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Chizuk Amuno Congregation

Connected@Chizuk

We welcome you and your family to continue to learn and pray with us each day in ways that we
believe will elevate your search for meaning and deepen your faith.

We also invite you to keep in touch, reach out to us in times of need, and stay informed as
we explore together the challenges and responses to COVID-19 through a Jewish lens.

Although our campus is temporarily closed, our community and all that we are able to
offer at this time remain available and open to you in new and exciting ways. Some of our current offerings are listed below.
May we all enjoy in peace, community, and good health!

Connected@Chizuk

Services:

The irony of a time of social distancing, is that in the moment we need community the most, we are unable to be physically together. Many of you have become regular attendees at our Minyan, both during the week and on Shabbat. Throughout this time, we have been committed as a staff to balancing two factors when thinking about how we do online services and programs. We want people to feel connected, while at the same time making it easy for people to engage regardless of your level of technology expertise. As such we want to announce a change. Going forward all of our religious services will be on the zoom platform, but will also be going live to Facebook and our stream channel on our website. If you choose to be on zoom there a few practical guidelines that we want you be aware of prior to entering the room:

  1. Please rename yourself as you enter the room – your name could appear online so name yourself as you seek fit.
  2. You will be muted upon entering the room, and you will remain so throughout services so that we can hear the service leader.
  3. Please decide in advance the most comfortable place in your home to daven.
  4. If you have a name to add to a Yahrzeit list, please add it through the zoom chat feature.
  5. Please be advised that on a Shabbat with a Bar/Bat Mitzvah we will reserve the zoom room for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah family and their guests.
  6. Please be aware that we will be streaming these services to Facebook and recording them, so if you do not want to appear live or be recorded please turn off your camera.

Participate on Zoom here for weekday and Sat p.m./Sunday services.
Please Note: Torah for Tots and Family Service will have different Zoom Links and will be provided on the weekends they are occurring.  Passwords will be required for ALL Zoom Meetings. Please email Sjacobs@chizukamuno.org with questions.


The Rabbinical Assembly worked quickly to provide a digital copy of Lev Shalem, the Siddur that we use at Chizuk Amuno. Should you wish to follow along with our prayer services, or simply have a copy for personal meditation during these trying times, you can access it here: https://www.rabbinicalassembly.org/form-download-e-siddur-0

Online PDF Reference Guide of our Siddur Sim Shalem (our older Siddur)


Please note: For ALL ZOOM classes for security reasons, please contact Sarah Jacobs, sjacobs@chizukamuno.org, for each unique Zoom ID/link and Password.


Daily Minyanim

Services will be held daily at 7:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., and Sundays at 9:15 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. over the livestream.In addition, there will be a virtual minyan breakfast each morning except for Shabbat , from 8:15-9:00 a.m. , and on Sundays at 10 a.m. held over zoom. Join the Minyan Breakfast Here
**Password will be required**
Meeting ID: 837 408 371


Adult Education

We are happy to offer some of our regular classes virtually. These opportunities offer you the option of either calling in on your phone at +1 301 715 8592 and giving the Meeting ID # or clicking on links from your computer, iPad, or iPhone, which will connect you
directly to the sessions. Please note: For ALL ZOOM classes for security reasons, please contact Sarah Jacobs, sjacobs@chizukamuno.org, for each unique Zoom ID/link.

MONDAYS:
@10:30 a.m.
Mishnah Class with Dr. Moshe Shualy
Join the class here
**Password will be required**
Meeting ID: 458 669 332


@ 7 p.m. – On Zoom
Entering Jewish Prayer with Rabbi Wechsler
Join the class here
**Password will be required**
Meeting ID: 931 8597 7544


TUESDAYS:

@12 p.m.
Dr. Shualy’s Modern Hebrew Literature
Join the class here
**Password will be required**

THURSDAYS:
@10 a.m. Current Events with Rabbi Gruenberg

Starting on June 4
Join the class here.
**Password will be required**


For Our Families

Tot Shabbat:
Fridays@9:15 a.m. Via Facebook Live

KSDS Ta’aam Shabbat:
Fridays at 3:30 p.m. Via Zoom

Torah for Tots:
Saturdays@10:30 a.m.
Join Torah for Tots Service Zoom Here.
** You will be prompted to enter the Zoom Meeting Password**

Family Service:
Saturdays@11:30 a.m. (on Zoom)

** You will be prompted to enter the Zoom Meeting Password**

Upcoming Virtual Events


Luv2Learn

Exciting news! We are bringing back our popular Luv2Learn festival online and you are the most important part. 

