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!
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:
Please rename yourself as you enter the room – your name could appear online so name yourself as you seek fit.
You will be muted upon entering the room, and you will remain so throughout services so that we can hear the service leader.
Please decide in advance the most comfortable place in your home to daven.
If you have a name to add to a Yahrzeit list, please add it through the zoom chat feature.
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.
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.
Please note: For ALL ZOOM classes for security reasons, please contact Sarah Jacobs, firstname.lastname@example.org, for each unique Zoom ID/link and Password.
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
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, email@example.com, 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
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.