WEEKLY NEWS / March 24, 2020
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WEDNESDAY @ 7PM

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WELCOMING SHABBAT ONLINE

LIVE OR ON DEMAND THIS FRIDAY AT 6PM!



WE DO READ YAHRZEITS AND EXTEND WELL-WISHES! Please feel free to send yours in advance to rabbi@birminghamtemple.org and he'll read them.
"COME ON & ZOOM!" INTO CLASSES & MEETINGS ... HERE'S HOW!

There are MANY offerings on Zoom!

NO COMPUTER OR TABLET????
Zoom's mobile app works on most smartphones. However, you can also dial-in the old-fashioned way from ANY phone using one of these numbers and the Meeting ID by each link:

646.558.8656 / 312.626.6799 / 253.215.8782 
301.715.8592 / 346.248.7799 
ONLINE @ BT
TEMPLE-WIDE ZOOM CHECK-IN
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 7PM

Join other congregants as we check-in on each other.

ONLINE @ https://zoom.us/j/329029935
Dial-in Meeting ID: 329 029 935
RABBI FALICK'S SATURDAY CLASS
Join him for a historical look at Jewish texts throughout the ages.
ONLINE @ 10AM, SATURDAY
Dial-in Meeting ID: 759 671 597

RABBI FALICK'S "BELIEFS OF THE JEWS" CLASS
"Mordecai Kaplan and the Birth of a New Judaism,"
ONLINE @ 7PM, MONDAY
Dial-in Meeting ID: 214 102 965

RABBI FALICK'S INTRODUCTION TO TALMUD
Discover one of the greatest works of Jewish literature!
STARTS ONLINE @ 11AM, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1
Dial-in Meeting ID: 969 634 481

SPINOZA PROGRAM SONG ASSEMBLY
For children and families in our Spinoza Program.
ONLINE @ 10AM, SUNDAY
Dial-in Meeting ID: 802 610 476
SPECIAL GUEST LECTURES BY NATAN FUCHS
Watch for times, links, and topics!
PASSOVER INFO!

WHY IS THIS YEAR DIFFERENT FROM ALL OTHER YEARS?

Because even if we can't be together in person, we can still join Rabbi Falick for a Humanistic Seder on YouTube Live (and on-demand) on Thursday, April 9, at 6:30pm, the Second Night of Passover.

AND YOU DON'T EVEN NEED A HAGGADAH! You'll be able to read along with the BT Haggadah on your screen!
BT HAGGADAHS ON SALE NOW!

There's plenty of time to purchase them at our cost - $4 each - in time for Passover.

Available by mail or packed with your "Seder in a Box". $4/each + S&H.

O rder now by email:
Due to the governor's order we are currently making some changes to our pick-up catering offer for Passover "Seder-in-a-Box."

Please watch your email for a menu and prices coming very soon!
VISIT ISRAEL & THE PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES
with Rabbi Falick

FEBRUARY 7- 17, 2021
* Experience Secular Israel * Meet Palestinian & Israeli Leaders in Israel and the Palestinian Territories * Share Shabbat With Our Humanistic Jewish Movement * Enjoy All the Famous Sites *

CLICK HERE FOR A NEWLY REVISED DETAILED SAMPLE ITINERARY & PRICES

PRE-REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
Email rabbi@birminghamtemple.org for more information.
VIVACE SERIES SPRING 2020

Sadly, this year's series has been postponed. We look forward to resuming our outstanding series at the earliest opportunity.
ADVICE FOR QUARANTINE FROM A FORMER SOVIET PRISONER

Perhaps you recall the name Natan Sharansky who served for almost a decade as head of the Jewish Agency in Israel. If that name’s not ringing a bell, you might better remember him by his former name, Anatoly Sharansky, world-famous Soviet Jewish human rights activist and “refusenik.”

