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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

03/11/2020 10:35:49 AM

Mar11

Rabbi Yannai says, "A person should never stand in a dangerous place."  - Shabbat 32a

As efforts to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 virus continue and additional recommendations are offered, we continue to assess our decisions. Based on updated recommendations, with heavy hearts, we have decided to close the building until further notice.

We are holding daily services using a platform called Zoom, so that anyone who wants to participate can. Through the Zoom platform, congregants can see and speak to each other. Here is the information to log into Zoom:

We now have two links for all of our virtual services:     

For Saturday evening services:
By computer:
https://zoom.us/j/933131679
By phone:
Please dial 929.436.2866 or 301.715.8592.
Meeting ID#: 933131679

For all other services (Sunday through Friday morning and evening services, and Shabbat services):
By computer
https://zoom.us/j/109428724
By phone:
Please dial 929.436.2866 or 301.715.8592.
Meeting ID#: 109428724

See below for announcements and updates.

Resource Links for Coronavirus:

CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Intervention)

Pennsylvania Department of Health

Montgomery County, PA

Helpful Quarantine Resources (things to do; last updated 3/30/20)

US Senator for Pennsylvania Bob Casey has links to a wide range of resources that can help you, your family, and your community navigate the challenges of this difficult time. They include easy-to-understand descriptions of provisions from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act just passed by Congress. You can find those links here.

Service Times
Friday evening: 6:15 PM
Saturday morning: 9:30 AM
Saturday evening: 4/4: 7:10 PM; 4/11: 7:20 PM; 4/18: 7:25 PM 
Sunday morning: 9:00 AM
Sunday through Thursday evenings: 7:00 PM
Monday morning: 7:20 AM
Tuesday morning: 7:30 AM
Wednesday morning: 7:30 AM 
Thursday morning: 7:20 AM*
Friday morning: 7:30 AM
*Except for 4/24: 7:00 AM, due to Rosh Hodesh Iyar

April 8, 2020

04/08/2020 12:59:58 PM

Apr8

Please join us for one of our Virtual Seders!

For the first seder, we have four families who will be hosting through Zoom and have graciously extended their seder table to the community. Feel free to do a seder crawl and pop into more than one seder. Warning: if you engage in serial seders, all cereal should be sold prior to the seder. Here are your virtual hosts:

Pamela Maman and Family
Teen boys with assorted and sundry family members; much singing.
Start time: 6:30 PM
Join meeting: https://zoom.us/j/666910980?pwd=bVlObUJPdy9JZ0F0Q0NXT0ZFYlpwdz09
Meeting ID: 666 910 980
Password: 364632

The Glantzes
Hazzan, Dayna, Rose, and Rory will be raising their voices in song and there could even be a virtual drop-in from the Holy Land.
Start time: 7:30 PM
Join meeting: https://zoom.us/j/415263455
Meeting ID: 415263455
No password needed.

Allan Freedman and Amy Rappaport
Lots of explaining and teaching.
Start time: 6:30 PM
Join meeting:  https://us04web.zoom.us/j/6583727479
Meeting ID: 6583727479
Password: 291877

The Blitsteins
Parents and pre-teens using children's haggadot; geared toward 5- to 12-year-olds
Start time: 5:30 PM
Join meeting: https://zoom.us/j/162475691?pwd=WGQ1UmM4NTdyNUxjK0tZWnE4eVJQZz09
Meeting ID: 162475691
Password: 569859

For the second seder, Rav Shai and Hazzan Glantz will be leading a children's program from 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM. Beginning at 7:00 PM, they will lead a full seder geared toward a more mature audience. The best guesstimate is that they'll break for dinner at roughly 8:20 PM and return for the seder conclusion at 9:00 PM. Unfortunately, there might not be much in the way of interaction, but they promise it will be entertaining and educational.

Join meeting: https://zoom.us/j/109428724
Meeting ID: 109428724
No password needed.

Feel free to share our links with your family and friends who might be interested!


***Please note: Rav Shai's Intro to Judaism class will not be held again until Tuesday, April 28.***

April 2, 2020

04/02/2020 12:02:39 PM

Apr2

Cancellation of our Annual Fundraiser
Keeping you and your family healthy and safe is our immediate priority. Covid-19, unfortunately, has thwarted our plans for this year's Annual Fundraiser. So, we have painstakingly decided to cancel this year's event, featuring Seth Rudetsky,* scheduled for May 17, 2020.

