Shavuot Weekend and How to Stay Connected
As we continue to be mindful of the power of our Jewish community, we continue to be mindful that the community is not our synagogue building. Our community is made up of people--YOU! In order to continue to protect each of us, we will continue to meet, pray, learn, and sing virtually. This week, beginning on Thursday night are a number of programs that will allow you to engage in Shavuot programming. Thursday, May 28, begins Shavuot. It will lead into Shabbat. There are a multitude of Shavuot offerings this year. The Reconstructionist movement is hosting a program that includes music and learning from 7:30 pm est to 10:30 am est. 7:30-8:30 pm is a musical celebration. I will be hosting the musical program. Information is inside our newsletter and to register for the event see here. Registration information for the Shavuot celebration is also included in this newsletter. Also, the Jewish Communities of Vermont is also holding a Shavuot program through the weekend. I will be participating in leading some of the early prayers for a statewide Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat service. Saturday morning I will be involved with the Hallel/ Psalms presentation. Saturday night I have been invited to be a part of a concert at 8 pm and to lead Havdallah at 9:30 pm. Details on the event are available here. Most of the Shavuot events are free and require pre-registration for Zoom and Facebook invitations.
There are many ways to engage in virtual community offerings for Shabbat and for Shavuot next week. I hope you will feel inspired to try one or more of these opportunities. Stay safe. Stay healthy. Stay positive!
Message from Jewish Communities
(Rabbi Micah in 2016 at a Leket Yisrael growing field collecting “pe’ah”)
COVID-19 and the Jewish Community
Quoting Rabbi David Edleson at Temple Sinai in S. Burlington:
Jewish tradition has some key teachings for what we are living through:
1.To save a single life is to save an entire world.
2.Faith, daily prayer and meditation can help us to remain grounded and calm even in the midst of turmoil and uncertainty.
3.Much is out of our control, but we must do what we can to reduce risk of harm to others.
4.Even when facing difficult challenges, the key is not to be afraid.
Cancellations keep coming in. Please check with your synagogue, the organization or venue for the latest information.We have included the updates we have so far. As we practice "Social Distancing" please make sure to use social media and the TELEPHONE to keep in touch with your community. Some people are experiencing different levels of anxiety--in some cases extreme anxiety-- and loneliness will become a problem for other members of our communities. If you know someone who lives alone, even if they are not your special friend, reach out, check on them and engage in safe social interaction.
Why is the community doing this? Are we over-reacting?
The goal is to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 so that we don't overwhelm our healthcare system. The graphic below explains what we have to do. Even if you are not at particular risk, you can spread the virus. Social distancing and limiting our exposure to others will slow the pandemic down. Just as many may become ill, but it won't happen all at once. We don't have enough , hospital beds, ventilators or health -care workers so let's work together for the good of all (a very Jewish value!)
All non-profits, including our synagogues and JCVT are going to have a difficult time now since the pandemic has become an economic disaster. Please continue to support the Jewish community, including JCVT, as long as you are able. Stay healthy and keep our Jewish institutions healthy so that we all can continue to support the community.