We are committed to serving the Jewish Communities of Wilmington
and the surrounding areas and providing for the study of Torah, education,
Tikkun Olam, and a sense of community, egalitarianism and spiritual growth
all in accordance with the principles, values and traditions of Conservative Judaism.
Friday, April 10, 2020
~ 16 Nisan 5780
Candle Lighting ~ 7:22 pm
All Services are cancelled until further notice.
Sedrah for April 11, 2020: 1st Intermediate Day of Pesach
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From our President:
As we sit down this evening to welcome Pesach and read the story of our people's journey from slavery to freedom, it will indeed be a night different from all other nights. Most of us will sit down to a table absent the family and friends usually joining us. Along with most of the country we are "sheltering in place" due to the Corona virus pandemic. Over the last several weeks, as our activities have been progressively restricted, we have experienced just a taste of the loss of freedom that our ancestors endured. But, our people were enslaved for 400 years. They were subjected to backbreaking work and cruel treatment at the hands of the Egyptians. We, on the other hand, are facing real but temporary challenges - even if a week sometime feels as long as a month. We may not be able to visit an elderly parent. We may have been furloughed from work. The uncertainty of how long this will go on is the most difficult aspect for many. At this time of great uncertainty, some are rediscovering the joys of simpler things: a walk in our neighborhood, talking to neighbors (albeit at a distance), playing a board game or reading that book we've always meant to. This type of self care is an important part of staying healthy. Thankfully, modern technology allows us to be in contact with our friends and family by phone and online, even for a Seder.
No one has to be alone on this very different night. To that end, we are offering both a 1st and 2nd seder via Zoom, beginning at 6:00 pm tonight and tomorrow. Many thanks to Alan Gerberg for hosting this evening and to Rabbi Waxman for leading us tomorrow. Have your Haggadah with you at the table. Some of the readings might be different but the story is always the same. Dayenu. It will be enough!
From our house to yours, Richard and I wish you a safe, happy and blessed holiday. Chag Pesach Sameach!
FACE MASKS AVAILABLE
The CDC has recommended wearing face masks when going out of your house, in particular when grocery shopping or where other people are present. Everyone should be staying at home as much as possible, but there are times when you need to go out. Pam Sender and Michelle are sewing face masks and offering them to congregants at no charge. We will try our best to supply everyone who requests one. Please contact Michelle if you would like one or if you would like to deliver some. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Text/Cell: 706-832-3048
Online services at synagogues around our country - CLICK HERE
Prayer in Place of Mourner's Kaddish
When a Minyan Cannot Gather (to be used in exigent circumstances only)
Ribbono shel olam,
elohei ha-ruh|.|ot l'khol basar -
Master of the world, God of the spirit of all flesh, it is revealed and known
before You that it is my fervent desire to praise Your name, and to remember and honor my beloved:
[the name and relation of the person may be inserted]
by reciting the Mourner's Kaddish in the company of a minyan. Though
circumstances prevent me from doing so, may my yearning and prayers find favor in Your eyes, and be accepted and received before You as if I had prayed that Kaddish.
May you grant hope and healing to all who suffer, and may we soon be
able to once again safely gather in holiness and joy.
May Your name, Adonai, be elevated and sanctified everywhere on earth
and may peace reign everywhere.
הּוא יַ עֲ ׂשֶ ה ׁשָ לֹום עָ לֵ ֽינּו
ו עַ ל ּכׇ ל־יִ ׂש ְ רָ אֵ ל ]ו עַ ל ּכׇ ל־
Oseh shalom bimromav
hu ya·aseh shalom aleinu
v'al kol yisrael [v'al kol
yosh'vei teiveil], v'imru amen.
Unveiling for Joseph Reitblatt
has been postponed until further notice.
2020 Circle of Honor
Beneficiary: Carol & Scott Johnston
Debbie & Jerry Smith
Barbara & Stanley Prushik
Martha & Steve Stein
Michelle Bannon & Rich Weisman
Sharon & Stephen Mechum
Dee & Murray Sherman
Leigh & Walter Winter
Roberta & Harold Eichenholz
For more information or to sign up for the Circle of Honor