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Rabbi's Message

03/06/2020 02:19:10 PM

Mar6

Dear chevre,

 

We are closely monitoring information from public health authorities regarding the spread of the coronavirus.

 

We may be calm, concerned, or nervous about COVID-19, the coronavirus, especially as it has come closer to home with five high schools in Bucks County closing today putting safety first.

 

Despite our feelings, there are, as we probably already know, a few common-sense practices that I ask you to follow as we gather at the synagogue for religious and social events for now:

 

1-Wash your hands or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

2-Don’t touch your face, particularly your eyes, nose and mouth.

3-If you feel even a little unwell, stay home and rest. We’ll say a Mi Sheberach prayer for you!

4-Use caution when hugging and shaking hands. Let’s be creative in expressing our sense of community for example with elbow bumping, shoulder bumping or if you enjoy balancing, foot tapping.

5-Cover your coughing and sneezing.

6-Please refrain from kissing or touching the Torah and the tallesim/tallitot. 

7-I am often in contact with people who are comprised, so out of an over-abundance of caution, I will try to limit my physical contact with the congregation. 

8-Try not to panic; just take these measures seriously.

 

Here is a prayer for washing our hands from a poet and liturgist I know from Brooklyn:

 

By Trisha Arlin

 

As we wash our hands
We pray,
Blessed is the Soul of the Universe,
Breathing us in and breathing us out.
May our breaths continue
And our health and the health of all
Be preserved
In this time of sickness and fear of sickness.
Holy Wholeness,
We take as much responsibility for this as we can
By observing the obligation to wash our hands
Thoroughly:
For as long as it takes to say this prayer.
Amen

****I don’t know how you feel about the recent elections in Israel and what your views are on Israel, but if you are a Zionist I know that you’d like to have a say in shaping Israel. You have an opportunity for 5 more days!!!

 

You can Vote in the World Zionist Congress until March 11th. You can choose from over a dozen slates representing diverse political beliefs, religious denominations and cultural traditions. Those elected from the United States will join delegates from Israel and around the world in October 2020 at the 38th World Zionist Congress, the international “parliament of the Jewish people”, to make decisions regarding key institutions which allocate nearly one billion dollars annually to support Israel and World Jewry. If you are Jewish, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and at least 18 years old, you are eligible to vote. There’s a $7.50 processing fee. This following website will help you understand the platforms and give voting instructions.

 

https://azm.org/elections

 

I look forward to seeing you this evening at the KHN potluck at 6:15 pm followed by services with me and Rabbi Jonah.


I’ll see you tomorrow at 2:00 pm for our Contemplative Shabbat with myself, Miriam Gitterman and Abraham Leibson.

 

And I’ll see you (in costume!) on Monday evening at 6:30 pm for our Purim celebration/Battle of the Bands!

 

Shabbat shalom,

 

Rabbi Diana

Wed, July 8 2020 16 Tammuz 5780