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Dear friends,

Like so many others, TBE and our friends at 400 Deering Ave are officially closing our doors until it is safe to re-open. Although this tragic situation requires our physical bodies to remain separate, this is the very moment that our mission calls us to find new ways to connect with one another in spirit. 

Yesterday evening Rabbi Braun, Kate Shalvoy, and our Board of Directors met to discuss how we will continue to be a source of community, comfort, and spiritual growth during this intense period of disruption and anxiety. Here is our plan:

How to reach us

Staff are working from home, available by email, and will be remotely checking voicemail once a day. This means that you can still call us at 207-774-2649, leave a message, and receive a call back in a timely manner. Or, if you have an urgent synagogue related matter, we will still be answering our emergency line at 207-318-6394. Staff email addresses are:
Rabbi Braun: rabbi@tbemaine.org
Kate Shalvoy, Executive Director: director@tbemaine.org
Sherri Quint, Controller: controller@tbemaine.org
Jill Epstein, Administrator: office@tbemaine.org
Abby Halpern, Religious School Director: education@tbemaine.org  

How we plan to reach you

Phone: Rabbi Braun has already begun outreach by phone, and our Board will be calling every member of the congregation to see how you’re faring and if you know of anyone who is having a particularly hard time right now.

Email: At minimum we will continue a weekly email communication and are working now on how to reconfigure that to fit in this new context.

Facebook: Our public Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/templebethelmaine/ ) will certainly pick up in activity and we encourage you to follow us there if you are not already. We also have a TBE Members Facebook group ( https://www.facebook.com/groups/1459029177524153/ ) and invite you to join if you haven’t already!

Prayer, programs, and community service: Rabbi Braun is assembling a committee to create new ways to keep our community connected and comforted with the magic of technology, and to organize the many volunteers who have already raised their hands to provide service and support to those who need help. More on that soon, but in the meantime here is a great list of streaming service options: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/14ovrZrMIQ5FgIlvp-QUPU5T9mw7ttJQf668u25e1zCQ/edit?copiedFromTrash#gid=960275912

Membership: We want you to remember that we have open dues. Anyone whose heart calls them to join our sacred Jewish community should not hesitate to do so due to financial limitations. Write to director@tbemaine.org if you would like to join the TBE family, we would love to welcome you.

Rabbi Braun will send another email on Friday before Shabbat with words of comfort and guidance on how to navigate Jewish life during the COVID-19 crisis.

With love,

Rabbi Carolyn Braun
Temple Beth El Board of Directors
Kate Shalvoy, Executive Director