Special Message: TBE 100% Online for Now

Due to record covid infection rates in the New York area, all services and programs will be online for now. Please read this special message from Rabbi David.

Dear TBE Friend – I hope this message finds you well.  With New York-area covid infections resurging to record rates, I’m writing with a special message for this moment.

Thankfully, vaccination rates are high in our area, and the current situation isn’t like the darkest weeks of 2020. Even so, many houses of worship of all faiths are shifting to digital-only for the sake of maximum safety. TBE’s Board has decided to do likewise.

TBE is all-digital for now – Services and programs, including our joint Tu b’Shevat / MLK Day celebration on January 16, will be 100% online. We’ll closely monitor the latest public health developments and hope to re-open onsite very soon, perhaps as early as January 28. Stay tuned.

To request support – Please email [email protected]com – or contact me privately at davidevanmarkus (at) gmail (dot) com, or by phone at 914.552.9219 – for help with anything that this covid era makes harder. It could be a physical need (e.g. picking up prescriptions), a financial matter, or an emotional or spiritual matter. It’s what we do with and for each other in a spiritual community.

To offer support – Please let the shul know if you’re able to offer others your time, skills or resources in this season. That, too, is what we do in a spiritual community.

On vaccinations – A small minority of our community remains unvaccinated. I respect personal liberty, and it’s not my purpose to engage in political debate. That said, I hope everyone will get vaccinated and boosted ASAP, unless there’s a contrary medical reason in an individual case. The science is clear: vaccinations have been successful in preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death. Pikuach nefesh (preserving life and health) is a top Jewish value and my #1 spiritual commitment: I hope it’s yours, too.

Join us on New Year’s Eve – I’ll be leading Kabbalat Shabbat online 7:30pm this Friday, New Year’s Eve. Wear something celebratory and let’s bring in blessings for 2022.

From my heart to yours, I send heartfelt blessings of health and every goodness. B’shalom,

– Rabbi David

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