Health and Synagogue Updates
V’nishmartem me’od l’nafshoteichem – “you must surely take care of yourselves.” Jewish tradition teaches that we have a sacred responsibility to take care of ourselves and to take care of each other.
Below is the latest information and updates on Beth Shalom events and progams, amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Please check this page regularly for the most up to date information. If you have any COVID concerns or questions, contact the COVID Committee.
We are planning to gather for in-person Shabbat morning services in our sanctuary/social hall starting on Saturday morning, July 4. Shabbat services require registration. At this time, Shabbat services will start at 10:30am and include only the Torah service. We are continuing to hold daily minyanim and Kabbalat Shabbat services online. More information on services here.
Rabbi Rose will continue to send messages on Fridays offering words of Torah and updated information on preparing for Shabbat. Please check out the Rabbi’s Corner for the latest.
Information about Lifecycle events during the COVID-19 pandemic can be found here. If you have additional questions or concerns about lifecycle events at this time, please contact Heidi Piel, our Lifecycle Coordinator
Early Childhood Center
The Beth Shalom ECC will be reopening on a limited basis starting on 6/15. Please contact Leah Lemchen with questions.
The Religious School will open registration soon for the 2020/21 year. Please contact Rachel Wachtel for more information.
Please contact Melani Baker with any adult education questions. All classes are held online at this time.
Lunch and Learns. Join us for these bite-sized learning opportunities. Take a break to lunch, learn, and connect. Dates and topics.
Food for Thought
Tuesdays, 7:00pm Dinner/8:00pm Learning, June 30 – August 25
Share dinner and conversation with Robert Hovden and Ron DeChene on Zoom Tuesday evenings this summer. Each session after dinner, we will dive into one aspect of Judaism. Bring: Your own dinner, preferably including bread so that we can say Birkat Hamazon together. Dates and topics here.
Resources for Online Learning and Events
Many Jewish teachings and events available online during this time. Here is a list of resources that Beth Shalom is aware of.
Financial Concerns during the COVID-19 Pandemic
The King County Council has compiled a list of resources available for people experiencing financial difficulty because of the coronavirus: FinancialHelpCovid19-3.16.20
Free Counseling Available
Some of our CBS members who are mental health professionals are offering their services for free during this time to those who don’t have access through health insurance. Are you facing challenges with children, relationships, or isolation? Do you want to talk, or are you interested in tools to help? Contact Melani Baker with any questions or to get matched with a mental health professional for free.
Gemilut Chasadim (Acts of Lovingkindness)
One of the most important things we can do in these times is take care of others.
- Call (or text) one person each day who you think might need extra support or a friendly ear.
- Check in on your neighbors. If you do not know them, this is a great time to start!
- Email Rabbi Rose if you or someone you know needs help – obtaining medicine or food, for instance — or would like pastoral care, either over the phone or computer.