Coronavirus Update – April 14, 2020

Dear Temple Tikvah Families,

As Spring blooms around us, we continue to find ourselves at the epicenter of a public health crisis. We hope that you and your families are doing well, and we encourage you to reach out to us if your Temple family can assist in any way.

We were incredibly sad to have had to take the difficult step of suspending all Temple in-person activities throughout April, and it is with a heavy heart that we believe it will be necessary to continue that suspension – at least for large gatherings like services – until the end of May as well. 

While we remain hopeful that the CDC and local government guidance will change in the coming weeks, we must plan to continue to hold Temple activities virtually throughout May. 

On Shabbat, Rabbi Sheinberg and Cantor Bonne will continue to lead services with voice, music and with full neshamah (soul). Sharon Fricano, Cheryl Stern and our religious school teachers will continue to engage our youth and families via zoom classrooms and other events as well as individually. Our dedicated committee chairs remain active, and events like Lunch & Learn are ongoing. Although the format has changed, activities like Torah Study and meditation continue to nourish the soul.

And we continue to look for creative ways to gather as a community, such as Zoom Cocktail Hours. We welcome your thoughts on other ways we can meet as a community while practicing social distancing.

And we marvel at the dedication of our committees. We want to reserve a special shout out to our Caring Community who has spearheaded the effort to call every congregant and check in with them. Thank you to the many volunteers who have helped us maintain our person-to-person link through this effort.

Please continue to watch your emails for Temple updates and how you can participate in Temple sponsored events.

Temple Tikvah is a caring and generous community. Now, more than ever, may we continue to lean on one another and seek comfort from our Temple community.

Be Safe! Be Well!

Rabbi Randy Sheinberg, rabbi@templetikvah.org (917-912-1553)
Cantor Guy Bonne, guy.bonne@gmail.com (917-548-4030)
Andrea Comerchero, andrea@templetikvah.org (917-756-6863)
Lisa Lupo, lisalupo@templetikvah.org (917-816-5382)