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PURIM 5781

Operation Purim
The final deadline to participate is Wednesday February 24.  

We will once again be partnering with Connections Israel to deliver Mishloach Manot packages to Israeli soldiers.  Please note that we cannot guarantee that the packages will be delivered on Purim, and one should not rely on this fulfill the halachic requirement to deliver Mishloach Manot on Purim day.  To participate in Operation Purim PLEASE CLICK HERE

 Shiur – Purim Topics 5781 Zoom Megilah and Seudah on Erev Shabbos
Tuesday February 23, 8pm

Our weekly shiur will cover these topics and leave time for any other questions that may arise.
Zoom info is as follows:
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Meeting ID: 843 5780 5934
Passcode: R38HQr
Matanot L’Evyonim
As in previous years, we will direct Matanot La’Evyonim to Ahavas Yisrael.  Donations for Matanot La’Evyonim can be made directly on Ahavas Yisrael’s website.  Be sure to select “Matanos L’Evyonim” as the donation type to ensure that the money will be distributed on Purim day.
To donate to Ahavas Yisrael PLEASE CLICK HERE
Ta’anit Esther -  Thursday February 25
Fast begins 5:25 AM

Ideally one should fast until after the conclusion of Megilah reading.  Those who are having a difficult time may break the fast at 6:25 PM.
Our plan is to have minyanim at the shul for Mincha and Ma’ariv on Thursday afternoon beginning at 5:25pm.  PLEASE REGISTER IF YOU ARE ABLE AND PLAN ON COMING.  To register PLEASE CLICK HERE
Mincha 5:25pm
Ma’ariv 5:55pm

Megilah Reading Over Zoom
Thursday February 25, 6:30 PM

Please come dressed in costume!

Co-ed Voices

Meeting ID: 565 620 0265
Passcode: 8u8uP1
Men’s Voices
Meeting ID: 861 5236 6561
Passcode: 31E4Hs
Friday February 26
6:30 AM

(note, if davening Shacharit AFTER Megilah reading, one should say birkot haTorah prior to listening to Megilah)
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For a listing of other readings in the community, PLEASE CLICK HERE
Please note that many shuls require registration in advance.
Beth Tfiloh will be zooming many of its readings.  For a full schedule and details 

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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


Operation Purim 5781

This Purim we are once again partnering with Connections Israel to send Mishloach Manot to Israeli Soldiers unit in the IDF.  Please join us in showing our love and support for these chayalim, that we pray for every week.
The price is $15 per soldier and $450 for a unit of 30 soldiers.  Our goal is to collect enough money to send Mishloach Manot to an entire unit.

To participate PLEASE CLICK HERE

Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Winter Learning Series – Inyanei D’Yoma: Torah of Today
We are proud to partner with Yeshivat Chovevei Torah to bring a four-part lecture series focusing contemporary issues including:

  • From Ethics to Efficacy: Vaccine Research and Distribution (Monday Feb. 8, pm)
  •  Making the Desert Bloom Again: How Israel Can Survive the Climate Crisis (Sunday Feb. 14, 12pm)
  •  An English Language Megillah: A Story of Halachic Accommodation (Sunday Feb 21, 8pm)
  •  From Tanach to Teaneck: The Torah of Being Jewish and Powerful (Sunday Feb. 28, 8pm)

The program begins on Monday February 8 and continues on the three following Sundays. 
To see the full lineup of speakers and details of each session  PLEASE CLICK HERE

To register for the program and receive login info PLEASE CLICK HERE

Netivot Book Discussions
Sunday March 7, 7:30 PM: The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History by John Barry, discussion lead by  Dr. Howard Lederman.
 “In the winter of 1918, at the height of World War I, history’s most lethal influenza virus erupted in an army camp in Kansas City, moved east with American troops, then exploded, killing as many as 100 million people worldwide.  It killed more people in 24 weeks than AIDS killed in twenty-four years, more in a year than the Black Death killed in a century.  But this was not the middle ages, and 1918 marked the first collision between modern science and epidemic diseases.  Ultimately a tale of triumph amid tragedy, this crisis provides us with a precise and sobering model” as we confront the COVID-19 pandemic.  As usual, history provides important lessons for contemporary life.  

