Resources while Sheltering in Place

In this time of sheltering in place, we are going to feel all kinds of difficult emotions. Let’s all offer our support to each other and stay connected in our physical isolation. In the words of Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky of B’nai David-Judea Congregation in L.A., “Every hand that we don’t shake must become a phone call that we place. Every embrace that we avoid must become a verbal expression of warmth and concern. Every inch and every foot that we physically place between ourselves and another, must become a thought as to how we might be of help to that other, should the need arise…Let’s stay safe. And let’s draw one another closer in a way that we’ve never done before.”

We will stay in close touch virtually in the coming days and weeks and help each other get through this difficult time.

FREE ZOOM TUTORIAL: A free Zoom tutorial will show you all you need to know to get started using this convenient video conferencing tool. Click here.

SIDDURIM: Knowing that we do not all have the same siddurim at home, the Rabbinical Assembly is offering two options for all of us to take advantage of. First, our siddurim are being offered at a discount to help get them into our homes. And secondly, we also have access to them online. While using ZOOM, I plan to share my screen to ensure that we can all be on the same page, answering the call of the Torah portion with technology. You can access the siddur here.

  • Prayer Books: Our siddur has been made available by the Rabbinical Assembly for download so you can access it at home if you need a prayer book. 
  • Kabbalat Shabbat: While Shabbat morning services continue to be on hold, I am offering a Zoom Kabbalat Shabbat gathering weekly at 5:45 pm. Contact us at least one day ahead of time for the link to join the service.
  • Shabbat morning: Many synagogues are continuing to stream their Shabbat services online. In the weeks ahead you can check our ongoing list of live-streamed Shabbat services here.
  • Wednesday afternoon minyan: We will hold our Wednesday minyan at 6:00pm via Zoom. Contact us at least one day ahead of time for the Zoom link to join the services.
  • There are a number of daily minyanim to join virtually around the country which you can find here. As well, MyJewishLearning.com is offering as a way for mourners to say Kaddish, the prayer for those who are grieving, in a group of people. Sign up for details here

Resources for Spiritual Strength
Here are some of the many resources available to sustain you during this difficult time:

First, in our efforts to keep things as “normal” as possible, please notice below that Laurie Fisher has created opportunities for Scholars of the Scroll to meet. EVERYONE is welcomed, whether you have been there before or not. The same will hold true for Book Club. Even if you have not read the book, please consider having a cup of coffee with us on Tuesday at 2:30 pm. In the coming weeks, we will be offering opportunities for both individual and communal Torah study. 

Below you will find a section of the weekly email entitled Well-Being Resources. In addition, you might consider these two resources:

  • A new facebook group called jewishLIVE has been created that offers wonderful streaming and online Jewish events, music, and services.
  • Here’s a new counting ritual, based on the idea of counting the omer, that has been created to infuse meaning into counting the days until we can meet again in person.

Emotional Support

  • I am available for spiritual care via Zoom. Please email me if you’d like to set up a time. Even if you just are looking for someone to have a cup of coffee with, I would be delighted to “see” you.

Please enjoy this beautiful music video on this week’s parasha from Bim Bam. As well, here are a few more prayers to use as resources.


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