We hope as you read this message that you and your loved ones are feeling well and staying safe. We want to assure you that we are sensitive to the ongoing insecurity and distress that we are all experiencing due to the extended impact of COVID-19 on our daily lives.
As you may recall, our membership year runs from June 1st – May 31st annually. If you have already submitted your member commitment pledge for 2020-21 – thank you. If not, we would really appreciate hearing from you by May 15. You can complete the form on-line HERE or by contacting membership coordinator Karen Auerbach or our executive director Ellen Agler.
We know that some members of our community are experiencing challenging financial circumstances due to the COVID crisis. Please contact Karen or Ellen to talk about any concerns you might have either about your current financial obligations or about next year’s membership pledge. For members who are able to give more generously, please consider an extra gift to help us meet the anticipated financial challenges we face due to COVID through this crisis period. Together as a community, we will weather this storm.
Staying connected with our members is critically important during this unprecedented time. Our SinaiCares team is reaching out to members who may be feeling isolated or in need of support. Our clergy and staff are just a phone call or e-mail away for anyone who might need us. We hope you have checked out Temple Sinai on-line! Enter our online community here. Our clergy team is leading services from their homes for Shabbat and life cycle events. Attendance at these virtual services has been heart-warming and has surpassed expectations, indicating the comfort that members are deriving from their continuing connection with the Temple community. From online gatherings for those in our nursery and religious school communities, to virtual challah baking, book groups, adult learning and Torah study, there is quite a lot going on at Sinai, even if it is not in-person! We hope that you have already enjoyed some of these many and diverse offerings.
Our strength as a Jewish community can help each of us get through these days of isolation and uncertainty just a little bit better. We look forward to the day when we can all be together again at the temple. Until then, we wish you good health and peace.