9:00am here on our website, through Zoom (link provided in eNotices), or you may also join us on Facebook.. Many thanks for the support of the Daniel Weiss Fund for making this live streaming possible. We invite you to plug into our communal moments.

JRC BUSINESS OFFICE REQUEST DURING COVID-19

If you are planning to make a payment on your account soon, 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.

YAHRZEIT LETTERS & OBSERVANCE

In order to do our part and help keep everyone safe, yahrzeit observance letters will now arrive in your email inbox and will no longer be sent by paper mail/USPS. In addition, we will start listing this 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. 

ADDING NAMES TO THE HEALING LIST

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

NEED HELP CONNECTION TO VIRTUAL JRC?

Many are feeling socially isolated because of the Covid-19 quarantine but are not yet familiar or comfortable using Judea’s virtual tools. For those of you who would like to give it a try, we would like to help you. To start, we are providing support to connect to our Friday Shabbat Services, Saturday Torah Study, and Wednesday Sing-along with Zemer Alan Friedman. If you would like help, please send an email to Steve Simon at simchahsimon@gmail.com.

BUILDING CLOSURE

Judea Reform’s building is closed to the public starting March 13, 2020. We do not expect to be back in our building before June. Our 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.

RELIGIOUS SCHOOL

We have moved to online learning.  Find Rena's most recent communication to our Religious School families on our Religious School webpage.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS & LEAD JRC

We will make available teleconferencing technology (Zoom) to gather virtually for those scheduled meetings (Finance, Nominating, Membership, etc.). Contact the Executive Director for requests at eyoung@judeareform.org.

LIFECYCLE EVENTS

At this time and for the near future, all lifecycle events will continue in a modified way. We will work with each b'nei mitzvah family to discuss their options. For information on funerals, the death process, weddings, and births/adoptions during this time please visit our Life Cycle webpage.

 

We want you to know that as we continue making decisions regarding how we organize (and reorganize), we do so with constant appreciation for the resilience of our community and in communication with our campus and community partners.  As a sacred community we encourage all of our members to cultivate compassion and patience with one another. There is much we do not know yet. The three of us are working to meet the needs of our community members in the safest ways possible.  We will continue to communicate regularly via email and encourage you to check our website and Facebook page for updates from us.

 

 


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

 

 

Fri, May 29 2020 6 Sivan 5780