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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

Megilat Rut and Yizkor
Thursday May 13, 7:30 PM
As has been our practice throughout the course of the pandemic, we will gather in advance of Shavuot to read Megilat Rut and recite Yizkor together.
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Meeting ID: 862 6121 0925
Passcode: PB8mzJ


Netivot Book Discussion
Sunday, June 13,7:30 PM
Rue Ordener, Rue Labat by Sarah Kofman,
Discussion led by Leah (Linda) Edidin

Rue Ordener, Rue Labat is a moving memoir by the distinguished French philosopher Sarah Kofman. It opens with the horrifying moment in July 1942 when the author’s father, the rabbi of a small synagogue, was dragged by police from the family home on Rue Ordener in Paris, then transported to Auschwitz—“the place,” writes Kofman, “where no eternal rest would or could ever be granted.” It ends in the mid-1950s, when Kofman enrolled at the Sorbonne.The book is as eloquent as it is forthright. Kofman recalls her father and family in the years before the war, then turns to the terrors and confusions of her own childhood in Paris during the German occupation. Not long after her father’s disappearance, Kofman and her mother took refuge in the apartment of a Christian woman on Rue Labat, where they remained until the Liberation. This bold woman, whom Kofman called Mémé, undoubtedly saved the young girl and her mother from the death camps. But Kofman’s close attachment to Mémé also resulted in a rupture between mother and child that was never to be fully healed.This slender volume is distinguished by the author’s clear prose, the carefully recounted horrors of her childhood, and the uncommon poise that came to her only with the passage of many years.
Please note, the public library has a VERY LIMITED supply of this book. 

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.


Wed, May 12 2021 1 Sivan 5781