Dear Bet Torah Community,

Our building will remain closed until further notice. In keeping, our Nursery School, Kulanu Learning Program, and Teen Learning Community (TLC) will continue their Remote Learning initiatives until further notice, as well.
 
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Many congregants have told us they are healthy and happy to help us assist members who are in need. Thank You! We need your help! Please see below for ways you can help within and outside the Bet Torah community.
 
  •          Shabbat Meal Deliveries
Last Friday, 30 delicious Shabbat meals cooked by Rene Leon were delivered to 14 homes by 14 volunteers. Three of our wonderful Bet Torah families paid for the dinners, and a group of our amazing lay leaders, with assistance from our incredible professional staff, organized the effort.  Please help us continue this effort , especially as the needs of our community are expected to grow.  If you are in need or know someone in need, please contact the caring committee.  If you can help deliver Shabbat meals on Friday afternoons, please contact us here Please note, we have established strict safety and health conscious protocols to keep all of us – donors and recipients – safe.
 
  •         Congregant Phone Calls
As a community, we are working hard to keep in touch with every Bet Torah member. Our Board members are reaching out to every household, and more volunteers are following up with additional phone calls and care as appropriate. Please let us know If you can help us keep in touch with our members. Please contact Elaine Merker ( eemerker@aol.com ) or Marlene Frank ( marlene.frank1@gmail.com ) if you can help us make phone calls, especially to some of our members who are isolated and feeling very alone right now. Please note, we have created scripts to help anyone who is concerned about not knowing what to say to those individuals they call. We will help you help others!
 
  •         Urgent: Blood Donations Needed
The New York Blood Center reports a reduction of nearly 18,000 anticipated blood donations as a result of cancellations due to COVID-19. Please consider donating blood today. To view NYBC donor center locations and hours please visit here And c lick here if you have any questions regarding COVID-19 and donating blood.

  •       Health Care Worker Appreciation
While most of us have hunkered down at home to minimize the chance of COVID -19 infection, some in our community and around the world have done the opposite. They work long hours as health care workers who every day do their best to help diagnose, treat and control the spread of COVID-19. Now, there is at least one easy and meaningful way we can express our appreciation for all these health care workers.  Join a growing effort across the US, with beginnings in Italy, Spain, France and Israel, to pause at 8 pm every night (local time), for a moment of appreciation.  Many are opening windows and doors to applaud and thank all those who are doing so much to help and are risking themselves to do so. Others are offering silent or communal prayers.
 
  •        Local Food Pantries/Community Partners
The Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry , located at the United Methodist Church at 300 East Main St. in Mt Kisco, and the Community Center of Northern Westchester , located at 84 Bedford Rd., in Katonah, are both in need of specific food donations during this challenging time. Please visit our Remote Community link on our Bet Torah website for specific needs or contact Michele Posner at for more information.

SISTERHOOD BOARD MEETING
Meeting ID: 211 636 001

  •         Visit our Bet Torah website to see the myriad opportunities we have for adults, teens and young children. Kulanu classes and TLC programs, Nursery School learning and playtime resources, songs and activities. Meditation and mindfulness, Torah study and Minyan. Our staff has created an exceptional array of opportunities for us to all stay connected to our faith and to our Bet Torah family.
  •        Watch for an email from Rabbi Brusso with more specific program information.
  • And watch for Thursday's "Into Shabbat" email from Rabbi Sacks that will include Shabbat plans.
  •         For those already involved in small group Torah study or other ongoing classes, please know these programs are continuing online. As with all programming, please find information on our website and confirm on our calendar .

 
B’NAI MITZVAH
  •        We recognize the uncertainty faced by our current B’nai Mitzvah families, especially those who have plans to celebrate their B’nai Mitzvot this spring. Thank you for your continued patience as we contact each family individually to discuss possible options. We are, of course, speaking with families in date order. As we navigate the possibilities together, we ask for your understanding and cooperation

  • Students will continue their individual tutoring with Nili Ionascu, Cantor Herman and Rabbi Brusso as scheduled. These private lessons will be conducted virtually. Please call Nili at 914-924-1644 if you need to reschedule or need further information regarding your child’s lessons.


URGENT SYNAGOGUE BUSINESS
  • If there is an urgent need that requires you to come to Bet Torah, please contact Seth (syoung@bettorah.org) beforehand. We are following New York State recommendations to not congregate and to maintain social distancing.


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 Please continue to stay in touch with us. We truly appreciate the support and cooperation we have received, and we also gain from suggestions for improvement. Obviously, we are all in brand-new territory, and we thank you for your patience as we do our best to maintain our mission to help all of our members live their best lives from a Jewish perspective. We wish everyone health and ease during this trying time.

Carol Siege, President ( carolsiege@gmail.com ) link
Seth Young, Executive Director ( syoung@bettorah.org ) link
 

Questions
Seth Young - syoung@bettorah.org
Carol Siege - president@bettorah.org
Rabbi Brusso - rabbibrusso@bettorah,org