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Temple Israel & JCC

Temple Israel & JCC

Two Congregations, One Community

Temple Israel & JCC

Covid – 19 Update

RCBI Announcement:          Updated:04/24/2020

Our own Roz Altman has come up with the great idea of pooling our resources to donate meals for medical workers to show our appreciation and provide them with a little support in these difficult (and dangerous) times.

We plan to order meals from Poppy’s in Teaneck and have them delivered to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson & the John Theurer Cancer Center in Hackensack.

If you would like to contribute to the effort, please donate to the TI & JJCC Assistant’s Rabbi’s discretionary fund and mail to the Temple, along with an email to me indicating that you would like your contribution to be used for that purpose.  If all goes well, we may add another hospital or medical center to the list, so if you have ideas on that score feel free to share as well.

L’shalom,

Rabbi Leiah Moser
rabbileiah@synagogue.org


To our congregants:                                         Updated:  04/14/2020

Chesed during Covid — We hope that this email finds everyone safe and staying out of harm’s way. We recognize that some of you may be unable to venture out for groceries so we have identified a group of noble volunteers who are a phone call away to assist. If you happen to be venturing out for groceries and would not mind picking up some for an effective member, PLEASE consider being a volunteer and let Elyse Levene know. elyselawyer@msn.com or 201-306-1283

Here are some ground rules:

Member should be in one of the affected categories: over age 65; compromised respiratory or immune system; recent surgery or hospitalization. It’s on the honor system so please be considerate as we have limited resources. 

This service is being provided by volunteers. Although they are willing to assist members, as much as we would love to accommodate everyone, please remember it is not a taxi service to make multiple runs on someone’s behalf.

Volunteer will shop once per week per household (or less frequently depending on need). 

Volunteers are not responsible for the accuracy of the deliveries. (During these exigent times adaptability is key)!

At the time of this writing, we believe the following stores will process either telephonic or online orders to be picked up curbside (list of providers is subject to change). Members may of course know of other stores so feel free to make arrangements directly but the store should be within reasonable distance using the Temple as the central point.   Since our volunteers are not ‘shopping’ you are responsible for calling the store to place and pay for your own orders.

 

Maywood Market – (201) 843-2721

Shoprite of Ramsey – 800 746 7748

Harold’s Kosher Paramus – 201 262 0030

http://www.swedefarms.com/ (For dairy) 

Steve’s Market Inc Ramsey www.stevesmarket.com‎   (201) 327-9466

Steve’s Market Ramsey will deliver locally through Ridgewood/Glen Rock and north to Ramsey

The on-line newsletter, Patch, may be compiling a list of businesses that are open in surrounding towns. Here is the address of the email information they send. Try Patch.com to be put on the list.

 

Here is the process:

Congregant contacts central point person with the need. Please contact one of the following who will set you up with a volunteer.  

Susan Amsterdam – Susana401@optonline.net

Irene Bressler – Irene.bressler@gmail.com

Elyse Levene – Elyselawyer@msn.com

Jane Rosen – janeruth515@gmail.com

Peri Namerow – Peri.namerow@gmail.com

David Namerow – Dnamerow@gmail.com

 

Volunteer gets “assigned“ to the member so that they can coordinate a mutually convenient day, date and time. 

Member will place the order with the store and provide payment directly to the store.

Member will contact the volunteer with the estimated time of drop off and the order number. Please provide a confirmed phone number for the member. 

Volunteer will deliver groceries to a spot designated by the volunteer like a front porch or a driveway. If the item is a pharmaceutical, it should be handed directly to the member or his/her designee.

This volunteer service may be tweaked along the way as circumstances dictate. 

Thank you all and please be safe.

 

 

And so we Zoom.


 

 

Sunday Morning’s minyan…

 

 


To Our Temple Israel Family,                                                                        March, 31

As we all stay home and at a physical distance from each other during the COVID-19 pandemic, we will bring you short Temple Talk newsletters to help everyone stay connected until we can once again hold services and programs at TI-JCC. This issue features short pieces with helpful information, concise updates on what’s happening in our community and photos of recent events when we could “congregate.”

Stay safe and healthy.

Temple Talk – Lite


 

Updated March 26, 2020.             

