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A Word from Rabbi Schulman - 2/5/21

What a sense of celebration we felt this past Sunday morning as we gathered in person for Religious School. After ten months of Zooming, it was great to see one another, offer virtual hugs, and sense all the smiles behind the masks everyone was wearing.

The conditions were all favorable for this opportunity. Though we could not gather indoors, Alameda County is permitting outdoor services. Last Sunday, we came together to celebrate Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish holiday of the trees.

After a rainy week, the sun was shining brightly. Morah Marla, Morah Cheryl, and I led a Tu B’Shevat Seder that was fun and engaging for the students and families assembled appropriately distanced on our lawn. For the few families not with us in person, they joined us on Zoom.

Our gathering on Sunday was a complete success. So, naturally the question is, what does it mean for TBT going forward? Will Religious School and Hebrew School meet in person on other occasions? What about Shabbat and Jewish festivals? What are the possibilities for B’nei Mitzvah that are scheduled in the coming months?

Two things are certain. The first is that Temple Beth Torah will continue to abide by COVID regulations promulgated by Alameda County. Secondly, we will strive to create opportunities for our congregation to come together both in person and virtually.

As in the previous 10 months, our challenge will be balancing being safe and bringing our community together. Everyone’s patience and understanding are much appreciated as we travel through these troubled waters in the months ahead.


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