Board of Directors
Ways & Means
Board of Directors
Nellie Blinkis Bressler
Dr. Robert Singer
Message from President Susan Baum
By the time you read this article we will be coming upon the one year anniversary of the pandemic. Our lives have been turned upside down and irrevocably changed. The most relevant one is that we haven’t been able to come to temple in person. Many of us have mourned the loss of physical touch during services and of course schmoozing with each other at the kiddush afterwards. Nothing can compare to that.
Yet we still have services albeit on a computer screen. I’m one of those people who came to temple at about 10:15 just in time for the Torah service. Now that I don’t have to drive 30 minutes to temple, I actually watch the preliminary and Shacharit services. I don’t say participate because I’d rather listen to Zev than hear my own sub-par singing voice. On those few occasions when we have had additional participants it’s an added bonus. Finally, we get to see our friends Thursday nights at our Happy Hour.
Just think of what we would do if we didn’t have Zoom or Face-time. I should say what we wouldn’t do. We wouldn’t be able to see our families for special occasions. My kids live far away so I don’t get to see them much anyway. Maybe 2-3 times a year in person. I relish the time we spend almost every day on Face-time so I can see my grandkids.
Since the pandemic started I have been participating in webinars through American Jewish University and the Community Scholar Program (CSP). I never would have been able to go to any of these programs because I can’t drive that far anymore. CSP has had over 180 programs online since the pandemic began. The possibilities for programs are endless!
It reminds me of something my mom used to say. She loved to say “Ain’t technology grand!”
We have a number of holidays coming up in the next 2 months mainly Pesach. Watch for more information regarding programs for them.
At the end of the Passover seder we say “Next year in Jerusalem.” Hopefully it won’t be next year until we can be back in the chapel.
Stay safe and take care.