NJJN values its role as a community resource and we have always operated with the belief that all the people of Israel are responsible for one another. The coronavirus pandemic has put unfathomable restraints on our Jewish institutions, homes, and the way we socialize and interact with friends and loved ones. Adjusting to this new and evolving set of rules that affect how we work, learn, pray, celebrate, and mourn has been, to say the least, stressful and deeply upsetting.
What is happening at this moment is unprecedented, and yet the dust shows no sign of settling and the ground beneath us continues to shift.
But perhaps there are some silver linings to be uncovered during these trying times. For instance, we’re seeing synagogues step up their volunteerism and organizing chesed groups to assist members in need. Rabbis are teaching classes and hosting study sessions online and via telephone. Our children’s educators are exercising their creative muscles to impart knowledge from screens.
We’d like to know how this pandemic is affecting you, your family, and your community. Have you adjusted your Jewish practices, such as livestreaming Shabbat services? What is your synagogue doing to get through the crisis? Did your family adopt new traditions, like lighting an extra candle on Friday night or coming together to sing Lecha Dodi?
Tell us about those who have volunteered to help the elderly and other high-risk individuals, or innovative programs that organizations have launched to maintain a sense of normalcy. Do you know of restaurants or caterers who have donated food to people in quarantine, doctors who have gone above and beyond to treat others despite great personal risk, or members of the community taking it upon themselves to shop for the infirm?
Please share these stories with us and we’ll try to include your accounts in future editions of NJJN. Email submissions to email@example.com and put “SILVER LININGS” in the subject line. You can also call and leave a message with your contact information at 973-739-8110.
Dr. Joshua Schor, medical director at Daughters of Israel in West Orange, eloquently said in our March 12 edition, “We have a sacred community duty to care for those least able to care for themselves.”
NJJN shares his commitment to caring. We want to know how you’re faring and how your weekly Jewish newspaper can help.
We pray for the full and speedy recovery of those who are sickened by the virus and wish everyone chazak v’amatz, “strength and courage,” as we navigate this crisis together. We look forward to hearing from you.
The staff of NJJN