January 12, 2022
Dear Members of the Temple Israel Community,
Due to the high Covid numbers as reported last Saturday by our Temple’s Security Committee Co-Chairs, the Temple Board of Trustees voted last night to suspend in-person worship until the next Temple Board Meeting, scheduled for February 8th. That gives us four weeks to monitor the high rate of infection in our community. The Temple Board will announce when we will re-open for in-person worship.
The Temple will continue to provide services virtually on Zoom and also on Facebook. Please note that our Shabbat Service, scheduled for this Friday, January 14th at 5:30 pm will only be virtual on Zoom and on Facebook.
Our utmost concern is to keep our congregants and our staff safe and healthy during these challenging times. Any questions or concerns, please contact me (email@example.com) or our Vice President, Gayle Twigger-Shaw (firstname.lastname@example.org).
MLK Day is Jan. 17
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The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (1963)
Photo by Warren K. Leffler – This image is available from the United States Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID ppmsca.03130
Ongoing regular events: Zoom Check-ins on Monday mornings; Torah Classes on Tuesday mornings; Talmud Classes on Thursday mornings; A Bissell Torah on Thursday afternoons; Temple Israel Shabbat services every Friday evening. Please check the Events schedule for dates and times.
Rabbi Joe Blair
Siddurim (prayer books) for Shabbat/Weekdays/Festivals services
We will continue to provide Zoom access and Facebook Livestreaming of the services, as we have been, so that you can still participate and view the services without coming into the building.
If you would like to pick up a Shabbat/Weekdays/Festivals prayer book – Mishkan T’filah – simply call or email me (the rabbi) and we can arrange for you to pick up the book at a convenient time. Call my cell phone 304-989-4014 or email me RabbiJoeB@gmail.com to let me know you would like to borrow a prayer book.
Prayer books available for free online
The CCAR (Central Conference of American Rabbis) provides online access to prayer books. Click here to navigate to the CCAR website to access the flipbook version of Mishkan T’filah for Shabbat, Weekdays, and Festivals.
– Rabbi Joe Blair