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Shalom Temple Sinai!
I realized that last week, I wrote about the ‘Great Pause,’ and the mirror it offers on our lives. However, for me and many of you, this period has been anything but a pause. For those of use working from home, and especially those of you also taking care of school-aged children, this has been among the busiest and most stressful times in memory. I know that I, personally, have had trouble finding the time and the ‘head-space’ to really let what is happening sink in and have our feelings and reactions.
Also in this email:
– Upcoming services – Beatles Shabbat!
– Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’Atzmaut Service and opportunities
– Online Class: Parenting Through A Jewish Lens – Still a few slots left!
– Neeed some help?
– Mi Shebeirach List – Keep us in the loop
WE HAVE STEPPED UP
Can you believe it has been about 5 weeks since we closed Temple and went virtual. During this time, so many people have stepped up – really our entire community.
Whether it has been:
-All of you here tonight attending service and other activities offered by Temple;
-Judy and our religious schoolteachers continuing with religious school and post-Mitzvah adults…
The Chaverim Team is working hard in the time of COVID-19. We recently delivered 30 Passover Care packages to members of our community so they had matzoh and kosher wine for seder. Thank you to Rabbi and Stacie Gabert for all of their help in this effort.
The Chaverim and the Social Action committees are involved in several ongoing efforts to help our community cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.
A 4-week online series hosted by Rabbi Tobie Weisman, and Rabbi David Edleson Begins Sunday, April 26 at 11 am Ever wondered how to approach talking about the BIG QUESTIONS with your children? Ever want to share idea and challenges with other parents raising kids in the Jewish tradition? Rabbi David Edleson and Rabbi Tobie […]
This time we are living in has come to be called “The Great Pause.” It reminds me of times I’ve been at yoga or meditation retreats and was asked to pay attention to the space between inhaling and exhaling, the rest, the time between what was and what will be.
It is not like America to pause, or the global economy to pause, and we’ve already noticed some interesting things.
First of all, we’ve found out that we can actually stop. That is profound in itself.
We’ve seen the canals in Venice turn clear, and the skies over China clear. The “Great Pause,” as writer Julio Vincent Gambuto calls it, is producing the following: “A carless Los Angeles has clear blue skies as pollution has simply stopped. In a quiet New York, you can hear the birds chirp in the middle of Madison Avenue. Coyotes have been spotted on the Golden Gate Bridge. These are the postcard images of what the world might be like if we could find a way to have a less deadly daily effect on the planet.”