COVID Policy Update:
Dear Mishkan Ha’am,
We are writing to update you about our new COVID-19 policy, which was discussed and voted on at November’s Steering Committee meeting. Over the last 18 months, we have met either on zoom or outdoors to ensure the safety of our community. The landscape is evolving, with lower case numbers and increasing evidence of the vaccine’s efficacy. As much of society has returned to indoor activities, Mishkan Ha’am community members have expressed an eagerness to continue gathering in-person, and an openness to meeting indoors. We recognize that this may not be possible for all due to different circumstances, and we will plan to keep a zoom option available for our programs going forward. We are exploring ways to improve the hybrid experience.
In the Steering Committee’s discussion, we continued to return to the importance of prioritizing safety. With this in mind, these are the guidelines that were approved by the committee until further notice.
– Masks will be required for all over the age of 2.
– Food/drink will not be served.
– Vaccinations will be required for all 12+.
– We will meet in spaces that are well-ventilated and allow for more spaciousness.
– These guidelines are subject to reconsideration at our monthly Steering Committee Meetings as conditions change.
The vote on these guidelines at the Steering Committee meeting reflected consensus about this new policy. While we recognize that there is no one policy that everyone would agree with, we feel this the best way to move forward at this time while holding the values of community and safety. We welcome you to be in touch with us as we continue to navigate these challenging times together. We look forward to seeing you with us in person or on zoom.
Jonathan Moskin, President
Rosa Smith, Vice President
Solomon Hoffman, Rabbinic Leader
Multi-Generational Chanukah Party and Shabbat Service
December 3rd, 6:30pm-7:30pm plus 7:30pm-8pm for adults
In person at First Reformed Church (downstairs space) with zoom option
Sign up required, please sign up here.
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Meeting ID: 899 0796 0071
Chanukah Shabbat at MH this year will be an in-person and online treat for the senses, with two opportunities for Tikkun Olam participation! We’ll begin with a Chanukah market with our She’arimers selling fair trade Chanukah gelt, hot chocolate and handmade candles. Then we’ll celebrate Shabbat and Chanukah with singing, candle lighting and games! Be prepared for dreidl and laughter! Feel free to bring your own menorah in person or virtually so we can create an array of light together. At 7:30, we’ll say goodbye to our She’arimers, and Solomon will share a short teaching for any adults who want to stay. We will also be collecting new men’s coats for the Westchester group Neighbors’ Link, which supports immigrants in the comunity. Join us in spreading the light and warmth of this holiday to those in need.
Jewish Texts on Bikkur Cholim (visiting the sick) and Their Contemporary Implications
December 5th, 11:00am-12:30pm
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Meeting ID: 873 4083 8553
At our October adult ed session, we studied Jewish texts that include narratives of illness and healing, exploring the wisdom and relevance they have to our own experiences. We will continue this intriguing conversation by focusing on texts that discuss visiting the sick, or the mitzvah of bikkur cholim. What kind of transformation might take place through visiting? What is the experience of the visitor and the visited? We’ll explore different stories from Jewish tradition and consider how they might guide us today. Participants will be invited to share from their own experience, and Solomon will incorporate contemporary perspectives from his work as a chaplain. We’ll discuss how these texts might inspire actions beyond visiting the sick, and think creatively about how we can support those who are in a vulnerable place.
Steering Committee Meeting
December 7th, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Meeting ID: 893 2992 0797