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You can fast, sit on the ground, etc., but you can’t really observe Tish’a B’Av without feeling it. A good translation of Eikhah, “Lamentations” or “Laments”, makes a huge difference. If you want to get what makes Tish’a B’Av real or relevant, try this translation. The current version can be downloaded in handout and booklet Continue Reading »
As was shared in an email sent on June 11, the Board of Trustees voted at the meeting on Wednesday, June 9 on new recommendations of the Health & Safety Task Force. The following guidelines are now in effect as of this past Saturday, July 3. Fully vaccinated individuals have the option to remove their Continue Reading »
New from Bayit’s Liturgical Arts Working Group comes this collaborative compilation of liturgy, poetry and art for this Tisha b’Av. Here are poems, prayers, artwork, and readings for Tisha b’Av 2021, looking back on the last pandemic year as we sit with what’s broken and nurture the seeds of hope for repair. This offering is organized through Continue Reading »
The Boards of KH and SZ have approved the following plan to for in-person Shabbat morning services, in keeping with the principles we shared in June 2020. We continue to endeavor to be thoughtful about each aspect and phase of this plan, consistent with our conservative approach to risk. Details of the current plan are below. We welcome your questions and feedback Continue Reading »
Dear B’nai Israel,Sixteen months ago we closed our doors in the face of a situation none of us had experienced before. Our community rallied to maintain programs, services, and school (albeit in a very different way), and for that we are very grateful. Today we write with the exciting news that our synagogue is ready Continue Reading »
The current challenges we’re navigating – individually, in our families, and as a community – have often felt even harder because we can’t come together in person to support each other the way we normally would in difficult times. Yet we’re inspired by the ways our community has gotten creative and stayed connected and by Continue Reading »
Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at how we’ve made services happen during the pandemic – all the changes we’ve made, and all we’ll have to change back as we open our doors for people to return soon!
Since the Covid pandemic struck Jewish communities around the world, synagogue-based ritual life was interrupted. People stopped relying on experts and professionals to do Judaism for them. Along with a very real crisis, there were also some opportunities for Jews to take festival practice into their own hands. As each festival came up, I wrote Continue Reading »
UPDATE FROM THE SAFETY COMMITTEEWe want to thank all congregants for their patience and for working with us in maintaining asafe environment for our community. We have been reviewing the most recentrecommendations from the CDC and the updated guidelines from the State of New Jersey. With the latest information, we are implementing the following changes and Continue Reading »