Is the Coronavirus keeping you away from Temple? Not to worry! We are holding our Shabbat Service online (via Zoom) and live streaming many other events on Temple Emanuel's Facebook Page. Enjoy the beauty of Shabbat from the comfort of your own home. We look forward to seeing you online!
All outside events that were scheduled to be held in the Temple building have been canceled – we are looking for creative, online ways to host these events, classes and programs, and will keep you informed.
The Spring Fundraiser "Main Event" and all hosted events through April 18th are canceled or postponed. We will be in touch with those of you who have already registered for events or sponsored the fundraiser very soon with options for you to consider. We are planning to hold our main event auction online – watch for an email soon with more details on this.
Communal Rabbis Letter About Passover
March 2020 · Adar 5780
How is this Passover different from all other Passovers?
On all other Passovers there were no pandemics, but on this Passover, COVID-19 plagues the world. Passover is a time when many gather with friends and family or join together in community seders. Barring a major downgrading of COVID-19 concerns by Public Health authorities, it is clear that such gatherings should not happen this year.
The best public health advice at this moment is for everyone to stay home as much as possible. This is for your own health and the health of society at large. As such, Passover Seders should only be celebrated with the members of one’s immediate household. To be clear, especially since those over the age of 65 are at increased risk of death from COVID-19, seniors in our community should prioritize taking care of their health over family celebrations for the duration of this crisis, even though that means not spending seder night together with the family. We understand that this will be a heartbreaking reality and a major disruption for many.
There are many wonderful ways to celebrate Passover, even as we limit physical contact. Each congregation and rabbi will guide their community in unique ways. Please contact your rabbi and explore each website for more information.
To paraphrase the Talmud: Better we should have one less-than-ideal Passover, so that we can celebrate many Passovers in the future. (Yoma 35b)
Rabbi Fred Guttman and Rabbi Andy Koren
Rabbi Joshua Ben-Gideon
Beth David Synagogue
Rabbi Yosef Plotkin
Chabad Jewish Center of Greensboro
Greensboro Jewish Federation
We thank the Toronto Board of Rabbis for allowing us to use their text which has been adjusted by our local rabbis for our Greensboro community.