I am writing you this letter on June 8th for publication in the July/August Scroll. In deciding what I should say, I have been thinking about what has happened in the world, our country, and in the life of our Temple since we closed our campus on March 16th. Change is unsettling and sometimes painful, and the last three months have been filled with changes in all of our lives.
I am proud of how our congregation has adapted to meet the challenges we have faced. We have moved our services, meetings, and study groups to a virtual environment. We have even started Zoom bingo. In doing all of this, we have been able to keep some of the personal interactions that make our congregation special. This month the Temple board will be meeting and making decisions about how we can begin opening our campus to those who want to attend in person. We also want to continue to provide an online presence for those who are not yet ready to come back to our campus. These are difficult times and there are no “right” answers to the problems that we will face. As we go forward, the Board needs your input in a positive and helpful way to let us know how we are doing, and what we can do better. I am sure we will make mistakes along the way, but I am also confident that we will learn from our mistakes.
In unsettling times, it is helpful and comforting to have something you can rely on in your everyday life. With your help, Temple Beth Shalom will continue to be one of those things that help our congregation navigate through these uncertain times.
Paul B. Kanarek,