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Rabbi Colin

Dear B'nai Torah,
I am writing to express my sincere hope that everybody is doing as well as can be expected during these difficult times, and certainly I hope that everybody in your immediate and extended family are feeling well. I hope you have been receiving the messages sent out by B'nai Torah and that they have provided some comfort and help as we navigate the 'new normal' of our lives. The Presidents, the Board and I have been continually meeting and planning for the best ways that we can help and serve you. If you have any ideas, please do not hesitate in forwarding them to us. I would like to particularly thank our Presidents, Amanda Wendt, Beverly Fein and Fred Knopf, who have been working tirelessly, while attending to their own work situations, in order to look after our congregation.
As of tonight, we will be live streaming one Shabbat service a week. Tonight will be the erev Shabbat service, beginning at 7:30 p.m. and next Shabbat will be the Shabbat morning service. (Details will be sent next week) I will conduct the service as though there were a congregation. If you do not own a siddur, please let me know, so that we can figure something out for the future for you. Also, I would welcome anyone who would like to lead the service (or parts of it) with me, to let me know, and we will make a schedule to ensure there are not more than 3 of us on the bimah. My offer is open especially to 7th graders preparing for B'nei Mitzvah and all 8th through 12th graders and, of course, any adults who are interested in leading a live streamed service. And thank you Fred, for being our cameraman!
One of our ideas is to collect a list of people who would be willing to purchase items at the supermarket for anyone who is unable or unwilling to do the shopping themselves. Please let me know if you are willing to do this. Also, if there is any member who is alone or and could benefit from a phone call, please let me know. Please remember that we need to practice ' physical' distancing not 'social' distancing...Indeed we must not practice social distancing - because we need each other more than ever. My expectation is that we will become stronger after this is over, because together we have turned a crisis into an opportunity. Let us look ahead together to a time of wholeness asking, 'What can we do to make things better for someone else and our world.'
I would like to end, by sharing with you the Hashkivenu prayer from the evening service, which I do at the suggestion of Dr. Beverly Fein:
Help us, O G-d, to lie down in peace;
And awaken us to life on the morrow.
May we always be guided by Your good counsel,
And thus find shelter in Your tabernacle of peace.
Shield us, we pray, against our foes,
Against disease, destruction, and sorrow.
Strengthen us against the forces of evil
Which abound on every side.
May we always sense your loving care;
For You are our merciful G-d and Sovereign.
Guard us always and everywhere;
Bless us with life and peace.
Praise to You, O G-d of peace,
Whose love is always with us,
Who shelters Your people Israel,
And protects Jerusalem in love.
Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Colin
Erev Shabbat Service
Friday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m.
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Sat, April 10 2021 28 Nisan 5781