We often mark what we call “Jewish Time.” Secular holidays and events happen and we are pretty well attuned to them. But Jewish events are harder to track, especially when we are the only ones on our calendar. And yet, Jewish Time, the holidays, milestones, and other happenings that are unique to us, continue on.
For nearly a year, we have been distancing and quarantining. All the while, “Jewish Time” continued. We did our best to keep up with the big dates – Passover, Shavuot, the High Holy Days. Some of the events did not receive the same attention. Our adult study and other programming have been less active and less accessible than we would have liked. But “Jewish Time” marches on, whether we observe each and every little (or large) event or not. And some events have done very well virtually. Torah study, for example, has become a weekly event and has grown exponentially!
The good news is even more than that! We are continuing with events and working to add more and more, even though for now we’re remaining distanced. In fact, our Tu B’shevat Seder, which has heretofore been an easily forgotten January event, will be live via Zoom this year. If you’ve never been to one, come and join us! More events about Purim and our other spring holidays are to follow.
The other great news is that the vaccine is rolling out. Our most treasured value is that of pikuach nefesh – the saving of lives. This vaccine is a way that we can help save lives, but it will only work if we all do our part. That means continuing to practice social distancing and mask-wearing, and all of us who are able to, getting vaccinated as soon as we are eligible. We are monitoring the rollout and if you need help understanding when or where to get yours or need help with a ride, please let us know. And we will do our part to let you know what is happening – both in and around our community – and with the availability of the vaccine.
We are here and will continue to mark “Jewish Time.” We hope that by helping bring Judaism, with its traditions and its occasions into your homes, we can all step out of the chaos of the rest of the world, at least for a little while. Wishing you rest, peace, and good things in this new year.