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Cantor’s Corner2019-03-31T11:36:59-04:00

A Cantor in the Time of Corona = Community

It’s surreal that the last time we were physically together in our beautiful sanctuary was to read the megillah on Purim. Handwashing and social distancing were novel. There was space between congregants and hamantaschen were handed out by gloved volunteers. Who knew that this would be considered somewhat NoRmAl?

Since then, the challenge has been to maintain and build community when we cannot physically be together, working from home, and often competing for WIFI with our kids while ‘in school’. TEPV quickly initiated Zoom services each evening. The numerous people who ‘join’ have made new friends and found comfort in praying together and supporting our congregants who have lost loved ones during this trying time.

Bar Mitzvah lessons have moved on-line as have their ceremonies. Challenges abound, yet we are figuring out how to celebrate this mitzvah with the love and personalization TEPV is known for. Our B’nai Mitzvah are now part of an elite corona club, with stories of Cantor whispering to them over the internet, a picture of our ark or a Mazal Tov as a Zoom background (see above), and candies being thrown at computer screens. Yet the love and support of family, friends and community – yes OUR community – is palpable. Early on in this journey, I went a Shabbat walk, seeing so many neighbors and congregants, one of whom let me know that it was so wonderful that so many of our congregants were relishing in the beauty and rest of Shabbat.

To everything there is a season: A time to learn, a time to pray, a time to sing, a time to schmooze, a time to Zoom, a time to support each other, a time to commemorate, a time to celebrate. All enabling a time to build an even stronger community than TEPV was before. Please join for a class, any evening minyan at 7:30 PM, Friday evening Kabbalat Shabbat at 6:00 PM, Havdalah on Saturday evening, to celebrate a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Shavuot. It’s YOUR community – take an active role in it.

B’shalom,
Cantor Sokoloff

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