Announcement:  Temple Israel services this weekend and Other Ritual Information

Dear Friends,

I am grateful that so many of us were able to connect for services last Shabbat.  While we continue to struggle through this difficult time, we can find consolation in coming together as best we can. This weekend, we will again have our Friday night service at 6:30pm, and I will be joined on Friday night by Ralph Selig on the organ.  Saturday morning still be at 9am and Sunday morning minyan at 9:30.  You can log on to the livestream from our website (and I will repeat the directions below) OR you can use the following Zoom links. The advantage of Zoom is that we can see each other and interact, although I may need to mute the group for the singing together as there is often a feedback problem.  I will be able to see how many participants we have on Zoom, so I won’t need anyone to send me an email note that you are watching (as long as I see that we have a minyan).  Here are the links:

Friday night at 6:30:  https://zoom.us/j/179960000

Shabbat morning at 9:00:  https://zoom.us/j/254283170

Sunday morning at 9:30:   https://zoom.us/j/773306776

Looking ahead to Passover, I will be sending information out soon on procuring Passover food easily from the caterers we work with.  Our minyan on the eve of Passover for the siyum for the first born will still be held with Glen Rock Jewish Center, but will be at 8am instead of 7am, and will be over Zoom.  I will also be sending information out soon regarding virtual Seder information.  For the curious on more Passover questions, see: https://www.rabbinicalassembly.org/story/preparing-pesah-during-time-pandemic

I am appending to this email the newest revised advisory from the North Jersey Board of Rabbis, which includes some specific information for Passover.

 

LIVESTREAMING INSTRUCTIONS:

1.      Go to www.synagogue.org

2.      On the menu task bar select “About Us” (it is on the left just to the right of “Home”)

3.      Select the last item on the drop down menu, “Members Only Area”

4.      If you have not registered yet, click the link at the bottom “Click here to register” for new users.

5.      Fill out the form and press submit.

6.      Our tech committee will process the request and send you an email confirming your registration with the username and password you selected on the form. It may take  until Thursday for all requests to be processed.

7.      Repeat steps 1 through 4 and log in during service times.

During service times, you will find me in our sanctuary leading our virtual congregation in study and prayer. 

 

VIRTUAL SIDDURIM, REAL PEOPLE

When joining in at home it is of course appropriate to dress in ritual garb as we would in synagogue.  Meaning, if you wear a kippah and tallit and you have at home, please use them.  For our Sunday morning minyan, if you have tefillin to put on, then please do so.  In case you do not have a copy of the relevant prayer book, please go to this site before Shabbat and fill out the form for a free download:

https://www.rabbinicalassembly.org/form-download-e-siddur-0

The Rabbinical Assembly has kindly made downloadable copies available during this crisis, but asks that we each affirm that we will not distribute our copies.  The downloads are not the entire siddur, so you need to select in the request form “Siddur Lev Shalem: Kabbalat Shabbat and Shabbat Evening Service” for Friday night, “Siddur Lev Shalem: Shabbat Morning” for Saturday morning, and “Siddur Sim Shalom: Shaharit for Weekdays” for Sunday morning.  I also encourage you to purchase the siddurim or humash from the Rabbinical Assembly so you can have a hard copy for your homes, which you can do with a special discount from this site: https://www.rabbinicalassembly.org/story/siddurim-and-humashim-sale

 

Finally, please email me if there is anything I can help with, or just to tell me how you are doing.  And as always, please let me or Howard know if you need help with anything.  Your TIJCC family is here for you.

Shabbat shalom,

Rabbi Fine 

 

Rabbi David J Fine, PhD


 

As of March 15, 2020:

Dear TIJCC Family,

As we continue to learn, the COVID-19 crisis is a dire health emergency that is effecting our entire planet.  It is also close to home, as the Village of Ridgewood reported two confirmed cases last night.  The two most important things we can do are 1) follow the advice of social distancing and other preventative measures, and 2) come together, if virtually, to support each other and those in our community who will face needs, be they physical, economic, spiritual and emotional.  As the health consequences unfold daily, we will keep all of us  up to date on all relevant issues to Temple Israel and JCC.  The current situation is that we have extended the closure of Temple Israel, cancelling all programs now through Sunday, March 29th.  While we suspect that precautionary measures will be extended beyond March 29th, we will allow them to take shape and report to you as circumstances change.

 

While our synagogue building is closed except for essential employee personnel,  we are here for each other.  We will be sending an email out in the next couple days on our plans for live streaming of services beginning this coming Friday night.  Jessica Spiegel will be sending information to our NNJJA families on our plan for distance learning, as will Fred Nagler to the BCHSJS community.  While we are and will be in communication with individuals regarding group programs and events that are scheduled over the coming months, our first priority is assuring the well-being of all in our community. Please be in touch with either of us if anyone in the community requires any assistance, ranging from getting groceries to anything else.  You can email the rabbi  ( rabbi@synagogue.org ) or Howard Schreiber ( howard.ti475@gmail.com ) or call the synagogue at 201-444-9320 and we will respond as quickly as we can.  And if you would like us to call you when an opportunity to volunteer arises, email Howard who will compile a list.    

