Our congregations are outlined by the connections we share amongst one another, not contained, or restricted by a bodily house. All through this COVID-19 pandemic, entry to our bodily areas has remained restricted.
Throughout this time, our synagogues – Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple, B’nai Jeshurun Congregation, Congregation Shaarey Tikvah, Suburban Temple-Kol Ami, Temple Emanu El, Temple Israel Ner Tamid, Park Synagogue and The Temple-Tifereth Israel – have launched modern digital programming, worship and lifecycle moments to remain engaged socially, related to God, Torah and Israel, and invested in mitzvot and tikkun olam. And we proceed to craft new and inventive methods for our members to remain related.
Whereas our rituals and traditions have been challenged, we’re doing what the Jewish group does greatest: adapt the traditions and practices of our historic religion so they continue to be related and central as we meet this second. As is true for each establishment in Cleveland, these modifications got here fairly unexpectedly, demanding an instantaneous shift of sources. It would take your continued monetary assist to make sure that our Jewish establishments, particularly our synagogues, survive.
These previous few months, our synagogue communities have reinvented themselves, exhibiting the resiliency and power of our folks. Even with out the flexibility to assemble in-person, we’re viewing the approaching Excessive Holy Days as a chance to assist a bigger congregational household, not constrained by a bodily house.
It’s disappointing that our conventional practices will probably be disrupted this 12 months. We depend on these essential Jewish Holy Days to reset, renew and put together for the 12 months forward, and the approaching 12 months will convey extra challenges than ordinary. Synagogues and non secular establishments worldwide are fighting the consequences of coronavirus, and the impression on membership numbers. Synagogue life in America is at a crossroads and lots of of our congregations should make difficult choices based mostly on this new monetary actuality.
As native synagogue leaders, we all know how very important it’s to discover a non secular house that may be a good match. We’re not alone. Judaism is a shared expertise and id. Within the face of a worldwide well being disaster, it’s much more important to seek out non secular consolation and group. Whenever you discover your match, make the dedication to take a position your time, abilities, and sources to make sure that your congregation continues to thrive in instances of uncertainty and problem.
Your continued membership and monetary dedication will make sure that the Cleveland Jewish group will thrive. We are going to proceed to supply modern and inclusive programming digitally whereas getting ready to open our doorways and welcome everybody house when it’s protected. Financially safe synagogues will proceed to complement our lives now and for a few years to come back all through Cleveland. Your membership will each maintain our synagogues by way of the brief time period and contribute to the therapeutic of the world that will probably be demanded of us afterward. We have now work to do, a group to heal and you’re a part of it.
Rabbi Robert A. Nosanchuk, Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple
Rabbi Stephen Weiss, B’nai Jeshurun Congregation
Rabbi Scott B. Roland, Congregation Shaarey Tikvah
Rabbi Allison B. Vann, Suburban Temple-Kol Ami
Rabbi Steven L. Denker, Temple Emanu El
Rabbi Matthew J. Eisenberg, Temple Israel Ner Tamid
Rabbi Joshua Hoffer Skoff, Park Synagogue
Rabbi Jonathan Cohen, The Temple-Tifereth Israel