Maintaining a Sense of Community in the Shadow of COVID-19

A message from Marshall Kohen, Temple Isaiah President:
At times, we are able to get past the immediacies and to-do lists, seeing our lives as a series of road trips. Right now, I feel as if we’re in a tunnel. It’s not pitch black, so we’re able to find our way a bit, but the route we’re traveling seems to change directions hourly.  I see bits of light along the way, like when neighbors help each other, grocery shoppers share knowing smiles, and as our clergy and staff continue to lead beautiful worship and study sessions, though at a physical distance. Many challenges still await all of us, but I’m heartened that we are on the path together. Please know that Temple Isaiah is with you on the road trip, spiritually and communally.
As you’ll see below, Temple Isaiah staff, clergy and lay leadership have been in regular communication, thinking creatively about how to achieve our core mission in the midst of a difficult environment. I continue to be wowed by a pervasive can-do spirit and gratified by everyone’s dedication.
We are also currently cleaning the building thoroughly, so that when we can get back together, it will be in the healthiest possible space. Please continue to take care of yourselves and each other – that is how we will get through this.
While we practice social distancing we will continue to seek ways for us to join together as a community virtually.
Shabbat Services:
Please join us for the following Shabbat services via Facebook Live or on Zoom:
Friday Night Services at 8pm
Family Shabbat Services on the 2nd & 4th Fridays at 6:30pm
Tot Shabbat every Saturday morning at 10:30am
Join us on Zoom for the following meetups:
Havdalah on Saturday nights at 8pm
Torah Study on Saturday mornings at 9am
Youth Group:
Teen call on Friday, March 20 at 3pm
A note from Rabbi Craig Axler:
Gathering is one of the most sacred and important things we do as a community. And regular gathering is even more important in this moment of extraordinary challenge that could lead to a sense of isolation. That is why we are offering the opportunity to gather on our Zoom account two times each day from Sunday through Friday morning (in addition to our Shabbat streaming).  Our clergy, educators and lay leaders will be hosting Boker Tov (“Good Morning”) at 9 am and Erev Tov (“Good Evening”) at 5:30 pm. Geared for the wide swath of our TI community, these gatherings will include a variety of topics and formats, but all will include a moment of prayer, some inspirational teaching and the opportunity to interact on the Zoom platform with members of your Temple Isaiah community.
As we pray in V’Ahavta – “you shall engage with these words when you are at home and away, when you lie down at night and when you rise up in the morning.” (Deuteronomy 6)
To access Boker Tov at 9am go to https://zoom.us/j/753499667
To access Erev Tov at 5:30pm go to https://zoom.us/j/925211816
Notice about office and staff:
Temple Isaiah office is currently open with just a skeleton staff during office hours to answer your calls and keep the day to day administrative operations going. All of our staff and clergy are also working remotely on days they are not in the office. This situation could change at any time if it is decided to close the office completely.
If you should call during business hours and not get an answer please leave a message for the person you are trying to reach and also send an email. Email will be the quickest way to receive a response if the person you need is not in the office.
If you are calling with an emergency and need immediate contact with Rabbi Axler, please call our emergency number and you will get a call back as quickly as possible. That number is 301.421.4552.
Listed below are the phone extensions and email addresses for our staff:
Rabbi Craig Axler *815 rabbiaxler@templeisaiah.org
Lori Levitas *811: Rabbi’s Assistant lori@templeisaiah.org
Rabbi Daniel Plotkin *812 Rabbi Educator   rabbiplotkin@templeisaiah.org
Meredith Zuckerman *813: Preschool Director meredith@templeisaiah.org
Beth Luntz *810: Administrative Assistant beth@templeisaiah.org 
Rachel Petroff Kessler *816: Family Educator rachel@templeisaiah.org
Helen Winoker *818: Temple Administrator helen@templeisaiah.org
Joanne Brazinski *820: Youth Engagement/Event Coordinator joanne@templeisaiah.org
Tina Connolly *819: Accountant tina@templeisaiah 
Raya Kridel Communications Coordinator raya@templeisaiah.org

 

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