Preparing for the High Holidays
Learning and Chatting!!!
The High Holiday season is a special time, not only for the unique prayers and celebrations,
but also for re-connecting and catching up with one another. The pandemic doesn’t mean we can’t reunite and connect.
Let’s connect virtually this year via Zoom!
On 4 consecutive Thursdays – September 3, 10, 17 and 24 from 7:30 – 8:30 PM Rabbi Cohen invites everyone to a Zoom broadcast of LEARNING AND CHATTING.
In the first half-hour (7:30 – 8:00) Rabbi Cohen will discuss certain aspects of the High holidays – customs, practices and meanings.
In the second half-hour, (8:00 – 8:30 PM), we will have an open chat with Rabbi Cohen – the kind you might have if you were to attend “live” services.
The topic of discussion is open – including just catching up with one another.
You can join any or all of the Zoom meetings!
You can join the Zoom meetings at 7:30 for the full hour; or join in at 8:00 just for the chat part.
Whether it’s one meeting or all 4; whether it’s for the full hour or for just a half hour, let’s pull together to overcome the restrictions of the current pandemic and make this year’s High Holidays meaningful with on-line social contacts, so that we can keep our connections with one another.
Watch next week’s e-mail for link or log-in instructions for the “Learning and Chatting” Zoom starting next Thursday, September 3 at 7:30 PM!
HIGH HOLIDAYS Service!
Dear Nishmat Am Family:
The pandemic we are all experiencing is perilous, challenging and unpredictable and continues to have major impact on our lives and the lives of our institutions. Nishmat Am has not escaped these perils and challenges, leading to the suspension of Shabbat services.
Recently, we mailed a High Holiday package to you indicating that our intention was to hold High Holiday services at the Comfort Inn. We asked you to indicate by August 15, if you would be attending services there. Unfortunately, the responses indicated that only 47 people would attend services; this would not justify holding services at the hotel. At the same time that number exceeded the safe capacity at the synagogue.
Our board of directors met to evaluate this response and to assess the overall situation. The board also considered the option of trying to hold services at Nishmat Am. After substantial discussion, the board decided the risks involved in conducting live services are too great regardless of the location.
Instead, Rabbi Cohen will pre-record services to be posted on YouTube at the time each service would normally start. The services will be shortened to allow for this format. Of course you can view the service any time after its posted. In the coming weeks, we will provide you the information needed to log into to the recorded services.
This was a difficult decision. We all know that the benefits of prayer are most effective in a communal setting in which we all draw energy and spirit from one another. However, we must recognize the reality of this current crisis and act responsibly, even if it means that we miss this most important part of our Jewish and communal experience.
To overcome the challenges of these difficult circumstances, Nishmat Am will continue to offer Kabbalat Shabbat services at 6:30 PM as well as other programs and classes including the current class weekly class on Tuesdays at 7:30 PM on Pirke Avot (Sayings of the Fathers) via Zoom and forthcoming pre-holiday workshops and sessions – schedule to be announced.
We look forward to the time when we can safely get together for prayer and other synagogue activities. On behalf of ourselves and the Board of Directors we wish you and your family a healthy, happy, prosperous New Year.