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We hope you are all well and have adjusted to our “new normal”. We have all been challenged by having to “stay at home”. For us here at Temple Judea that also meant that we had to figure out how we can still all pray together. Thanks to Rabbi Dennis Linson, Cantor Josef Chazan and Cantorial Soloist Susan Kotses, we have met this challenge.

Thanks to modern technology, we have been able to pray together. Many of us have figured out how to join us online through Zoom. In your emails from the Temple you will find a link to click on to join our ser- vices. You may also be required to set up a Zoom account and password. It is not difficult to do and the Rabbi can help you if necessary. We have been having online Shabbat services weekly. We urge you to join us at 7:30 pm on Friday nights and 10:00 am on Saturday mornings for these Shabbat services. You will enjoy not only the service but being able to see your Temple Judea friends. You will feel connected and not seem so alone. In addition, you don’t even have to leave your home! We will be continuing these online services for as long as we need to stay at home. When we have the go ahead to again meet in person, we will notify you. Please look out for all Temple emails and phone calls.

This month on May 29 and 30 we observe the festival of Shavuot, also known as Chag Matan Torateinu, the holiday of the giving of our Torah at Mount Sinai. It is also the end of the counting of the Omer which be- gan on the night of the Second Seder. We read Megillat Ruth and enjoy the tradition of eating dairy foods. We recite Yizkor on the second day. At this time, we anticipate our service will still be online through Zoom. We encourage you to join us.

We want to thank our clergy for their extraordinary efforts in arranging these online services. We also Thank Rabbi Linson for all the online program opportunities he provides us with each week. We have all been learning how to be together even when we can’t actually be together.

We wish you all good health and look forward to the time when we can again gather and pray in our Temple building. Take care and stay safe.

Sandy Shapiro and Arnold Miller, Co-Chairs