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Healing Services are scheduled for Wednesday, April 1, Sunday, April 12, and Wednesday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m. Please visit the live stream link https://www.blacklabimaging.net/mahwah/ at those times. Do you have a request for something you’d like to see in our healing service – a prayer about a particular situation, perhaps? Write to either Rabbi Ilana or Cantor Perper with your question.
For all of us, the seder is going to be a little different this year. Instead of having over friends and family, instead of welcoming the stranger to our tables; we will find ourselves either much more self-contained or sharing electronically. Here are some resources, some from this year and some from years past to help you have a meaningful, memorable seder. Please, if it talks about inviting guests, set those ideas aside for this year.
For many people who are used to attending someone else’s seder, this year can be a low-pressure way to find your own Pesach voice. You can lead as long or short as you’d like, with as much levity or gravity as you’d like, with as much singing or reading as you’d like. This is your opportunity to create your own way! If it works well, perhaps you can incorporate some new ideas into next year’s shared celebration–if not, only the people around your table have to know!
Mishkan T’filah online
Congregational Statement sent to all members on Friday, March 13, 2020:
The circumstances regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to affect our local and global communities. The situation is changing from moment to moment, and we are focused on keeping BHSS safe and healthy.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, clergy, and staff, we are reaching out to you regarding decisions about our community gatherings and to share additional information that impacts our sacred community.
Our local schools have closed and are implementing alternative methods of instruction. BHSS religious school will do so as well. We will not be holding religious school classes in our building, effective immediately. As of March 22, we will move to remote instruction. Our Director of Education, Rebecca McVeigh will share information and details within the next few days.
All in-person meetings will be postponed or held virtually. Clergy, staff, and committee chairs will communicate directly with those affected to share specific plans.
With respect to religious services: Friday evening services for the foreseeable future will be solely via live stream. We welcome you to join us from home and will let you know as soon as we can convene again in person. We are in communication with each bar and bat mitzvah family with regard to their individual needs.
If you are experiencing a lifecycle or pastoral emergency, please call the synagogue office to be connected with Rabbi Ilana or Cantor Perper.
We know that BHSS is incredibly strong. In the coming weeks, we may again ask you to remain flexible and to understand that the decisions that are being made are in the best interest of our members and the BHSS community.
We pray for the healing of all affected by illness, isolation, and worry. We pray that this hiatus from normalcy will lead us to a new appreciation for all that we have and bring us closer together even as we find ourselves physically separated. Please reach out to one another, take care of each other, and know that we are here to support the entire BHSS community.
Thank you all,
Rabbi Ilana, Cantor Perper, and Judy Teich, President