While we understand this is a difficult financial time for everyone, know that is also difficult for us as a non-profit organization. Our ability to continue our critical services in this time of crisis means that it is even more important that we can count on you now and in the future to support AJ. Please consider making a donation now to help us get through this critical time.

Thank you for bringing your beautiful hearts and your hopes to AJ. Thank you for making it possible to explore Judaism together in a committed congregation. Thank you for your continuing support and consideration. Soon we will be lucky to spend time with you again. But for now — be safe.

With gratitude,

Lana Dishler and Sandy Smith Nadel, Co-Chairs, AJ Annual Fundraiser
Judy Stutman Izes, AJ President

*We are excited that Seth Rudetsky has agreed to bring his show "Deconstructing Broadway" to AJ on May 2, 2021!


Changes to Virtual Services
To avoid the possibility that any of our services will be interrupted by hackers or other unwelcome interlopers ("Zoombombing"), we are making a couple of changes in how we use Zoom. There will now be a virtual waiting room and the host will welcome each guest into the meeting. You may want to call or log in a couple minutes ahead of the start time so that the host has time to welcome each quest. There will also be a co-host assigned so that any interlopers can be removed from the service quickly. 

April 1, 2020

04/01/2020 09:19:12 AM

Apr1

In our dynamic situation, we have decided to cancel the Wednesday parashat hashavua classes. Thank you for your understanding. Please, remember, that we have a listing of valuable resources at the top of this blog page.

March 31, 2020

03/31/2020 12:50:18 PM

Mar31

Updated Info Regarding Healing Services
If you would like to participate in the virtual healing service that Hazzan Glantz has scheduled on Friday mornings, from 8:15 AM to 9:00 AM, please send him an email at hglantz@gmail.com. Hazzan Glantz can also arrange a healing service at another time that is convenient to both of you. Again, contact him by email.

Here is a link to a healing video made by Hazzan Glantz.


From Rav Shai:

For some of you, the prospect of having two seders, by yourselves, might be intimidating. AJ to the rescue!

For the first seder, we have four families who will be hosting through Zoom and have graciously extended their seder table to the community. The Zoom links to their seders and starting times will be put on our website next week. Feel free to do a seder crawl and pop into more than one seder. Warning: if you engage in serial seders, all cereal should be sold prior to the seder. Here are your virtual hosts:

Pamela Maman — teen boys with assorted and sundry family members — much singing.

The Glantzes — Hazzan, Dayna, Rose, and Rory will be raising their voices in song and there could even be a virtual drop-in from the holy land.

Allan Freedman and Amy Rappaport — lots of explaining and teaching.

The Blitsteins — Parents and pre-teens using children's haggadot.

For the second seder, the Hazzan and I will be leading a children's program from 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM. Beginning at 7:00 PM, we will lead a full seder geared toward a more mature audience. Our best guesstimate is that we'll break for dinner at roughly 8:20 PM and return for the seder conclusion at 9:00 PM. Unfortunately, there might not be much in the way of interaction, but I promise it will be entertaining and educational.

Feel free to share our links with your family and friends who might be interested. Also, if you would like to participate in the second seder, please let me know.


Help a Congregant Connect to AJ and the World
Do you have an old tablet or laptop you aren't using and wouldn't mind parting with? We have some congregants who don't have any way to connect with AJ's virtual services and programs because they don't have devices. Call the AJ office at 215.635.6611 and leave a message on the voicemail so we can arrange to get it from you.


Looking for Passover information, especially useful during this time? Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia has a webpage with resources for online seders and educational webinars, information on where to get kosher for Passover food, plus fun stuff to share with your family! Click here.

March 27, 2020

03/27/2020 10:00:10 AM

Mar27

Pesah 2020 Roll of Remembrance

While we likely will not be gathering together for Passover services, we will still be creating a Pesah Roll of Remembrance to be distributed via PDF.

If you have already mailed in the form that was in the Passover mailing, please let us know by sending an email to office@adathjeshurun.info or by calling the office at 215.635.6611. We are only picking up mail at the Post Office periodically, and then waiting a couple of days before handling to make sure envelopes are virus-free.

