Please note that all in-person classes, events and services at the synagogue are cancelled until further notice. Read below about virtual learning and davening options while we wait for this time of uncertainty to end.
We will continue to keep you updated on our virtual programming as we develop more options. Please check our facebook for zoom links to Torah Study and Minyan.
Meeting ID: 892 3105 7612
Saturday Morning Services: To watch our live streamed services every Saturday with Rabbi Rose and Cantor Vitells in our Chapel, click here.
If you would like to download prayerbooks so you can participate in any of our services, the Rabbinical Assembly is generously providing the PDF’s of them. We ask that you please honor their requests of not distributing them, that you only print up to three copies for personal use, and that they are only used during this unique time.
Click here to go to the download page.
The books you will want to get are:
- Siddur Sim Shalom Shacharit Weekdays
- Siddur Lev Shalom Shabbat Morning
We live in an extraordinary time. We truly are having a “national conversation about race.” Often this phrase is thrown around by politicians trying to make meaning out of some anguish or another. But I think we can all agree that this time it is different. Now millions of Americans with white skin seem to have an interest in listening and learning in a sustained way to what is being said by African Americans and other people of color.
As Jews we have an obligation to listen to the voices of those who are suffering, without regard to whether our politics are left, right or center. When someone in pain cries out “my life matters!” the Jewish soul wants to understand why someone could ever think that their life did not matter.
So, in the spirit of growth and fellowship I want to invite you to learn with me. I read a book last year which opened my eyes and reminded me of history I had ignored or forgotten. It is called White Rage. I would like you to read it with me over the next couple of months. I propose that in the coming months we reflect on the book in three virtual gatherings; let us have a congregational conversation about race. At the first of these gatherings, on Sunday July 12th at 6:30pm, we will watch a lecture by the author of White Rage, Carol Anderson, historian and professor of African American Studies at Emory University. We will use the second and third gatherings as “reading group” discussions to reflect on what we have read.
2nd & 3rd Sessions:
August 2, 6:30pm Discussion #1 of White Rage | Join us on Zoom, here.
August 16, 6:30pm Discussion #2 of White Rage | Join us on Zoom, here.
You can purchase White Rage here from Powells here.
CST Staff “Best Picks” for how to keep busy during quarantine. This week Leslie Petcher shares how she’s spending part of her days: playing Mah Jongg online!
Have you been missing your weekly Mah Jongg games with friends? It may be awhile until we all feel safe to gather again to enjoy a favorite past time. I thought I would share what my friends and I are doing to fill the Mah Jongg void.
We “get together” on a Zoom call (free to sign up and anyone can do it) so we can chat away and see each other. We all registered for online Mah Jongg at: Real Mah Jongg https://realmahjongg.com.
You can choose the card you are playing with – 2017, 2018, 2019 or 2020 – and the pace at which you play. Hint: slow is still pretty fast. Once you all register, exchange player names so you can locate each other. Select your game option (looking for players or not looking for players). We are four players so we fill a table on our own. One player will Start a New Game selecting the “Not looking for players” game option.
The other 3 people will search for the player’s name who started the game and can join the group. Once all players are in, you should all see each other at the table. The getting set up and finding each other can be a bit tricky, but once you do it a time or two you will find it much easier! The game will walk you through the Charleston. And then play as usual.
It is worth noting:
1.The game play follows the National Mah Jongg League rules EXCATLY!
2. It won’t always let you call on a tile you want (not sure why). Often it’s because you are actually playing a concealed hand and forgot
3.Occasionally the game will drop you out. Just log back in, find your table and continue
4. If your screen freezes, refresh your screen. That circle shaped arrow at the top near your search bar is a refresh button, don’t afraid to use it!
5. Don’t forget to HAVE FUN!!!
6. Celebrate wins and enjoy! This won’t last forever
Updates & Concerns
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- Morning Minyan is meeting on zoom every Sunday, Monday, and Thursday.
- All Religious School and Wednesday Night School classes are cancelled. Please check back for virtual classes coming soon.
- Virtual Torah Study will be held on Zoom.
- Saturday Morning and Friday Night Shabbat Services are cancelled. We are working on ways to stream these services. Please check back for more information.
- All other programming including Passover Seder, Tot Shabbat & Torah Yoga (for March and April), Men’s Club Poker Tournament, etc. are cancelled.
- Please check with a chairperson to see if virtual meetings are happening. Otherwise all committee meetings are currently suspended.
- We have expanded our Chesed offerings and are reaching out to members through phone calls, to offer support during this uncertain time.
Check out our youtube channel for all archived virtual classes and events. And don’t forget to subscribe to get all of our content.
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