Dear B’ShERT Family,
Our thoughts are with you as you care for yourselves and your families during this difficult and uncertain period. It feels like we’re in the wilderness, wondering how long we must wait to reach the promised land of being face to face in our beloved building. During this unprecedented period, however, we’ve still managed to be active and present in your lives. Our dedicated and creative clergy, staff, supporters and congregants have ensured that B’ShERT is here for you to provide spiritual, educational, and social opportunities to benefit all of us.
While sheltering at home, many people have attended our Zoom/Facebook Live Shabbat services, Seders, Passover and Yizkor services, B’Yachad discussion sessions, Torah Study, religious school classes and numerous meetings. We’ve mourned together at virtual funerals and shiva. I am encouraged by how many of you have been attending these meaningful gatherings and hope that your needs for spiritual and community connections are being fulfilled.
I realize that many of you are facing financial difficulties and uncertainties. B’ShERT is experiencing much of the same. We are losing significant income from our Banquet Hall and Aim High early childhood rentals. We’ve had to cancel our fundraising activities, including the Journal Luncheon (which we are postponing). These are critical sources of revenue that support Temple programs, operating costs, and building repairs.
If you are able, please make a donation to B’ShERT to help sustain us during this difficult time. Please support our warm house of Jewish tradition, our open and inclusive spiritual community, as we strive to strengthen ourselves, each other, and the community as a whole — not just during this challenging period but for the brighter days ahead.
If you or someone in your circle is in need of support, feel free to contact Rabbi Hoover, or Faye Levine Guskin (firstname.lastname@example.org), a retired community social worker, who will gladly refer you to community resources.
Eric Platt, President