If you haven't yet mailed in your form, you can submit the names of dearly departed loved ones and pay online, if you'd like to. The link to the form is here. You'll have the option to pay by credit card or e-Check, or to bill to your account.


Donations and Notification Cards
We want to let you know that all donations are being processed but until the AJ building is opened again, we will be delayed in sending out cards. We appreciate your continuing donations.


Some virtual Passover preparation activities:

Shmutz & Chumetz (Pesah Q & A with Rav Shai)
Rav Shai will lead two "Shmutz and Chumetz" sessions to help folks understand what the halakhic requirements are for cleaning, for food, and for the seder. Each session will begin with the same presentation and then open up for questions. The sessions will be this Sunday, March 29, at 4:00 PM and this coming Thursday (in lieu of his "Introduction to Judaism" class), April 2, at 7:45 PM. Zoom information: By computer: https://zoom.us/j/969452689. By phone: Please dial 929.436.2866 or 301.715.8592. Meeting ID#: 969452689

Seder Suggestions with Rav Shai
This coming Tuesday, March 27, at 7:45 PM (in lieu of his "Introduction to Judaism" class), Rav Shai will host "Seder Suggestions." This session is designed to help Seder leaders navigate the Haggadah with activities appropriate for different ages. Zoom information: By computer: https://zoom.us/j/969452689. By phone: Please dial 929.436.2866 or 301.715.8592. Meeting ID#: 969452689


Passover Resources
Passover is just around the corner and I know everyone is adjusting their plans. We thought perhaps these resources could help you prepare and even carry out your seders. As always, feel free to be in contact with Hazzan Glantz with any special requests. These videos and others will be added to the Audio Resources page of this site.

Seder Order Kadesh Urchatz (the first part of the seder tells the seder, the order for the evening) (video)
Kiddush (the Kiddush for Seder when it is not Shabbat or Saturday night) (video)
Nusach Traditional Chant 
Avadim Hayinu
Barukh HaMakom
Popular Tune

March 20, 2020

03/20/2020 11:21:18 AM

Mar20

Don't miss Saturday night's Virtual Coffee House. It will begin at 8:00 PM with virtual Havdalah on the Zoom platform, and go right into our program. It promises to be a great evening with AJ-related folks who have signed up from far and wide. Performances will stream live from every corner of the Philadelphia Jewish Community, Eretz Israel, and coast to coast in the USA! If you are interested in participating please email Hazzan Glantz at hglantz@gmail.com with the subject line "Coffee House." Here is the link to Saturday evening services:

Zoom information:
By computer: https://zoom.us/j/109428724
By phone:
Please dial 929.436.2866 or 301.715.8592. 
The Meeting ID# is 109428724


Roling's Bakery is now delivering to individuals in the community for no additional charge for orders of $20 and up. For any questions, please contact Yisroel Roling at israelroling@gmail.com or 215.820.0864.

Earlier this week, we sent out a flyer from Betty the Caterer offering kosher meals. Here is the latest form with deadlines for ordering for Friday, March 27 and Wednesday, April 1 pickup from MBIEE. The Passover form is here.


Below is a schedule of virtual ongoing events:

All events, except where noted, will use this Zoom link:
By computer: https://zoom.us/j/109428724
By phone: Please dial 929.436.2866 or 301.715.8592. Meeting ID#: 109428724

On Tuesdays

Hebrew Reading Practice Class with Hazzan Glantz. Maximum class size is four; first registered, first served. Hazzan will gladly add times as needed. Prerequisite: Know the letters and vowels, but want to improve and learn some of the tricks of the trade. 9:30 AM

Megillat Esther Trope Class with Hazzan Glantz. Get ready for Purim in July... or next year! 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Beginners Torah Trope Class with Hazzan Glantz. We'll start with the symbols. Prerequisite: basic Hebrew reading ability. 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

On Wednesdays

Parashat Hashavua Class with Rav Shai. Begins Wednesday, March 25, starting at noon.
Zoom information:
By computer: https://zoom.us/j/969452689
By phone: Please dial 929.436.2866 or 301.715.8592. Meeting ID#: 969452689

On Thursdays 

Learn from Alef with Hazzan Glantz. Maximum class size is four; first registered, first served. Hazzan will gladly add times as needed. Learn to read in Hebrew starting with the Alef-Bet. Prerequisite: Only the desire to be able to read the letters and vowels from the Hebrew texts. 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Talmud Class with Hazzan Glantz. Hazzan will share what he is learning in Talmud Class. No prerequisites, geared toward adults. 9:45 AM - 10:45 PM