 

The following two articles were distributed by the Ridgewood school district  regarding social distancing:

Social Distancing: This is Not a Snow Day  

 The Dos and Don’ts of “Social Distancing”

And the following link offers advice on how to speak with children about COVID-19: from the National Association of School Psychologists and the National Associate of Nurses:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1oavYm51UOXbvwi3irJR4j2RjW5zNQyyg/view

 

Finally, appended here below our signatures is a statement from the North Jersey Board of Rabbis with guidelines for our Jewish community that were approved this morning.

 

With prayers for healing of body and spirit,

Howard Schreiber, President

David J Fine, Rabbi

 

 

The North Jersey Board of Rabbis

Updated: March 15, 2020 / 19 Adar 5780

We write to you with an important update regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and the public health concern of our community at-large. 

Having consulted with medical experts, the NJ Department of Health, government and community leaders, and based on what we have learned regarding the profound impact that social distancing can have on curbing the widespread nature of this pandemic, we are urging that synagogue communities adhere to the following guidelines until the emergency passes, in an effort to assist in containing the number of cases of individuals affected with COVID-19:

 

1.  We recommend that in-person Shabbat services and weekday services be canceled. Individual rabbis should guide their communities regarding the use of live streaming services on Shabbat. Alternatively, we encourage online Kabbalat Shabbat services prior to sundown on Friday and/or  Maariv/Havdalah services after sundown on Saturday night so members of the community can be part of an online prayer space.

a.  If, despite this recommendation, in-person services are held, the following guidelines must be followed in addition to general recommendations on social distancing: all handshaking should be avoided, the Torah, siddur, humash, mezuzah or other holy items should not be kissed nor should the Torah be processed around the room, and individuals should spread themselves out through the room. We should avoid sharing tallitot and kippot. At kiddush, challah should be pre-sliced and other precautions taken to avoid hand contact.  Anyone who is even slightly not feeling well should stay home.

1.  B’nei mitzvah celebrations should be postponed. Consideration shall be given, in consultation with individual rabbis, to the recitation of Torah readings and haftarot that students have prepared for a particular parashah on alternative dates.

a.          If, despite this recommendation, the bar/bat mitzvah service is to be held, it should be held at home with nuclear family only, and without grandparents present.  The individual rabbi will give guidance on the service and use of live streaming.

1.  Hebrew Schools, nursery schools, adult education and all other in-person programming should be canceled. Communities should prepare to move religious studies learning to an online setting.

2.  Synagogue and community buildings should be closed with the exception of essential personnel so that the community can continue to function virtually for its members. All in-person programming should be suspended and meetings be held through virtual platforms or conference calls.

3.  All communal buildings should be regularly sanitized.   

4.  It is recommended that public meals be canceled, which would include meals on Shabbat. 

5.  Funerals should be restricted to graveside-only funerals, with immediate family-only. Shivah visits should be done over the phone or video conferencing. Individual rabbis should offer guidance regarding the potential of reciting Mourner’s Kaddish in a virtual space.

6.  Any brit, baby naming and pidyon/peter-rehem ceremonies should be kept as small as possible limited to the baby and parents. Grandparents and other relatives over 60 years old should not be in attendance.  

 

In addition we urge individuals and families to follow these recommendations to also help curb the widespread nature of COVID-19:

1.  Stay home as much as possible. Ensure that you have enough food and supplies, should the need arise for you to stay home for an extended period of time. This may include the basic necessities for Passover, including matzah. 

2.  Work from home, if possible. Prepare to work from home for an extended period of time, if you have not already. This includes bringing home files, computers and other necessary professional materials. 

3.  If commuting, avoid doing so during peak times and refrain from coming into contact with other people especially large crowds.

4.  Avoid playdates with others. Encourage children to have virtual playdates and prayer opportunities. 

5.  Refrain, in general, from handshaking and other forms of physical contact, while following all widely-known protocols for handwashing. 

 

Please understand that these guidelines are ones that we offer with a heavy heart, knowing the significance that communal religious experiences have on us as we celebrate the joys and cope with the sorrows of life. We convey our dedication to ensure that alternative support mechanisms are in place to help you and your family during this difficult time and for all other pastoral and religious needs. 

 

We urge all community leaders to be sensitive to all those affected, whether through illness, financial impact, or emotional concerns, and to work actively in organizing aid to those in need.    

 

Our tradition teaches us that there is no greater mitzvah than pikuach nefesh, the saving of one’s life. The time to make these changes to save lives is now and we call upon everyone in a position of leadership to do so.  We add our prayers for healing of spirit and body.   

