Bet Torah

HHD 7/7/20 Update

Dear Bet Torah Family,

Please read through this entire letter and provide feedback through the link below.

The COVID-19 crisis has forced us to adapt and evolve the way we gather, celebrate, and mourn over the past few months in truly unprecedented times. Bet Torah’s focus from the start has been to prioritize the health and safety of our members. As our community is made up of congregants and family members of multiple ages, generations, and health concerns, any Bet Torah decisions must consider individuals as well as the entire community.  With this in mind, Bet Torah staff and committees have worked over the past several months to keep our community safely together in prayer, learning, observance, and celebration while we are required to be apart physically.

One of the pillars of any Jewish community is coming together each Fall to celebrate the High Holy Days. While the start of High Holy Days is still a few months away, groups of Bet Torah members have been hard at work conceptualizing and planning this year’s High Holy Days at Bet Torah. At this point we know that we will not be able to gather physically as a full congregation and are exploring ways to utilize the power of technology to create new opportunities and embrace what is different this year. The High Holy Days will uphold Bet Torah’s tradition of supporting our core values of worship, reflection, tradition, engagement, and care about each and every member of our community.

Rabbi Brusso compares these times to the time after the destruction of the Temple, when the Jewish community had to adapt to new ways of worship. The clergy and committee members planning the High Holy Days 5781 are excited about the huge opportunities to adapt the way we come together to worship during the holiday season. We look forward to creating new traditions while strengthening our continuing High Holy Day vision – more time for discussion, more space for ideas, and more places to be.

In the coming weeks, you will receive a series of communications regarding planning of this year’s High Holy Days. You should have received the letter reproduced here as an email on July 7 with a link to complete a short questionnaire. We invite your feedback to help us understand which elements of your remote Bet Torah experiences have been most meaningful to you.  This will guide us as we work together to bring the High Holy Days 5781 into our homes and hearts.
If you did NOT receive that letter please contact Laura Sweig lsweig@gmail.com.

Thank you for sharing your feedback.

Sincerely,

Amy Horowitz, President
Rabbi Aaron Brusso
Rabbi Lisa Sacks
Cantor Gil Ezring
Seth Young, Executive Director
Gina Fass, Kulanu Director
Mindy Citera, Nursery School Director
Loen Amer, Director of Youth Engagement

High Holy Days 5781 Task Force
Peter Linden, VP, Ritual
Bradley Adler
Diana Binger
Dori Busell
Robyn Frank
Natasha Hanan
Mindy Hermann
Corrie Jacobs
David Kellogg
Sandy Kellogg
Caroline Lisker
Joanne Lupatkin
Jill Ratner
Brian Schnapper
Antony Schwartz
Laura Sweig

If you have technical difficulty with the survey, please contact Laura Sweig at lsweig@gmail.com.

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