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. What is your synagogue doing to aid congregants through the crisis? Have you adjusted your Jewish practices, such as livestreaming evening services? 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.
Please share these stories with us and we’ll try to include your accounts in future editions of NJJN. Email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org and put “SILVER LININGS” in the subject line. You can also call and leave a message with your contact information at 973-739-8110.
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.