Covid-19 Updates & Information

We have created this page to provide ongoing information regarding our closure and activities during this Covid-19 pandemic. We hope you will use this page to stay abreast of the situation and find useful resources to maintain a “virtual community,” as well as ways to engage your family. We are dedicated to bringing Temple Emanuel to you!  One way we will be doing this is by Zoom, a video conferencing system. New to Zoom? You can download the application here or you can download it the first time you join a Zoom event.

Check back frequently to see what has been added.

Our latest communication to the congregation, April 23, 2020.

Our communication to the congregation, March 26, 2020

Our communication to the congregation March 18, 2020.

Our communication to the congregation on March 16, 2020.

Our communication to the congregation on March 13, 2020.

Our communication to the congregation on March 10, 2020.

Our communication to the congregation on March 2, 2020.

 

Temple Emanuel Closure Updates
(As of 4/23/2020)

*Please note that all links to our Events and Programs will only be made available through our weekly E-news. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please email Maureen Chapman, our Executive Director. 

WORSHIP:
  • Friday Sabbath Evening services will be made available through our live streaming service. We invite you to join our virtual community by computer, phone, or tablet. Thank you to Rabbi Goldstein, Cantor Irelander and soloist Gitit Shoval for continuing to provide prayer and song to our membership.
  • Through June 27th, our Saturday morning Minyan will be available through Zoom. If you haven’t joined us for Minyan before, this is a good opportunity to experience this more traditional format from the comfort of your home.
  • Through May 17th, our Sunday community Service, Rabbi’s “Favorite Half Hour of the Week,” will be made available through Zoom. 
EDUCATION:
While we are unable to hold classes in person, Director of Education, Betsy Kachel, has been working with teachers and administrative staff so that we can continue to support our students and families during this interruption in the daily operation of our school.  Information will be sent out via email (and the app “Remind” for Preschool only), as well as posted on Facebook. For students currently working with Cantor Irelander on B’nai Mitzvah prep, please reach out to him directly. 
  • Religious School:
    Religious School teachers will continue to offer resources for families through regular email communication. In addition, Religious school classes will be taught by Zoom sessions through May 17th. A schedule for these classes has been emailed to all families. 
  • Preschool
    Preschool classes (including music) and weekly Friday morning Shabbat celebration will continue via zoom through June 12th. Our teachers will also continue to offer resources for families through regular email communication. We hope to have an opportunity to celebrate the culmination of this school year and recognize our students who are “graduating” from our program, when the state mandate is lifted and it is safe to do so.
PASTORAL CARE:
While our facility will remain closed, our chesed – our hearts -remain open to you. Our clergy are available for support. If you have a pastoral need/emergency or death in the family, please call Rabbi Robert Goldstein at 978-470-2892 or Maureen Chapman, Executive Director, at 603-702-0300.
SCHEDULED LIFE CYCLE EVENTS:
Because our building will remain closed until the end of June, or until the state mandate is lifted, life cycle events (such as B’nai Mitzvah, baby namings or funerals) will not be held at the Temple.  Families have been contacted by Barbara Holstein, rabbi’s assistant, and their lifecycle events have been rescheduled. While we typically do not schedule B’nai mitzvah during the summer months, we have created an opportunity for those impacted families to utilize these dates. We will also offer to conduct life cycle events via Zoom if the family choses to do so.   Contact Rabbi Goldstein or Barbara Holstein if you have any questions.
PROGRAMMING & EVENTS:
All of our programming and services will continue virtually through June 29, and some events have been postponed.  Be sure to check the weekly E-news as well as our website for updates about upcoming events.  Please note: to maintain security, all links to our offerings will be sent via email and we will continue

LAY LEADERSHIP GOVERNANCE:
Annual Meeting, Executive Committee, Board of Governors and related Sub-Committee meetings will occur via phone or video conferencing through June 30th.

MAIN OFFICE AND SCHOOL OFFICES:
Administrative offices will remain operational. Some staff members will be working at the Temple on a limited basis while others will work remotely. We will check email, voicemail, and post office mail regularly.

 

Creating our “Virtual Community”

*Please note that all links to our Events and Programs will only be made available through our weekly E-news. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please email Maureen Chapman, our Executive Director. 

Friday Services will be live streamed on Andover TV – on Verizon Channel 47 and Comcast Channel 8.
They will also be televised (taped) on North Andover TV  – 22 on Comcast and 24 on Verizon.
Tuesday at 7am

Thursday at 5pm
Friday at 10am
Sunday at 12:30pm

“Virtual” Bible Study with Rabbi Goldstein will take place 10:30am on Thursdays. 

Join Cantor Irelandar for a daily song session at 7:30pm, Sunday-Thursday.

Visit our Preschool at Temple Emanuel Facebook Page for daily posts for Preschoolers.

Listen to a special Story-Time with Rabbi Goldstein for Preschoolers.

Listen Rabbi Goldstein read a story for our PreK-3 Graders.

Join Cantor Irelander for our Friday morning Preschool Shabbat at 9:00am.

Resources for Our Community

Families with Children

  • PJ Library put together a great list of things you can do with your kids! From listening to stories to practicing Hebrew words and phrases. They even have some guidance on how to talk to your kids about scary situations.
  • “Torah Study: Tips for Leading Weekly Family Discussions”: Help your members facilitate conversations about Torah with their loved ones.

Creating Shabbat Experiences

Passing Time 

Helpful Hints

  • Worried about finding the balance when working from home with kids? Jewishboston.com has an article to help you out.

Covid-19 Prevention