Dear RTFH Family,
We hope this finds you well amid the physical and emotional challenges the coronavirus has created for us all. In the face of the growing health and safety issues in these unprecedented times, our values matter more than ever. Temple will continue to be a vibrant Reform Jewish community that strives to be a place of sacred encounter and a source of compassion and service to others even as the ways we encounter each other change.
Suspending On-Site Operations
Keeping the health and well-being of our entire community in mind, we are suspending on-site operations effective immediately and for the foreseeable future.
- The building will be closed.
- Staff will be working from home. We remain accessible. Email is the best way to reach us. Click here for staff contact information.
- Your Rabbi and Cantor remain available to meet your pastoral, spiritual and communal needs. Please make sure to contact us if we can be of help to you in any way.
Temple Life Goes Digital
Temple life will continue with Shabbat services, Religious School, Torah Study, meetings, and programs via digital platforms, primarily Zoom. Already we have had very successful Zoom encounters such as Friday night Shabbat services, a Religious School Teacher’s meeting, Confirmation, and Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah on Zoom. It is easy to use and allows you to connect face-to-face with others from a computer, tablet, or smartphone. Downloading the free Zoom app makes it easier. It has an option to call in via telephone as well.
On Wednesday, we will send out instructions on how to use Zoom as well as links to join upcoming Temple events such Friday night services and Torah Study. Even if these are not events you have typically attended, give them a try from the comfort of your home as a way of remaining connected to your synagogue community, your Judaism, and the greater world. Links to religious school and specific meetings and programs will be shared directly to classes and individuals via email. Links to upcoming events will also be found here on our web site.
We are continuing to work out details as we strive to make The Reform Temple of Forest Hills the best it can be in these challenging times. We ask for your patience and support.
Be Kind To Yourself and Each Other
As move into our own homes, be kind to each other and to yourselves. Wherever we may be located in the coming weeks, we look forward to creating offerings that will reaffirm your sense of belonging in the vibrant and caring Jewish home that is The Reform Temple of Forest Hills.
Rabbi Mark Kaiserman
Neil Rosenblatt, President