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THE SHABBAT CHALLENGE & PASSOVER – STAYING CONNECTED – COVID-19 UPDATE 3/26/20

As we continue our second week of staying at home and as we continue to navigate our telecommuting schedule with our children’s virtual learning, I’d like to propose this challenge. Shabbat is a day of rest. It’s a day that we sorely need to take a break from the stress of the work week, and in our case today, to take a break from the news and social media. Shabbat is a time to spend with family and to better appreciate the beautiful people in our lives.
 
This week – March 27 – shabbat candle lighting is at 7:10pm and Shabbat concludes Saturday night March 28 at 8:10pm. One can always start shabbat earlier but shabbat doesn’t end until the stars come out Saturday night! Can we consider instituting any of these suggestions into our lives this coming weekend? Let me know if you’re going to try and let me know how you did!
How to Watch Services – Friday at 6pm, Shabbat Morning at 9:30am
How to do Havdalah – the ceremony marking the end of Shabbat – great arts and crafts projects as well as the blessings.
 
SERVICES – We have canceled our evening services. Many synagogues are offering evening services through ZOOM so that by having a virtual minyan, the service can be conducted. I would recommend that we join Rabbi Steven Abraham (son of our own Wendy & Richard Abraham) and his congregation in Omaha, NE for their daily (Sunday through Thursday) evening service. Here is the link that has instructions for joining. The time is 6:30 eastern, 5:30 central.
evening service
 
We have canceled Shabbat morning services until further notice. However, I will be in the building on Friday evening at 6pm to lead a service which will be live-streamed and Cantor Adina and I will be in the building at 9:30am on Shabbat morning to lead a live-streamed service. Since there won’t be a minyan present a few things will be different but it will be close to a regular service. At the end of the service I will also recite the memorial prayer for yartzeits for the coming week. Click here to live-stream.
Livestream
 
CONTINUING CLASSES – I will continue to teach my Friday morning Torah class (9:30-10:30), my Sunday morning Talmud class (9:30-10:30) and my Sunday morning Prayer Book Hebrew class (10:30-11:30). Though these are continuing classes, please feel free to join. They are all easy to pick up where we are and we’d be happy to have more in attendance. Here are the links for these ZOOM classes.
Friday Morning Torah Study Class – 9:30-10:30
Sunday Morning Talmud Class – 9:30-10:30
Sunday Morning Prayer Book Hebrew Class – 10:30-11:30
And don’t forget the weekly Wednesday morning class – 11-Noon. This week we’ll check in and continue the discussion about Passover preparation.
 
RESOURCES WHILE AT HOME
PRIVATE PRAYERS TO RECITE – My rabbinical organization has made our prayer books available as a pdf that you can download. The weekday afternoon service begins on p. 121, the evening service begins on p. 137. The morning service begins on p. 1. You can use these to follow the evening service in Omaha and the shabbat services on our live-stream.
Finally, here are other prayers you can recite on your own.
 
Oh, and don’t forget to sell your chametz!
I’ll have other Passover resources to share with you next week.
 
I extend my prayers for continued good health and safety in these trying times.
Rabbi Jonah Layman

Shaare Tefila is an egalitarian congregation, affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism & The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. We encourage member participation in a variety of activities & where individuals of diverse backgrounds and levels of observance are accepted & valued. We build on our heritage by strengthening our connections to Jewish life through worship, education, & community.