Dear Members and Friends of Congregation B’nai Israel:
Due to the high Covid numbers as reported last Saturday by our Security Committee Co-Chairs, and the recommendation by the Security Committee to suspend in-person worship, the Temple Board has voted to suspend in-person worship until further notice. Your Board will continue to receive regular weekly COVID reports from the Security Committee and will reopen the Temple for in-person worship as soon as the Board determines the COVID situation permits.
The Temple will continue to provide services virtually on Zoom and also on Facebook. Our Shabbat Service, scheduled for this Friday, September 24, 2021 at 5:30 PM will only be virtual on Zoom and on Facebook.
The Temple’s Security Committee will be monitoring Covid numbers in our community and in our state. Those reports be shared with our congregation on a regular basis.
Our utmost concern is to keep our congregants and our staff safe and healthy. Any questions or concerns, please contact me.
Rabbi’s Notes for September
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