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 (March 18, 2020).

Our communication to the congregation on March 26, 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 3/27/2020)

WORSHIP:
  • 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.
EDUCATION:
Our Director of Education, Betsy Kachel, will continue to coordinate with teachers and administrative staff on how to best support our students and families during this interruption in the daily operations of our schools. School will remain closed for operations through Sunday, May 3rd. 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 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. 
  • Preschool
    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.
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:
Families with lifecycle events such as B’nai Mitzvah, a baby naming or wedding, will continue to be held at Temple Emanuel at the discretion of each family with a limit of 25 people in attendance. Impacted families have been contacted by the Temple. We ask that families bring their own tallit with them to services. We will practice social distancing by sitting every other row and have seats in between individuals. Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the building.
PROGRAMMING & EVENTS:
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.
LAY LEADERSHIP GOVERNANCE:
Executive Committee, Board of Governors and related Sub-Committee meetings will occur via phone or video conferencing through April 5th.
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”

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

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