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Shomrei Torah Coronavirus Updates

High Holiday Plan Update

Although our building at 30 Hinchman Ave may be on temporary lockdown, Shomrei Torah remains open and continues to offer a full complement of worship, education and community activity through Zoom. As we develop our High Holiday plans, with Rosh Hashanah beginning Friday evening, September 18 on the secular calendar, we will build on our recent experience of providing warm and meaningful services. As Rabbi Mark has shown us, worship at a...Read more...

COVID-19 Together (Fri, Mar 27)

As we finish our second week with each of us in our homes, with the doors to our beloved Shomrei Torah shut, we seek ways to overcome our fears and to remain connected. In a remarkably short time we have launched ourselves into the world of virtual connections. Where we used to gather in the synagogue, we now gather in zoom chat rooms. We come together to pray, to learn and simply to check-in with one...Read more...

Streaming Seder

Please find below a letter from Rabbi Joshua Heller, chair of the CJLS rites and ritual subcommittee providing guidance for communities affected by COVID-19. Thanks to Rabbis Aaron Alexander, Pamela Barmash and Ashira Konigsburg for contributions. Please note that this is not an official responsum of the CJLS. 

In many communities, medical professionals advise or public authorities have mandated that...Read more...

Kashrut Subcommittee of the CJLS Recommendations for Passover 5780 in Light of COVID-19

Needless to say, this year’s Passover will offer new and particularly complicated challenges to the many observances associated with holiday. In this update, we will offer some guidance for those affected by COVID-19.

Though we are all experiencing the impact of COVID-19, different geographic areas differ in particular challenges, and often at different times. Our yearly Passover guide expresses the...Read more...

COVID-19 Update (Wed, Mar 18)

It saddens me to say it, but with the newer restrictions down to gatherings of ten or less, coupled with the recommendation that as much as possible people stay home, we have closed the building entirely.  We
will not be having even Shabbat services until the government tells us things have improved. 
 
While we can’t gather in person, we can still connect with one another. I’ve had people ask how they can help...Read more...

Shomrei Torah and COVID-19 (Sun, Mar 15)

Dear Shomrei Torah Family:

Our Executive Board had an extending discussion about the needs of the our community and the ongoing Coronavirus situation. The health and wellbeing of our community remains our highest priority. The rabbinic concept of Pikuach Nefesh, saving a life, supersedes most other considerations in Jewish life. To that end we have made some difficult decisions.

Minyan: For the next two weeks, daily minyan is...Read more...

Coronavirus Update (Thu, Mar 12)

Over the last 24 hours, we here at Shomrei Torah have been talking with health care providers, other synagogues and Houses of Worship as we struggle with how to respond to the current health crisis.

Some synagogues have chosen to close, others are cancelling programs but continuing to offer religious services, we have elected for now to fall into the latter category. We have cancelled all upcoming events except services. We will...Read more...

Religious School (Thu, Mar 12)

Dear Hebrew School Parents - Following the lead of most NJ synagogue schools, we will be closed this coming Sunday, March 15th. At which time we will be doing teacher training on distance learning and virtual classrooms. What we will do next will in part be dependent upon what the Wayne Public Schools decide to do, but will also be a topic of discussion within our synagogue leadership.  Our hope is that even if students...Read more...

No School Sunday (Thu, Mar 12)

Dear Parents - Along with many synagogue schools in northern NJ we will NOT be having Religious school this Sunday. We like many others are looking into the possibility of moving to virtual classrooms for the short term, however, everything I've been seeing has focused on 3rd to 7th grade, so I am not sure at this time what resources will be available for Sunday school classes. Please know that we are exploring the options and will keep you...Read more...

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