When it teaches the mitzvot, the Torah commands us, “Ve Chai Bahem,” and you shall live by them. We are living in extraordinary times and out of a love for life and our fellow human beings we are making the difficult decision to close our building as of Friday March 13 at 3pm and move to “Chizuk Amuno online” until further notice. We are following the best advice of our medical consultants and the CDC in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
How fortunate we are that we live in a time when technology will allow us to gather and be close to one another even if not face to face. We will be in touch with information about virtual prayer services and classes. If you have not yet done so, now is the time to sign up for Facebook, YouTube and Zoom. Please bookmark the Chizuk Amuno website as we will still be live-streaming services and classes. We will pray, we will study Torah, we will sing, we will care, and we will grow.
While the building will remain open until tomorrow, we strongly urge you not to come to the synagogue unless you absolutely need to pick up an item like tallit or tefillin. Our Schools will be sending out separate announcements regarding their own status.
We are so grateful for our Chizuk Amuno community and the way it models the ideals of our Jewish tradition. The rock of our faith and the steadiness of our soon to be 150 year old community are the foundations which will guide our path during this fraught time.
Let us continue to live connected Jewish lives even as our physical facility is now closed for safety. Check in with one another. Call with personal Shabbat greetings. Facetime candle lighting and shiva visits. Judaism is built on that person to person connection, we will do this in new and innovative ways in the next week. And please check in with us. Our home phone numbers are: Rabbi Gruenberg 410-484-6074 and Rabbi Wechsler 410-580-0874. Let us know if someone is in need of care and support. We look forward to seeing you again as soon as possible.
Together we pray for the ill, for the frightened, for those in pain and those who wait for healing. Adonai oz le amav yitein, Adonai yevarech et amav be shalom. May God give strength to God’s peoples, and may God bless all nations with peace.