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High Holy Days, COVID Safety and You

High Holy Days, July 1 and Your Membership

July 1 is when our members are required to renew membership and pledge their Terumah dues for ’21-’22. In our safety considerations for determining who will be granted High Holy Day entry, members in good standing will be considered first and foremost for our in-person High Holy Day services, exclusively. Please be sure you renew your membership and pledge by July 1 to ensure your place at at least some HHD services and to ensure a smooth High Holy Day experience for you and your family. Click here to pledge and renew your membership if you have not already set your membership to auto-renew on our website. July 1 is the beginning of our fiscal year and the membership renewal date for all, including those who joined or renewed at any point in the last year.

After you renew, please watch your emails and the Weekly for our required pre-registration form. The due date to submit this form will be August 15 to ensure a safe and healthy admissions process.

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Rabbi Moritt joins other members of Jersey City clergy in this video supporting Covid-19 Vaccinations and in honor of all who have suffered and all who have helped during this unprecedented time. See Video.

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To keep our employees healthy, most are working from home with adjusted hours and limited access to files. Our phones and emails are up and running.

Our hearts ache to be together again, back to the lives and community we enjoy.

Pikuach Nefesh (the preservation of human life) is hands-down, the most important value in Judaism. Temple Beth-El takes this virus very seriously and has made the following adjustments in our programming. We hope you will stay connected with us each and every step of the way as we bond together as a congregation as follows:

Shabbat Services

Rest for the body. Refreshment for the soul. Nourishment for the spirit. Healing for the heart. Inspiration for life.

FRIDAY EVENING – KABBALAT SHABBAT

Beginning June 4, our First Friday services will, weather permitting, be held outdoors, socially distanced, and will not be Zoomed or YouTubed. Also starting in June, we will hold one service per month (dates TBA) in our sanctuary for 25 fully-vaccinated, masked and distanced congregants. That service will be live-streamed over YouTube (not Zoom). The remainder of our services will be available over Zoom. Please check our website for updated, accurate information.

Join us via Zoom on your phone, tablet or desktop. Phone in: 929.205.6099, Meeting ID: 775 213 809.

To follow the service with a digital flip book siddur, click here.

Our Pot Luck Dinners are suspended until further notice.

Newcomers and visitors of any religious backgrounds are always welcome.

Shabbat Shalom and we hope to see you all on Zoom.

SATURDAY MORNING – STUDY AND PRAYER

All Shabbat morning services are suspended until further notice. Watch the calendar for virtual Tot Shabbat and Pajama Havdalah schedule.

Prayers For Healing

If you or a loved one are ill and would like to be added to our misheberach l’cholim list (prayer for healing), please let Rabbi Moritt know at rabbimoritt@betheljc.org.

We are happy to pray for the healing of body, spirit, psyche and relationship of anyone of any religion. Please include the Hebrew name of the person/people in your prayers (if known) and your phone number so we can be in touch.

As eager as we are to pray for your healing, we are especially happy when we can take you off the list, fully restored. Please remember to let us know that, too.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Tutoring

All bar/bat mitzvah tutoring will continue as scheduled via Zoom until further notice.

Download the program from zoom.us if you have not already.

For tutoring with Rabbi Moritt, click this link in your browser. If you need to use the phone instead, call (929) 205-6099; meeting ID: 848 568 733.

To reach Morah Marian Kleinman email morahmarian@betheljc.org.

Please remember Rabbi Moritt and Morah Marian schedule their meetings independently. If you need to reschedule or make an appointment, reach out to them by email.

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