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Chanukah celebration

Join us Motzei Shabbat Decmeber 4th from 6:00-7:30 PM for a community candle lighting
Chanukah story told by Janice Michaelis and her puppet “friend” Mr. Belinsky
Craft activities for kids
Chanukah treats (including sandwiches) for all
Teen versus Adult Trivia Contest: What do you really know about Chanukah?

To help us plan properly, please register before Monday, November 29th.

In celebration of Chanukah, we are also collecting “fidget” toys for the children at Camp Sunrise.  For details, please see the email that has been sent out, and bring your toys to the collection box in the Shul coatroom.   Thank you!

The cost to participate is $10 per family.

   Teens and Adults
   Children (ages 0-3)
   Children (ages 4-8)
   Children (ages 9-12)


upcoming events

Parsha Shiur
Tuesday evenings, 8:00pm

Please join us for a  weekly parsha shiur meeting at 8:00pm on Tuesday evenings.  I hope that you will join us.
Zoom info is as follows:
Join Zoom Meeting  
Meeting ID: 843 5780 5934
Passcode: R38HQr

Rosh Chodesh Group
Join Janice Michaelis in a study over the next several months of the Women of Eshet Chayil.  There is a midrash in Midrash ha-Gadol which assigns each verse to a righteous woman in the Tanah.  Some like Sarah, Rivkah, Leah and Rahel are all familiar. Others like Baya, the Widow of Tzarephath, Hatzlelponi and Serach may not be.  Our study will be focus on these “hidden women” the ones that we really know very little about.

Thursday, October 7 – Rosh Chodesh Group for Rosh Chodesh Marcheshvan, at Janice Michaelis’ apartment and on Zoom, 8 PM  (see description below)
Monday, November 8 – Rosh Chodesh Group, for Rosh Chodesh Kislev, 8 PM, place TBD

Book Discussion
Sunday, October 24
– Book Discussion, 365 Thank Yous: The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life by John Kralik, led by Rabbi Kaplowitz, 8 PM on Zoom    (The book may have alternate but similar titles)
Sunday, November 14 – Book Discussion, Out of the Depths memoir of a boy in Buchenwald, by R. Yisroel Meir Lau, led by Robert Shapiro, 8 PM, on Zoom
Sunday, December 19 – Book Discussion, second session for Out of the Depths, led by Robert Shapiro, 8 PM, on Zoom

shul reopening guidelines


We are thrilled to transition back indoors and resume davening in our sanctuary. 
After carefully reviewing the results of our survey and extensive conversations, the board (including doctors and scientists) has adopted the following policies and guidelines:

  • Only those who are fully vaccinated are allowed to daven indoors.  The deck will be available for those who are not vaccinated or who are uncomfortable davening indoors.
    Please note that those on the deck can participate fully in davening, including serving as Chazan and receiving aliyot.
  • All participants in our davening – whether indoors or outdoors – must wear masks at all. Those outdoors must maintain social distancing.
  • If anyone has come in direct contact with someone who is COVID-positive, they may not attend shul.  A fully vaccinated person who was exposed may not come to shul for one week after exposure.  A non-immunized person may not attend shul for 10 days.
  •  No one who is sick may attend shul, even if their illness is not due to COVID.  Those who suffer from allergies may attend if their symptoms are due to allergies.
  • We will continue with our condensed davening for the meantime.
  • Folks may use the shul’s communal Siddurim, Chumashim and Talitot as evidence shows that there is minimal risk of spread of disease through surface contact.  Those who would prefer are welcome to use their own
  • Those davening on the deck may use their own outdoor chairs or use a chair from the shul.  All shul chairs must be returned inside at the conclusion of davening.
  • As our davening returns indoors, we will hold groups for the children in the backyard.  Pere CDC guidelines, children 2 years and older are expected to wear masks.  Social distancing will be maintained during children’s groups.  Children may enter the building to use the bathroom.  There will be no groups in the event of rain.  Please note that Ms. Annette is fully vaccinated.
  • We will resume kiddush after davening in the following manner:
    a.   All food must be eaten outside.  Those who are comfortable may     socialize on the deck and backyard while maintaining proper distance.  Those who prefer may take the kiddush to go.
    b.    All food must be pre-packaged and individually wrapped
    c.   The Rabbi will recite one communal kiddush and drink wine/grape juice from a disposable cup.
    d.  In the event of rain, there will be no kiddush.

In addition to the guidelines outlined above, the board has invested in HEPA air purifiers for the main sanctuary, capable of meeting the CDC guidelines of 4-6 air changes per hour, and MERV 14 rated filters for our existing HVAC system.  All doors and windows in the sanctuary will remain open during davening to allow those outdoors to participate and to improve air flow. 
Thank you to all who responded to the survey and thank you to the members of the board who have put in countless hours ensuring a return to our sanctuary that is safe and comfortable for our community.  We look forward to welcoming you into shul!


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