As this unprecedented year comes to a close, we all pray the coming year will be better. Still it is good to note that technology has enabled us to connect with one another in ways we never imagined previously.
At Bat Yam Temple of the Islands our services and classes have reached far beyond the beautiful Island on which we are privileged to live.
People from as far away as Australia, South Africa and Hawaii have participated in meaningful seminars, lectures, services and classes.
No one pretends that these opportunities are nearly so satisfying as being together in-person, but technology has opened new doors and enabled us to make lemonade out of the bunch of lemons that have fallen on us.
Personally, neither my wife Vickie nor I have travelled further than local stores since November 2019. We will continue to be very careful and urge all of you to do the same.
Hopefully the unconscionable snafus that have made the rollout of the vaccine more part of the problem than part of the solution will resolve themselves soon.
Still the prospects are that for the next few months, at least, prudence will dictate staying safe and socially distanced. Of course, that means avoiding large crowds and public events. So, let’s get together virtually.
A cordial invitation
We at Bat Yam Temple of the Islands extend a cordial invitation to all those interested to join us for our Shabbat Eve Service each Friday evening at 7:30, our Shabbat morning Study of the weekly Torah portion, each Saturday morning at 9:30 and for our exciting array of lectures and seminars each Wednesday at 11:00 AM. On Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 11 AM we shall hear from Lenny Hochschild of San Francisco on, “The Economics of Climate Change and Its Importance to Judaism.”
In addition, our “Sacred Clergy Partner,” Dr. John Danner of Sanibel Congregational UCC Church and I will present a three-session class, January 13, 20 and 27, at 9:15 AM on the “Life and Legacy of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel.”
If you would like to participate in any of our events, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and a member of our amazing Tech Team will provide you with the necessary links. We would love to have you.
With best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year!
Rabbi Stephen Fuchs