Netivot Book Discussions
Sunday April 11: House on Endless Waters by Emmuna Elon, discussion lead by Marcia Wagner. 
House on Endless Waters is a novel by Emuna Elon, an Israeli author and teacher.  This is a Holocaust novel, which alternates between present and past.  As you can gather, one theme is the impact of the Holocaust in contemporary settings.  We have purposely set the date for April 11 at 7:30 p.m., the Sunday after Yom Ha Shoah, so this can be both book review and discussion/commemoration of Yom HoShoah.

shul reopening guidelines and minyan sign up


Please click here to sign up for Minyan. Note that if you are not signed up, you may not attend services.

In the event of any rain, we will not be able to hold davening in the backyard.  Similarly, if there is thunder or lightening within 30 minutes of the designated start time, we will also cancel davening.


Plans to Re-Open Netivot Shalom
The State of Maryland and Baltimore County have granted permission for houses of worship to re-open under limited conditions.  The Board has carefully considered those requirements in the context of information from the Orthodox Union and in consultation with medical experts.  Our intention is to re-open the shul for its essential functions:
·         To reestablish our shul community
·         To facilitate tefilah be-tzibur 
·         To allow recitation of kaddish with a minyan
·         To allow leyning of the Torah
It will likely be some time before we can resume all of our usual communal activities.  We, therefore, propose the following plan, subject to change as the risks of ARS-CoV-2 infection change in the greater Baltimore area:
We will re-open for outdoor davening only.  There will be a mechitza; men and women are welcome to attend. At all services, we will follow these guidelines:
1.       We will require pre-registration so that we will not exceed the number of people that can be safely accommodated in the back yard
2.       Everyone must wear a mask at all times
3.       Everyone must maintain physical distancing of 8 feet.  (Family quarantine units can and should sit next to each other.)
4.       No one is allowed to attend if they or a close contact have had any of the following symptoms:
·         Fever or chills
·         Cough
·         Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
·         Fatigue
·         Muscle or body aches
·         Headache
·         New loss of taste or smell
·         Sore throat
·         Congestion or runny nose
·         Nausea or vomiting
·         Diarrhea
5.       People over the age of 60 or who have chronic health problems should consult with their doctor before attending.
6.       Anyone recovering from COVID-19 infection must  be cleared by their doctor to resume being out in public
7.       Any youth in attendance must remain with a parent at all times.  There will be no children’s group activities.
8.       Each person must bring their own siddur and chumash.
9.       Each person must bring their own chair
10.   The building will not be open even for use of the restroom.  (One person will be allowed entry to bring the Sefer Torah out and to return it to the Aaron Kodesh.)
11.   No food or drink will be allowed
12.   Since we are meeting outside, shul will be cancelled for rain
13.   Davening will not be scheduled unless we have commitments from at least 10 men.
14.   Davening will be kept as brief as possible to allow only those parts of the Tefillah that require a minyan.
a.       Singing will not be permissible, as this is a high-risk activity. All davening will be silent with the exception of the shaliach tzibbur
b.      The only person to receive an Aliyah will be the person leyning
c.       For Shabbat morning,  davening will start at שוכן עד
d.      For weekdays, davening will start at ישתכח

e.      There will be  no socializing before or after the davening
f.        There will be no in-person shiurim
While we are excited to resume davening as a shul, we will continue to provide educational and social programming on Zoom and other formats that will allow everyone to participate while addressing all that our shul community provides for its members.  We welcome feedback and suggestions.

It is our fervent wish that Hashem will grant each us good health and grant us the collective knowledge to control this disease, so that we can resume all of our pre-COVID-19 activities in the very near future.


Sat, February 27 2021 15 Adar 5781