To learn more about WV Interfaith Refugee Ministry (WVIRM), visit their Facebook page here.
Read the brochure about WVIRM-Charleston’s 2nd Annual Welcoming Week Sept. 10-19 in Charleston by clicking on the graphic above.
Welcoming Week events included the webinar “Understanding the High Holidays,” featuring Rabbi Joe Blair and Rabbi Victor Urecki of B’nai Jacob Synagogue, recorded Sept. 19th. The webinar was sponsored in part by the WV Council of Churches and the WVIRM. You can view the recording of the event on Facebook by clicking here.
The Charleston Ecumenical and Interfaith Coalition (CEIC) produced a series of videos by various clergy members in remembrance for 9/11. You can view it by clicking here.
Please be generous – needs continue to run especially high in light of the Corona Virus Pandemic effects. Note the many Tzedakah opportunities that we have supported over the years: Manna Meal, Covenant House, Sojourner’s Shelter/YWCA, RCCR, Mazon, AJWS, HIAS, and all the other worthy causes in our community and beyond. Please also remember current needs of many due to natural disasters, such as the ones that recently struck Haiti.
– Rabbi Blair
Rabbi Joe Blair. You can read Rabbi Blair’s bio here.
Contact Rabbi Blair if you would like to participate in Charleston Death Cafe Zoom sessions. Click here for recent updates.
Read about the local café (past programs) here. To visit the international site, click here.
Scheduling: What Works for You?
Contact Rabbi Blair
I plan to return to our calendar, in the weeks and months to come, several events that we have had in past, but before I schedule them, I want to ask for your input on day and time. In short:
A Bissell Torah – a short conversation jumping off from some topic that is related to Torah (at least vaguely) was held weekly on Thursdays at 3 PM. I have heard from several people that this time was not good for them. When would be best? Should this be weekly, or less frequent?
Charleston Death Cafes are back on the schedule. Please read the recent updates by clicking here.
Havdalah was something a few folks asked about. It would be on Saturday evenings (it could be at a set time, or vary with the time of sunset). How often would you want this to be offered, and when?
Jewish Literature – a discussion of short readings that were Jewish from Yiddish, Hebrew, or English writers – was held on Sundays at 2 PM twice a month. Again, this was not ideal for everyone; what would be better?
Two Charleston Rabbis programs were roughly monthly on Wednesdays or Thursdays at about 6 PM. Is there a better time or day (of course, it has to take into account other events and Rabbi Urecki’s schedule)?
Temple Israel Zoom Check Ins were held on Mondays at 10 AM weekly. Is this still useful and something people want, and is there a better day or time for this?
Sporadic classes: if I offer a class, either a single session or a short series of two to four sessions, what day(s) or time(s) would be best?
I would very much appreciate hearing from you to help me schedule events to make them available to the most people possible. Please get back to me, ideally by Oct. 10. That way I can plan the calendar and incorporate the events information into the next Bulletin! Thank you.
photo courtesy the Charleston Gazette-Mail