Membership : : President's Message

Monthly Message from Temple Co-Presidents Arnold Miller and Sandy Shapiro

After much thought and discussion about what is best for our community, and based on recommendations to “flatten the curve” and slow the progression of the Covid-19 virus, we have decided to take the following steps. We do this with great difficulty because we know how integral religious life & Temple Judea are to each member but believe it’s necessary to do our part to preserve everyone’s health. Through mid-May, we are canceling all the following:

—Friday night and Saturday morning Shabbat services
—Monday and Thursday morning minyanim
—Community Seder on the second night of Passover, April 9 —Passover services – 1st 2nd 7th 8th day & Chol Hamoed (Apr 9-16) —Yom HaShoah program on April 21
—Breakfast Club programs in April and May
—Shmooze with the Rebbe sessions

We will constantly review current recommendations as they may change by health/government agencies and reevaluate any additional steps that may become necessary. We will notify you immediately as to any changes that are made.

Even though we are taking these difficult measures, our Temple will remain open. Our Rabbi, Dennis Linson, will be available to you by phone for your needs. Our Temple and our office will continue to be open Mon – Fri, 9 am to 12 noon. You can still call the office for tributes, questions and any religious need you may have. Be sure to read our weekly email as this will be one way we will keep in touch with you. It is with a heavy heart we feel it necessary to take these steps. Above all, we want you to stay in good health and we’re doing our part to ensure that. Do not forget we continue to be here for you. Please contact us with any concerns.

“We were slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt, and God brought us out with a strong hand and an outstretched arm. And if God had not brought our ancestors out of Egypt, we and our children and our children’s children would still be subjugated to Pharaoh in Egypt. Even if we were all old and wise and learned in Torah, we would still be commanded to tell the story of the Exodus from Egypt. And the more we talk about the Exodus from Egypt, the more praiseworthy we are.”

This begins our answer at the Seder to the four questions asked by the youngest child (or individual) present. At the Seder we are gathered together with family and/or community to share our freedom story. I don’t know about you, but I love the Seder (and Pesach!). Of course, I love the food at the Seder. (I actually love Passover matzah, especially with butter and jam). But more so I love the telling of our story and history and I especially love the songs and everyone singing joyously together. The Seder can be serious but also fun and a time for learning and discussion.

Our clergy are working to create a virtual on-line ZOOM community Seder to experience all these traditions. We will share the second night Passover Seder on Thursday, April 9 at 5:30 pm. We will enjoy the story, the songs and our delicious meal. At this challenging time of national emergency, we look forward to sharing this holiday together.

Although we were freed as slaves from Egypt long ago as we observe during Pesach, de- plorably, many of our people were again enslaved by the Nazis during World War II. Fortunately, we were liberated but not until after six million of us were murdered and the rest forced to labor while being imprisoned, abused and starved. Annually we remember this horrific time and recognize its survivors at our Yom HaShoah program. Join us virtually via ZOOM on Tuesday, April 21 at 2:00 pm, for this solemn remembrance. As the years pass, there are fewer and fewer survivors so help us honor their resilience.

Today we Jews are free and have a Jewish homeland, Israel. In April, we also observe Yom Hazikaron, Israel Memorial Day, on April 28, to remember those lost in wars and conflicts. This is followed the next day by Yom Ha’atma’ut, Israel’s Independence Day. As our history has shown, we can go from great sadness to great joy. Join us to remember these times of liberation. The Pesach Seder and Yom HaShoah observance are times of community. We look forward to being spiritually connected with you at Temple Judea while dealing with being physically distant for all our health and safety.

Arnold Miller & Sandy Shapiro, Co-Presidents