Temple Beth-El is being guided by the Jewish teaching of pikuach nefesh, the preservation of human life, in responding to the current Coronavirus public health crisis. As clear as the value of pikuach nefesh is, it is unclear exactly how and when to apply it to our current circumstances, especially when doing so conflicts with other cherished values, like coming together for Religious School, Shabbat and holy day observances, and doing communal acts of kindness. It is hard to make a decision to suspend the precious fellowship of our community under any circumstances. It is especially hard in a time of anxiety and worry – a time when we most need each other’s warm embraces and reassurance.
That being said, our love and concern for each and every member of our community has led our temple leadership to make the following steps:
Shabbat Message from Rabbi Gluck — A Time to Pray — March 27, 2020
Helping Hands and Staying Connected, from Rabbi Gluck — March 18, 2020
Shabbat Message from Rabbi Gluck — March 13, 2020
Coronavirus Update from Rabbi Gluck, Leigh Miller, and Amy Rubin — March 12, 2020
Why We Need Purim, Especially Now — March 9, 2020
Keep Calm and Wash Your Hands from Leigh Miller and Amy Rubin — March 4, 2020