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Dear TBI Family,

With great sadness, we announce that due to the uncertainty caused by the upsurge of COVID-19 cases, we have made the heartbreaking decision to once again exclusively offer High Holy Day services online.  The Reopening Committee and the Board of Trustees met this past week and concluded there was no safe or responsible way to bring people together while this virus runs rampant through our community.  This difficult decision is in keeping with our synagogue’s commitment to pikuach nefesh, the preservation of life, and sakanat nefashot, the prohibition of creating situations which could put people in danger.   The safety and well-being of our community must come first, and so, even though it is not a result anyone desires, it is the only option available to us.  We will, however, livestream all of our High Holy Day services, allowing us to worship together from our homes.    

We know this is tremendously disappointing news.  We were all so excited and energized about the prospect of returning to our sanctuary this year.  The clergy, professional staff, and lay leadership were all preparing for in-person services, anticipating that we would be together in our sacred space. Having to pivot at this time is challenging, but please be assured that we are all hard at work in this moment of transition.  As always, the leadership of Temple B’nai Israel is committed to creating a meaningful High Holy Day experience for all our members.

Yes, this is a moment of sadness for all of us.  We all yearn to be together.  However, we remain steadfast in our commitment to the health and safety of our community. Though circumstances prevent us from gathering in the sanctuary, we affirm our dedication to welcome the new year, year 5782, in the spirit of hope and faith which has kept our people strong through the most challenging times.  We will speak words of prayer and blessing, of inspiration and resilience, as we look forward to better days.   Together, we will get through these trying times.  Stay safe, everyone!


Rabbi Joshua Lobel    Cantor Katie Oringel

Denise Kirschbaum, Co-President    Nina Warshofsky, Co-President

Fri, September 24 2021 18 Tishrei 5782