Dear Temple Emanuel Community,
From virtual noshes on Friday nights to a Graduating Senior Car Parade, our “Unwind and Whine with Rabbi Dean” series, and Sisterhood’s creative Jeopardy game, things continue to happen at Temple Emanuel.
Our staff and Board of Trustees are providing B’Nei Mitzvah tutoring remotely, meeting digitally to discuss everything from security to the High Holy Days; we’re crafting e-blasts and communicating with congregants during times of need. Religious School teachers “met” with their classes in new ways. Even if you’ve only seen us via a Zoom Brady Bunch square, we’re here and working hard for you.
In that spirit, and as this time of uncertainty continues, we’re beginning the first steps of investigating what our new normal could be. Starting in June, the Temple Emanuel Board of Trustees will establish a new COVID-19 Facility Reopening Committee (comprised of 4 different teams made of temple members), aimed at the goal of crafting the right re-opening action plan for us.
- Our Research Team will review publications, case studies, and guidelines to then report key findings. What are scientists and epidemiologists suggesting as the basis for reopening businesses, staging events, and more? What CDC updates are there to share? Which studies should impact our decisions and what do they show us? What timeline exists? What groups and behaviors require additional attention?
- Our Values Team will focus on the big picture. How should this new plan connect with Temple Emanuel’s Mission, Vision and Values? What do we hope to achieve collectively? How can we support our local Jewish community during this time of transition? How do we make choices in keeping with Jewish values?
- Our Communications Team will narrate the when, what, and how of our facility reopening plans with our members, stakeholders, and the local community so that everyone stays informed.
- Our Process Teamwill be made up of planners, strategists, logistics, and operations professionals. They will suggest several scenarios for implementation, decision-making, and action.
Further, we’ll share information and ideas with local synagogues and churches. We are not alone in this.
As we work to find innovative ways to bridge the gap until we can be together physically, please consider getting involved and volunteering to join one of these teams.
Do you have expertise in any of these areas? Do you have the time for one Zoom meeting/week for the month of June?
We’re calling on you to engage and lend a virtual hand. Email Board President Jennifer LeGrand here to express interest and share your skills and talents. We also welcome recommendations of community members you think we should hear from and engage. It’s a way to make a big difference, with a minimal time commitment.
We have a congregation filled with thinkers, activists, organizers, empaths — so many amazing individuals that can help us make the right choices to impact our future. Please be a part of our hivemind and email us today.
We appreciate you all and hope you know that our families and individuals are at the heart of every decision, program, and policy at Temple Emanuel. Your safety and health are of the utmost importance. We’re here for you, as we always have been. Please reach out if you have need.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Jennifer LeGrand, President-elect
Rabbi Dean Shapiro