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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
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84357805934?pwd=L1pLUXRBdkdoa3J0anN4dExlNk9iZz09  
Meeting ID: 843 5780 5934
Passcode: R38HQr

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
Wednesday 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.


ACHI – support for Israel
Chanukah is Coming… 
SHOP OUR ISRAELI MARKET 
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www.achi613.org 
ACHI- American Communities Helping Israel 
Helping small businesses in Israel, 
Struggling because of the Covid pandemic. 
 
Survey on Sex Ed and Judaism
We have been approached by Ella Nusinov, a junior at Pikesville High School who is doing a research project on the above topic for her AP Research course.  Ella has undergone an Institutional Review Board for ethical research practices and has been approved to seek participants for her research question relating religious affiliation and opinions on sexual education.
To participate in Ella’s project, please click the link below.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1EeGTM5EW2OGtIcdNiCzhDbmMtFMXrth3yrnPsgr8yIA/edit

shul reopening guidelines and minyan sign up

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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.

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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, January 20 2021 7 Shevat 5781