COVID-19 Update from Temple Emanuel
Last Updated: 5/18/2020 6:00 pm
The holiest work we can do is to protect each other. We all must pull together now to honor the spirit of Pikuach Nefesh, preserving life.
As Isaiah’s long ago words foreshadow, we are entering our individual rooms for a while. So too may we soon see the fulfillment of his other transcendent vision:
When we closed the Synagogue building two months ago, we followed the clarion call of Pikuach Nefesh, the Jewish mandate to preserve life above and beyond all other obligations. We imagined a temporary shut-down. Two months later, we are all, reasonably, anxious to come back together again. We are grateful for Governor Baker’s statement today enabling that possibility while mindful of our continued obligation to hold Pikuach Nefesh as our lodestar.
As we balance opportunity and obligation, we will be careful and deliberate.
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Online Services and Learning
All in person events, programs and classes have been postponed until further notice. But our synagogue community did not close. We moved online!
- Services will be held virtually with live streaming. See our live stream page for more details.
Learn more about our Live Streaming at Temple Emanuel. We are making a digital Minyan every morning and evening.
- Select classes will be available digitally using Zoom. Visit the Upcoming Events Page for program details.
- Our administrative staff will be working remotely but will be available by email.
The Temple Emanuel main number, (617) 558-8100, will remain in operation.
At this time when the mitzvah of PIkuach Nefesh, preserving life, compels us to impose distance, we’re use all technological means at our disposal to ensure that isolation does not mean being isolated from one another. We remain a community of connection. We find new ways to reach out and communicate with each other.
- If you are in need of help at this or any time, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you are available to help, sign up to help others that are in need.
- Join TEConnect, a new GoogleGroup to help Temple Emanuel members stay in touch and to ask for/offer support during these times and beyond. This is a place where you can share the stories and ideas which are helping you stay strong. To join please send a blank email to TEConnectemail@example.com.
- For congregants observing a loved one’s Yahrzeit, we have made the display of our Yahrzeit Board that hangs in the Gann Chapel available online for you.
- Songs of Hope and Healing from Cantor Elias Rosemberg
In these difficult times of fear and uncertainty, we hope that the music could heal and help you by finding comfort in these melodies
- Daily Dvar – Each evening during these times of social isolation, we join together virtually in the Gann Chapel for our Evening Minyan where we are spiritually connected in ways that restore hope, structure, community, love, people, wisdom and joy.
Community Wide Resources
- Visit JewishBoston.com’s Coronavirus Community Resources page for up-to-the minute information to stay connected, prepared, and informed.
- Massachusetts small business loan information
- Governor Baker’s order on 3/23 about essential services,
- Link to CJP warmline: www.cjpwarmline.org
- Link to CJP Interest Free Loan Program