SUMMER TBD UPDATE
Message from Craig Cooper, Temple President
I’m sure for most of us, it’s always been a natural gesture to finish an email or a phone call with words like, “Take care” or “Be well.” Over the past several months, I’ve often found myself using the words “Stay safe” instead. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, encouraging someone to stay safe would have been an odd expression. Safe from whom? Safe from what? The sad truth is, now we know.
And perhaps “different stages of recovery” is a fitting metaphor to describe Temple Beth David today. At first glance, those words feel depressing – as if we are all recovering from the same illness or a terrible storm. But I’d like to think the remarkable work that has taken place since our March closing demonstrates the creativity, flexibility and strength of our congregational family. In true summertime spirit, our temple members, our Religious School, our wonderful clergy and our dedicated staff have become the epitome of a familiar phrase:
“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!”
And when we reopen our doors, there will be a few surprises we think you’ll love!
Which raises the question on everyone’s mind –
when will we reopen our doors?
More than any other topic, the clergy and your leaders have continued to monitor guidance from the government, and have also consulted with our counterparts in other temples and houses of worship. It goes without saying that we all wish we could predict a date when things are back to some semblance of normal. The short answer? Stay tuned.
What I can tell you with complete certainty is that our board and clergy are dedicated to making decisions about our building, activities and worship services with diligence, with concern for every member of TBD and with a commitment to the values we cherish as a Jewish community. We will continue to share information and updates with our temple family throughout the summer.
For many decades, Motel 6 has used the advertising slogan “We’ll leave the light on for you.” Right now, that expression may be the most simple, yet honest message we can share with every member of the Temple Beth David family. There is a light above every temple’s ark known as Ner Tamid, “The Eternal Light.” For more than three months now, TBD’s light has burned without a prayer being spoken or a song being sung in our sanctuary. That light burns for those who have suffered during this crisis, and for those who want nothing more than to worship again as we always have – together.
Though we may be socially distant, our TBD Family remains spiritually close.
We have planned various opportunities to connect with one another, from conversations to fun activities, for adults, families and children of all ages. It is our intention to follow a similar calendar weekly with some new activities each week and adjustments in schedules and offerings if needed.
All of these connections will be held on Zoom.
TBD Religious School Video-Yearbook 2019-2020
Temple Beth David - Words & Melodies of Healing from Rabbi Kalfter and Cantor Halpern
Talent Show -
Temple Beth David is a welcoming Reform community where families have made their Jewish home for generations. From our earliest days to the present, we have grown from a small group of families to a vibrant congregation 400 families strong. We strive to create a Jewish environment that meets the needs of all our families, offering opportunities to grow with us, to learn with us and to share in our tradition. We treasure the spirit of closeness on which Temple Beth David was founded and on which our congregation continues to thrive.
HIGH HOLIDAYS 5781
|Friday, September 18th||Erev Rosh Hashanah –|
|Saturday, September 19th||Rosh Hashanah Day –|
|9:00 AM A–K|
|12:00 Noon L–Z|
|3:00 PM Children’s Service (open to
the entire community)
|4:15 PM Tashlich|
|Sunday, September 20th||2nd Day Rosh Hashanah –|
|Friday, September 25th||Shabbat Service|
|Sunday, September 27th||Kol Nidre Service|
|Monday, September 28th||Yom Kippur Day –|
|9:00 AM L–Z|
|11:30 AM A–K|
|2:15 PM Children’s Service (open to
|2:30 PM Discussion Group|
|3:30 PM Community Memorial
Service (open to all)
|4:15 PM Memorial & Concluding
|Friday, October 2nd||Sukkot Service|
|Friday, October 9th||Yizkor Service|
|Consecration/Simchat Torah Service|