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From the Rabbi2016-10-15T14:06:54-04:00

When We Cannot Be In Our Shul

The synagogue building holds a great deal of meaning and pride for so many of us. I have often spoken and written of the overwhelming importance of our acquisition and move into our building every thirty-eight years ago. I focused on the power of our holy home on the hill; our spiritual oasis, our point of connection, and our place of community.

What happens when we cannot gather in our synagogue on the hill; to be in prayer and community together?

Over the past couple of months, we have learned that our community is stronger than the building that houses it. We have seen what has been created in the building and over the years. We have witnessed and felt first hand that we can and will survive, outside of the building, when necessary.

The shul was transformed almost overnight into a virtual synagogue. Zoom services began almost instantaneously. Our schools began meeting and our children did not miss a beat. We started schmoozing and learning together; all virtually. We learned how to keep going, despite not being physically together.

Our synagogue community has remained strong and has even been strengthened during this time. Our connections to one another and to Judaism have deepened as we connect in virtual minyan experiences and other zoom opportunities. We have learned how to support one another when we cannot be physically together. It has been powerful to watch us transform to a virtual platform.

This situation has reminded us of why we are so proud of our shul on the hill. Our pride is not because of the grandeur of the building, but because of what the building allowed us to do together. It is in that building that the foundation was set for our relationships and rhythms; a foundation that made it easy to go virtual. That solid foundation has allowed us to connect to one another and to Judaism, even when we cannot be together in person, because of all of our past opportunities together over the years.

It is the solid foundation that one day will help us transition out of this virtual phase, back to being physically together, even stronger.

Rabbi Monosov

Rabbi Monosov

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