El na, r’fa na lahem, please God, heal them. Send Your healing to all those who are ill. We pray as well for the health care providers, first responders and essential personnel who care for the public despite risks to their own health.

We hope that you are taking all the appropriate precautions to avoid the spread of COVID-19 and are doing your best under our physical distancing restrictions. Once again, though we are separated by space, we are together in spirit.

Rabbi Judy, Cantor Katz, Mrs. Tract, Robin and Goldie are all working remotely and can be reached if needed. You can use the temple number 516-433-9888 and your call will be forwarded to Robin. At the end of this email you will find the other contact numbers you might need.

Services go on Fridays at 7:30pm with Rabbi Judy, Cantor Katz and Ed Stolarz in the sanctuary and you, in your homes, live-streaming. We picture you in the pews, and wish we were together. Here is a link to purchase our prayerbook for Kindle, so you can follow along at home: Mishkan Tfilah on Amazon 14.99. With this edition, you will also have the holiday services so you can join us for Passover as well. (Sadly, we expect that we will still be restricting attendance through April.)

We have begun using Zoom for meetings and are working on using it for classes and social check ins. More information will follow.

Perhaps this story will provide you with a bit of inspiration when we think our troubles are insurmountable:

Shake Off Your Problems

A man’s favorite donkey falls into a deep hole. He can’t pull it out no matter how hard he tries. He therefore decides to bury it alive. Soil is poured onto the donkey from above, the donkey feels the load, shakes it off and steps on it. More soil is poured. The donkey continues to shake of the dirt and step on the pile. The more the load was poured, the higher it rose. By noon, the donkey was grazing in green pastures.

After much shaking off of our problems and stepping up by learning from them, we too will see green pastures.


Rabbi Judy & Cantor Katz