For the “crime” of seeking to leave the USSR, Mr. Sharansky served over nine years in the Soviet Gulag, nearly half that time in solitary confinement. Yesterday he posted a video on Facebook offering some advice on how to get through this quarantine. Given that the man has more than just a little experience with isolation, I thought I’d share his tips with you:

1. One of the things that gave him comfort was knowing that he was part of a global struggle. He advised us to remember that we, too, are part of a global battle against a dangerous and invisible enemy. We're all in this together. “Whether we will succeed in the battle,” he said, “depends upon our behavior.”

2. In prison Mr. Sharansky had no idea when, if ever, he would be released. From this he learned not to make plans for the next days or months based upon the expectation that this it would all end shortly. He reminds us that this, too, is out of our hands. Instead, he suggests, we should make plans that we can control like diving into our reading lists, learning a new language, or anything else we can do that is under our control. Personally, taking an online course in Eastern European Jewish history.

3. One of the other things that helped him survive was his sense of humor. “I remember how in prison I enjoyed telling anti-Soviet jokes to my prison guards,” he said. I know that the jokes that I receive from BT members – some by text, others on social media or email – are really helping me get through this!

4. As a lover of chess, Mr. Sharansky spent hours playing games in his head (quite a skill). Fortunately, we can pursue many of our interests on the internet. We can find sing-alongs, games, streaming entertainment, and almost anything in the world that interests us. And if the internet doesn’t appeal to you, order some games or puzzles from an online store to fill the extra time.

5. Finally, he reminds us to feel our connections. The Jewish experience teaches that connectedness does not require physical presence. The Jewish people, spread throughout the world, always managed to feel a sense of connection. Today we are experiencing it with the entire planet. We are not alone.

If you're suffering from loneliness, boredom, or frustration during this time of isolation, perhaps Mr. Sharansky’s tips can be of some help. I know they've helped me.
* REFU'AH SHLEIMAH (SPEEDY RECOVERY)
Best Wishes for a Speedy Recovery to:

Gail Gotthelf, Ceci Stone, Claire Levine, Michele Clevenger

Please inform us if you know that someone is ill or in need.
* ONGOING CLASSES & PROGRAMS
ADULT CLASSES
See above for what we're doing online!
 
SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE
  • Next meeting: Watch for news of a Zoom videoconference in weeks to come.
  • Knit/Crochet for a Cause: Contact audreypleasant@gmail.com. Suspended until further notice
  • Please help Team Qaddo assist the Qaddo Family. You can donate HERE
  • Toiletries collection continues, but Winter Wear collection is over for the season. You can keep knitting and collecting, but save items for the fall, when collection resumes. (Will resume when we re-open.)
  • If you could use help hearing during services and other events in the Meeting or Family Rooms, see Audrey for information about using the LOOP!
  • Sign up for Social Justice Committee email list for information about what's happening at BT and social justice programs all over. Send your request to audreypleasant@gmail.com.

YOGA
Connie's class is suspended until further notice.

SOCRATES CAFE
Now on Zoom! Tuesday, March 31, 10:30am
or dial-in from any phone (scroll up for numbers) with Meeting ID: 495 597 728

ONLINE VIDEOS OF PROGRAMS & CLASSES
Visit LibrarySHJ.com for videos of classes, lectures, and more!
* THIS WEEK'S CARTOON
By Marilyn Rowens
* BT COMMUNITY SHARING
HOME DELIVERY CATERING BY SALLY
248.798.0052 / sallymimura@yahoo.com
PLEASE HELP THE GRODSKY FAMILY
So many members of our community have asked if there is some way to help Jerry's family.

Supporting each other is one of the most important things a congregation does for members in need.

Please consider taking advantage of this GoFundMe campaign to show your love and support for the Grodskys.

* DETROIT COMMUNITY SHARING
SPOUSAL BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP

FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED THE DEATH OF A SPOUSE OR PARTNER

Wednesday afternoons; Call 248.355.3300 for dates

NO CHARGE / Donations appreciated

at Congregation Shaarey Tzedek, 27375 Bell Rd., Southfield

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