During this challenging time, we will be frequently providing updates and information for our community here. For the most updated information from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention regarding COVID-19, please click here.
Upcoming events and opportunities to connect with Ohavi Zedek during the week of May 25, click on the title to be connected to the Zoom:
If these connections are meaningful to you, please help ensure that they can continue. Your support during this time is critical to our ability to be here for the Jewish community and all who rely on us. Please consider a donation today.
Monday, May 25
Tuesday, May 26
Wednesday, May 27
Thursday, May 28
Friday, May 29
Saturday, May 30
Sunday, May 31
Monday, June 1
As with so many of our programs this is free of charge, but you can help keep all of our voices strong through these difficult times with a gift here.
Update on OZ operations at this time:
Closure of the office: Our office and building will be closed beginning Wednesday, March 18. Please email staff with any questions or concerns rather than call. We will not be able to check our voicemail.
Closure of the Shalom Shuk: The Shalom Shuk will be closed beginning Wednesday, March 18 and no donations will be accepted during this time.
Minyan: As we indicated in our prior email we will continue to provide minyan upon request for those needing to say kaddish, or needing to pray. However, these services will now be provided via virtual community, using Zoom video conferencing. Should any of our members suffer a loss, our clergy will consult on a case-by-case basis regarding shiva minyanim. You will need the Zoom link to participate, which will be available above for the week or on our website calendar.
Currently, based on individual requests, we are scheduling minyan for this coming Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Additional opportunities to pray or say kaddish are at Kabbalat Shabbat or Shabbat morning.
Siddur pages can be accessed online here.
Rabbi and Community Sharing: Members are invited to log into Zoom on each weekday at noon to talk with Rabbi Amy and each other. This will be an informal time for check-in and sharing.
Pesach/Passover: We are cancelling our community Pesach seder. We are working on a virtual format for our members to view a seder conducted by our clergy. We will write again closer to Pesach concerning these arrangements.
Torah Study: Torah study will happen via Zoom on Shabbat at noon. The Zoom link will be available above or on our website calendar.
Full Circle Preschool: Preschool will be closed beginning on Monday, March 16 through at least April 6 (with the possibility of extension) per Governor Scott’s order to close all K-12 schools. Erika will be in touch with Full Circle families to ensure children receive options for at home activities.
Program and Event Cancellations: The following programs and events have been cancelled and were omitted from the previous list:
- Jewish Film Series – March 15, cancelled
- Library meeting, March 16, cancelled
- Lunch & Learn – March 19, cancelled
- Feen Lecture – March 22, postponed – date TBD
- Judy Chalmer Book Launch – March 26, postponed – date TBD
- Adult Education Classes – Rabbi Amy’s Israel Class moved to Zoom and will be in touch, Bob Mayer’s class, cancelled
- Torah Yoga, cancelled
- Wednesday Group, cancelled
- Community Singing Circle, cancelled
- Israeli Dance, cancelled
- Rachel Levy talk on Jewish communities Around the World, April 4, cancelled
- Community Pesach Seder
Pastoral Care and G’mach: Our Pastoral Care team, G’mach Committee and Clergy are working together on three issues:
- A system of phone calls to our members who are alone or ill
- A list of local resources for members to access grocery and prepared-food purchasing and delivery
- Prepared food for Pesach/Passover for those in need
The G’mach committee is assembling information for a subsequent message.
Singing Community: The singing community will continue to be able to share the gift of song with each other on each Sunday of the month via Zoom. The Zoom link will be added to the OZ website calendar and is available above. Cantor Steve will teach several melodies, and he will offer space for others to share music as well.
Zoom instructions: If you have not used Zoom before, please check out this video which will provide guidance. Zoom can be accessed on smartphones, computers and tablets. Each meeting/class/service will have a separate link and you will be provided with that by the meeting organizer and public meeting links will be above and available on our website calendar.
Hebrew School: Hebrew School will be cancelled this Sunday, March 15 and Wednesday, March 18. This will allow us time to train teachers on virtual meeting software, teaching strategies and options for at home work. Beginning on Sunday, March 22 teachers will hold online classes. Naomi will be in touch with parents for input and teachers to facilitate this process.
Committee Meetings: All committee meetings are held by Zoom (video conferencing) or by phone. Committee Chairs are encouraged to reach out to Sarah ([email protected]) for information on how to set this up.
Funerals/Simchas/B’nai Mitzvah: One bat mitzvah has been moved, from March 22 to August, and we are working with the family individually on this. Any baby namings will be postponed. Funerals will be at the graveside only during this period of time, and the Rabbi will speak with families in each case. We will have synagogue memorial services at a later date, for those families who wish. Shiva plans will be decided at the time, based on circumstances.