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Tu B'Shevat Seder
Sunday, January 16, 7:00 PM

Please join us for this year's TuB'Shevat Seder.  Music, Food, Divrei Torah, and more!
Please click here to open the Seder file.

Parsha Shiur
Tuesday evenings, 8:00 PM

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: 846 4988 9737
Passcode: LDL1hd

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.

Film Viewing and Panel Discussion
Marry Me However
Sunday January 23, 7:00 PM

We are excited to partner with Eshel, Beth Tfiloh and the Jewish Women’s Giving Foundation of Baltimore to show this important film.   The documentary tells the stories of three gay men and two women who marry against their orientation in order to fulfill religious and cultural expectations.  You can view the trailer HERE
The film viewing will be followed by a Panel discussion moderated by Rabbi Steve Greenberg and featuring Rabbi Hyim Shafner, Leah Marks, Shoni Braun and Motti Salzberg.
Due to COVID, the entire event will take place online.  To register and for more information please PLEASE CLICK HERE


Book Discussion
Sunday, January 30, 8:00 PM
Coincidence Makers by Yoav Blum, Discussion led by Tamar Rodal
Coincidence Makers by Yoav Blum. Introduce to you the Coincidence Makers—Guy, Emily, and Eric—three seemingly ordinary people who work for a secret organization devoted to creating and carrying out coincidences. What the rest of the world sees as random occurrences, are, in fact, carefully orchestrated events designed to spark significant changes in the lives of their targets.When an assignment of the highest level is slipped under Guy’s door one night, he knows it will be the most difficult and dangerous coincidence he’s ever had to fulfill. But not even a coincidence maker can see how this assignment is about to change all their lives and teach them the true nature of fate, free will, and the real meaning of love.
The discussion will be led by Tamar Rodal, who is part of the Shinshinim program at the CJE.

Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Community Shemitah Beit Midrash
We are happy to partner with YCT in a year-long learning program exploring various aspects of Shemitah.  There is a fantastic lineup of teachers.  The program will meet once a month over zoom on the the following dates:
October 3
November 7
December 5
January 9
February 6
March 6 
To register and for more information:

shul reopening guidelines -updateD 12/24/2021-



As you all know, there has been a recent significant uptick in the COVID rates in our community, and we are updating our COVID policies in an attempt to keep our community safe. All changes are noted in bold:

  • Only those who are fully vaccinated are allowed to daven indoors. Fully vaccinated now means 2 weeks after a booster dose for those who are eligible (6 months past their second shot for mRNA vaccines and 2 months past a J&J vaccine). 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 times. We strongly recommend that people upgrade to N95/KN95 masks ( Individuals who are 6 months past their second dose but not eligible for a booster (currently 12-15 year olds) must wear an N95/KN95 mask. A limited number of N95/KN95 masks will be available at shul. 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 non-immunized person may not attend shul for 10 days, and must have a negative COVID test (rapid antigen or PCR). A fully vaccinated individual may return to shul after 5 days if they test negative for COVID.
  • We are requesting that anyone who has a positive COVID test please notify the Rabbi ( so that we can monitor the effectiveness of our mitigation procedures and ensure the safety of our community.
  • 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.
  • Davening will be condensed at the discretion of the Rabbi depending on outdoor conditions.  This may include skipping over non-essential tefilot, less singing, shortened divrei Torah and heicha kedushah for Musaf.  We will also more rigorously enforce our social distancing requirements, especially during leining.
  • People 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.
  • We will continue to hold groups indoors. Per CDC guidelines, children 2 years and older are expected to wear masks. Social distancing will be maintained during children’s groups. Please note that Ms. Annette is fully vaccinated.
  • We will continue to offer 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.
  • We will continue to daven Ma’ariv at the conclusion of Shabbos and learn together in between Mincha and Ma’ariv.  We encourage people to spread out through the entire sanctuary, especially during non-davening times when separate seating is not required.

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. 



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Thu, January 20 2022 18 Shevat 5782