We are encouraging you to please submit your name for a future zoom discussion or recorded presentation. 

There are so many of you in our congregation with deep knowledge and interest on so many subjects – and we as a congregation want to Luv2Learn with you!

If you are interested in sharing your knowledge with others, fill out this form here.


Resources/Recordings

Shir Shabbat Band Video
Thanks to the technical wizardry of Meira Silverstein, enjoy the Shir Shabbaterz socially distanced rendition of Psalm 93 from the Friday night service.

 

Rabbi Gruenberg’s Interview with #1 N.Y. Times Book Author and Oprah’s Book Club Pick – Bob Kolker
Author of Hidden Valley Road
Watch the recorded Book Talk Here

A conversation with Rabbi Jacob Blumenthal new CEO of the Rabbinical Assembly and United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
Watch the recorded conversation here.  

WHAT DO I DO NEXT?- Halachic and medical expertise to the COVID crisis- The Jewish approach

With Rabbi Joshua Gruenberg and Dr. Giora Netzer, Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of MD Medical System & CAC Community Member
Watch the recorded conversation here.  

Community InfoSession with Dr. Panagis Galiatsatos – May 6, 2020 
Watch the recorded infosession here. 

How To Console Mourners During This Special Time  (View recording from our Zoom Discussion here)

Mental Health Resources During This Pandemic


History is Happening Now!

As we look forward to celebrating our 150th birthday as a congregation, we will be reflecting back on the events that we experienced together. One of those events will now include our current pandemic experience. Although we are physically separated, you can help us gather memories for out Chizuk Amuno Archives that will allow future historians to interpret how we met the challenges we are now facing as a community.

Ways you can participate in Chizuk’s Pandemic Archival Project:

  • Take photos or write a short essay of how your Passover preparations have changed
  • Take photos of your social-distancing Seder
  • Keep a journal of how you’re feeling about the need to alter your life
  • Write some notes about how you are maintaining connection with your Chizuk Amuno community
  • Draft a letter to Chizuk Amuno congregants of 2071 (our 200th anniversary) explaining how we handled this crisis
  • Any other ideas are welcomed!

Electronic submissions can be sent to chizukamunoarchives@gmail.com. Save your paper submissions and we will collect them when the building reopens. Be sure to include your name, the names of others in photos, and contact info.

As a recent New York Times article noted, “Now is the time to get people’s impressions in the moment before they’ve had time to reflect on them.” History is now. We hope that you will help us collect it.


Our weekly e-mail update, HaShavua, informs you about events that will be happening in the next week as well as Shabbat service schedules and events in the near future for which reservations are needed. Click here to sign up for our weekly e-mail newsletters.

  • ‘Like’ and ‘follow’ Chizuk Amuno’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/chizukamuno 
  • Please reach out to us if you need. 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.
  • To reach staff members by email, visit our staff page.

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.  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.

L’Shalom,
Rabbi Joshua Gruenberg
Rabbi Debi Wechsler


As we learn along with you how to stay connected and engaged during this time, we will also try other ways to reach our community including Facebook Live. We are very much interested in your ideas and feedback, please be in touch with us by email with your suggestions. During this coronavirus outbreak, we want to continue to connect with our community.

We are all learning how best to use Zoom as a platform for online learning and connecting. If you are still having trouble, reach out to Melissa Halpern, our Director of Communications, Marketing, & Social Media, and she may be able to help you log on to our Zoom meetings, if you are having trouble after reviewing the video tutorial, and visit this help page.