On Fridays

Meditative Healing Service with Hazzan Glantz. Geared to adults. 8:15 AM - 9:00 AM  

Mesibat Shabbat with Hazzan Glantz. Geared toward preschool age, but likely fun for 1st and 2nd graders too.  All ages welcome. 9:30 AM

March 19, 2020

03/19/2020 04:19:21 PM

Mar19

Rav Shai will be starting an Introduction to Judaism course on Tuesday, March 24 at 7:45 PM on Zoom. This class is designed for those of you who would like a refresher of the basics in a systematic way or who might have a gap or two in your knowledge base you'd like to fill. It's also for folks who are thinking about joining the People of Israel -- and for their loved ones to see what all the fuss is about! Find out more here.

March 18, 2020

03/18/2020 04:23:48 PM

Mar18

Up for something fun? Take a break from the news and join us for AJ's first Virtual Coffee House!

Please consider signing up now to tell your funniest (cleanISH) joke; sing/perform a song; share a short story, anecdote, or reading; and do I hear a volunteer to perform a magic trick? Perhaps showcase a talent we didn't know you had! Maybe even a talent YOU didn't know you had!  

This Saturday night, the Coffee House will begin at 8:00 PM with virtual Havdalah on the Zoom platform*, and go right into our program. It's only Wednesday, and it promises to be a great evening with AJ-related folks who have signed up from far and wide. Performances will stream live from every corner of the Philadelphia Jewish Community, Eretz Israel, and coast to coast in the USA! If you are interested in participating please email me at hglantz@gmail.com with the subject line "Coffee House."

*Using the Zoom platform:
The Zoom platform provides a virtual meeting space where participants can see and hear each other. You can find information about how to use the system here

By computer: The link to the Saturday evening service and Virtual Coffee House is https://zoom.us/j/933131679.

By phone: Please dial 929.436.2866 or 301.715.8592. The Meeting ID# is 933131679.

Rav Shai will be teaching Parashat Hashavua on Wednesday afternoons at noon.. Here is the Zoom info:

UPDATED! By computer: https://zoom.us/j/969452689

UPDATED! By phone: Please dial 929.436.2866 or 301.715.8592. Meeting ID #: 969452689

March 17, 2020

03/17/2020 11:13:23 AM

Mar17

Rav Shai and Hazzan Glantz are planning lots of "virtual" activities to engage all age groups during this time of social distancing! We'll be providing links to Zoom or Facebook soon.

On Tuesday and Thursday nights, starting Tuesday, March 24 at 7:30 PM, Rav Shai will teach a 24-part Introduction to Judaism. Stay tuned for details. (For people who want the DVDs, they can be purchased here.)

On Wednesdays, Rav Shai will teach virtual parashat hashavua at noon.

Hazzan Glantz will be doing virtual weekly programs for children.

Hazzan Glantz is planning a virtual healing service. Stay tuned for details.

After the Minhah-ma'ariv service this Saturday night, Hazzan Glantz will be leading a virtual musical program with various musicians. Stay tuned for details.

Here is a note from Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia:

A special emergency fund has been set up and is operating. Our overall COVID-19 web page is here and a link to the special emergency fund is here. The monies to be collected are going to go to the most vulnerable among us — be they seniors, people experiencing food insecurity, and/or people suddenly thrown out of work. The exact distributions are still being worked on, as are lists of volunteer opportunities. Go to the site regularly for updates.

March 15, 2020

03/15/2020 07:00:18 AM

Mar15

Hazzan Glantz plans on doing a puppet show via Facebook Live on Monday at 12:30 PM and a Mesibat Shabbat service for the preschoolers on Friday morning at 9:00 AM (updated time). We will also continue to post the Zoom links for the upcoming services.

If you would like to pick up a Seder Avodah, we have a box set up outside of the religious school entrance. We ask if you borrow a book to please call the office and leave a message or email office@adathjeshurun.info.

Rav Shai will be in the building tomorrow (Monday) from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. If you need to pick up any of your belongings from your Minyan cubby, please let us know and we can make arrangements to let you into the building.

Wed, April 8 2020 14 Nisan 5780