These have been challenging times, as the COVID-19 “Coronavirus” has begun to spread in the United States. On one hand, we have been concerned about being perceived as paranoid and alarmist, but on the other, we don’t want to minimize a serious situation. Jewish tradition says, “do not separate yourself from the community,” but it also says, “choose life!”
There are many stresses we are under at the moment: fear and anxiety about what will happen to both society and to those we care about the most; concern about economic and educational impacts of the closures that are accelerating; and the knowledge that social isolation can create its own problems. To try to help our members and others feel more connected, I have recorded a basic Shabbat celebration with symbols and rituals based on the Kol Hadash Home Shabbat Celebration, and a short Shabbat message for this week (March 13). Because public event closures may last as long as a month (or more), you will be able to find future videos on the Kol Hadash YouTube Channel.
For the next few weeks, we will need to be alone, together. And we will.