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.
Temple Emanuel Closure Updates
(As of 3/27/2020)
Through May 4th, Friday Sabbath Evening services will be made available through our live streaming service Click here. It worked very well well last week and we invite you to join our virtual community by computer, phone, or tablet. Thank you to Rabbi Goldstein and Cantor Irelander for continuing to provide prayer and song to our membership.
Beginning March 27th and through May 2, our Saturday morning Minyan will be available through Zoom (April 4, April 11, April 21, April 28 and May 2). Click here. 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.
- Beginning this week and through May 3rd, our Sunday community Service, Rabbi’s Favorite Half Hour of the Week, will be made available through Zoom. Click here.
- 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 3rd. A schedule for these classes will be emailed to all families. We hope to return to our normal class schedule in our building on Monday, May 4th and conclude our year together on Sunday May 17th, unless of course we are directed otherwise by the Governor’s mandate.
Our preschool classes (including music) and weekly Shabbat celebration, will continue via zoom through May 1st. Our teachers will also continue to offer resources for families through regular email communication. We hope to join together again on Monday, May 4th and resume our regular school schedule, unless of course we are directed otherwise by the Governor’s mandate.
Programs and events scheduled through April 5th are canceled or postponed.
We have made the difficult decision to cancel our Passover Seder on April 8.
Rabbi Goldstein and Cantor Idan will be creating a virtual Haggadah so that families can follow along with them.
Creating our “Virtual Community”
Click here to view Town Hall Meeting
Click here to view our Friday Sabbath Eve Services (March 27)at 6:30pm.
Services will also be televised on Andover TV – 22 on Comcast and 24 on Verizon.
Tuesday at 7am
Thursday at 5pm
Friday at 10am
Sunday at 12:30pm
Click here to join our “Virtual” Bible Study with Rabbi Goldstein at 10:30am on Thursdays.
Click here to 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.
Click here to listen to a special Story-Time with Rabbi Goldstein for Preschoolers.
Click here to listen Rabbi Goldstein read a story for our PreK-3 Graders.
Click here to join Cantor Irelander for our Friday morning Preschool Shabbat at 9:00am.
Click here to watch Rabbi Goldstein’s Bible Study from March 19, 2020.
Click here to watch Rabbi Goldstein’s Bible Study from March 26, 2020.
Click here to join Rabbi Goldstein for Confirmation Class; confirmands only. 10:00am
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
- “How to Create a Meaningful Shabbat Experience at Home”: This piece highlights five ways to observe Shabbat from afar – and is a great opportunity to plug your congregation’s online offerings, as well.
- “21 Jewish Recipes that Use Ingredients You Have at Home”: These recipes call for main ingredients people may already have on hand, like apples, potatoes, flour, and chicken.
- “These Are the Most Binge-Worthy Jewish (and Jew-ish) Shows on Netflix”: Thanks to streaming services, there are endless shows to choose from – and many of them have Jewish themes.
- Visit ReformJudiasm.org for a list of great Podcasts to listen to with Jewish content.
- Worried about finding the balance when working from home with kids? Jewishboston.com has an article to help you out.
- Visit the CDC website for the most up-to-date information and prevention tips.
- Visit the WHO website for additional advice for the public.
- Visit the Andover Coronavirus website for important local information.