With the Covid pandemic and restrictions on group gatherings, our kitchens have become our classrooms, our basements our yoga studios, and the dining room has become our office. Where then,…
Dear Congregants and Friends, Our parasha for this week contains the wonderful words from the Torah “Mah Tovu ohalecha Ya’akov, Mishk’notecha, Yisrael” – How good are your tents, O Jacob,…
We are pleased to be able to confirm that from this Erev Shabbat (Shabbat Beha’alotcha), we will be utilising our Bet David Sanctuary for the streaming of our services. For the time being, access to the Bet David Synagogue will be restricted to those involved in the streaming of services and this will continue until further arrangements are communicated. The supportive feedback we received on the announcement of resumption of services from Bet David was heartening. The Management of Bet David is committed to opening the Synagogue and Campus responsibly, in a “stepped” manner, taking into account applicable regulations and our assessment of the risk. This is based on information available to us, advice from hygiene experts and our Health and Safety Risk Specialist, with whom we have consulted, as well as recommendations from international and national Jewish organizations. Based on changes in information regarding risk to congregants and staff, we will adjust our approach to entry into the Sanctuary accordingly. This Erev Shabbat and Shabbat morning, Rabbi Schell will lead services from the Bimah accompanied by his husband Chayim as well as Glynnis and Doron Kanar from the choir and, possibly, Diane McColl, our appointed Compliance Officer. Where possible and appropriate, videos and audio recordings from congregants will be included, in the same way as we have done over the past weeks. These services will be broadcast via YouTube and Facebook Live. From the feedback we have received, we understand that our congregants are looking forward to returning to the Shul. By streaming from inside the Synagogue, we hope to broaden your spiritual experience of a meaningful service coming from the centre of our community. We will constantly strive to improve our technical skills and the quality of the broadcast. We also invite you to join and to take part in our other online community activities, which include Cheder classes, ITJ classes, Havdalah Meet & Greet, Shiurim on Thursdays and the Sunday Talks and Tea. Details of online activities will be published in the weekly Ad Kan and in the “Bet David Updates” WhatsApp group. Rabbi Schell and the Bet David administrative staff will continue to work from home and are available via email, phone and WhatsApp. If you need our assistance, please do not hesitate to contact them or me. We are very grateful for your continued support.