WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2020 – Message from Rabbi Looper
Dear treasured congregation,
Judaism places the sanctity of life above all commandments. It is for this reason that we have canceled all events, for the immediate future, at the Temple. We do not want anyone to contract Covid-19 on account of gathering at Beth Or. We are taking all precautions to protect your health. I hope you are doing this on your own, as well. We are in the midst of a lethal, global pandemic. Recent studies have shown that droplets in the air remain viable and infectious for at least three hours and on hard surfaces for at least three days. I cannot stress enough the need to self-quarantine.
We are, by the nature of our religion, communal. We are accustomed to being together to celebrate, sharing the happenings in our lives, and supporting one another in struggle and grief. These past weeks, and I am sure, many more weeks ahead, have and will be challenging. Yet we need not, alone, trudge through the danger that Covid-19 presents to us, as individuals, as members of the Jewish community, as citizens of Montgomery, and as dwellers in the world. We have phones. We have computers. We have televisions. And yes, at least Lew Nyman has a ham radio (Is that kosher?). We can, indeed we must, stay in contact with one another.
We must also remain informed of current city, state, and federal direction. Our city’s website, on which updates and care recommendations are being posted, is mgmready.com. Testing for the Covid-19 is currently being done at the Baptist Health Testing Center. It is located at 2936 Marti Lane. Appointments are required, and can be made by calling 334-747-0150. HandsOn River Region is currently spearheading the communal response to those who are most economically vulnerable. For aid, or offering of assistance, contact handsonriverregion.org. Finally, to reach the Department of Public Health, call 1-888-264-2256.
My allergies inform me that spring has arrived. The warm weather calls us outside. While we may choose to sit outside on our decks or patios, at a minimum we might open our windows to the warm, fragrant air. Fresh air is definitely a poultice to the soul.
I miss being with you. I enjoy the richness of our interchanges, the humor shared, and the joy of our simple coming together. It is, indeed, difficult enduring the necessary distance. I look forward to seeing all of you in the future, celebrating as a community. For now, we will find ways to maintain our connections.
Welcome to Temple Beth Or, a historic Reform Jewish congregation in Montgomery, Alabama. We offer many and diverse paths to participate in our temple community. For some, the path is through worship, for others, opportunities to pursue social action and join in social gatherings. Education, both youth and adult, is important to many, and a sense of belonging to a community is often central. Whatever your reason or reasons, please come and visit.
All are welcome at our Shabbat service every Friday evening, usually held between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Please check our Calendar for specific timing and other events you may find of interest.