 

North Jersey Board of Rabbis

Rabbi David J. Fine, President

Rabbi Loren Monosov, Vice President

Rabbi Jennifer Schlosberg, Treasurer

Rabbi Ilana Schwartzman, Secretary

Rabbi David Seth Kirshner, Immediate Past President


 

As of March 12, 2020:

Dear TIJCC Family,

Due to the concerns about COVID-19 and the responsibility which we share with the broader Jewish community to prevent the spread of the disease, Temple Israel and Jewish Community Center will be closed from tomorrow,  Friday, March 13th, through Sunday March 22nd.  Shabbat services, Sunday minyan, adult education, all meetings,  NNJJA and BCHSJS classes are all suspended.  While the synagogue is closed it will be undergoing a deep-clean.  We will send more information early next week. Maureen and Rabbi Fine will be answering emails regularly.  Please let us know if anyone requires any special assistance with attaining food supplies.  We share with you the statement below from the North Jersey Board of Rabbis (NJBR).   

Howard Schreiber, President

David J Fine, Rabbi  

 

 

The North Jersey Board of Rabbis

March 12, 2020

16 Adar 5780

 

Dear Friends:

 

We write to you with an important update regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and the public health concern of our community at-large. 

 

Today, we have consulted with the NJ Department of Health, local medical experts and government officials.  

 

As a group, we collectively shared the various challenges that many of our communities are facing as we balance the need to protect the public’s health and the need to continue offering valuable services to members of our community. 

 

Given what we have learned from experts regarding the profound impact that social distancing can have on curbing the widespread nature of this pandemic, we are urging that synagogue communities adhere to the following guidelines effective March 13th at least through and including Sunday, March 15th, in an effort to assist in containing the number of cases of individuals affected with COVID-19:

 

  1. We recommend that in-person Shabbat services and weekday services be canceled. Individual rabbis should guide their communities regarding the use of live streaming services on Shabbat. Alternatively, we encourage online Kabbalat Shabbat services prior to sundown on Friday and/or  Maariv/Havdalah services after sundown on Saturday night so members of the community can be part of an online prayer space.
    1. If in-person services are held, all handshaking should be avoided, the Torah, siddur, humash, mezuzah or other holy items should not be kissed nor should the Torah be processed around the room, and individuals should spread themselves out through the room. We should avoid sharing tallitot and kippot. At kiddush, challah should be pre-sliced and other precautions taken to avoid hand contact.  Anyone who is even slightly not feeling well should stay home.
  1. B’nei mitzvah celebrations should be limited. Consideration shall be given, in consultation with individual rabbis, to the recitation of Torah readings and haftarot that students have prepared for a particular parashah on alternative dates.
  2. Hebrew Schools should be canceled, including all relevant special programs. Communities should prepare to move religious studies learning to an online setting. 
  3. It is recommended that public meals be canceled, which would include meals on Shabbat. 
  4. Funerals should be restricted to graveside-only funerals, with immediate family-only. Shivah visits should be done over the phone or video conferencing. Individual rabbis should offer guidance regarding the potential of reciting Mourner’s Kaddish in a virtual space.
  5. Any brit, baby naming and pidyon/peter-rehem ceremonies should be kept as small as possible limited to the baby and parents. Grandparents and other relatives over 60 years old should not be in attendance.  
  6. Nursery Schools housed in synagogues should be closed.

 

In addition we urge individuals and families to follow these recommendations to also help curb the widespread nature of COVID-19:

  1. Stay home as much as possible. Ensure that you have enough food and supplies, should the need arise for you to stay home for an extended period of time. This may include the basic necessities for Passover, including matzah. 
  2. Work from home, if possible. Prepare to work from home for an extended period of time, if you have not already. This includes bringing home files, computers and other necessary professional materials. 
  3. If commuting, avoid doing so during peak times and refrain from coming into contact with other people especially large crowds.
  4. Avoid playdates with others. Encourage children to have virtual playdates and prayer opportunities. 
  5. Refrain, in general, from handshaking and other forms of physical contact, while following all widely-known protocols for handwashing. 

 

Additional guidance regarding what communities should do beyond March 15th will be offered after Shabbat. 

 

Please understand that these guidelines are ones that we offer with a heavy heart, knowing the significance that communal religious experiences have on us as we celebrate the joys and cope with the sorrows of life. We convey our dedication to ensure that alternative support mechanisms are in place to help you and your family during this difficult time and for all other pastoral and religious needs. 

 

Our tradition teaches us that there is no greater mitzvah than pikuach nefesh, the saving of one’s life. The time to make these changes to save lives is now and we call upon everyone in a position of leadership to do so. 

 

North Jersey Board of Rabbis

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