Today is March 29, 2020 /

COVID-19 Response

Recent Clergy updates:

Clergy Update about Shabbat Services (March 26)

Update on Email Statements (March 26)

Update from Jewish Family and Community Services re: Financial Assistance (March 24)

Clergy Update About Virtual Services (March 19)

Update on Shabbat Worship from Rabbi Jonathan Lubliner (March 18)


Dear Friends,

While the building itself is closed, our commitment to learning and creating community remains as strong as ever. We will remain connected through the phone, email, and internet. Here are a few things you can do right now to stay connected to your Jacksonville Jewish Center friends:

VIRTUAL DAILY SERVICES

Our clergy have created an abbreviated weekday siddur for you to use at our virtual daily services (mornings at 8 AM, evenings at 8 PM), or on your own if you can’t join us online. You may download a PDF of this siddur here. This includes an explanation of changes to the liturgy when praying without a minyan.

At our online morning and evening services, we will read the list of that day’s yahrzeits. Because our clergy will conduct services remotely via livestream, we can only recite those prayers that don’t require a minyan. We have included in our PDF Siddur a “Prayer in Place of the Mourner’s Kaddish when One cannot Pray with a Minyan.” We will also offer a daily Mishabeyrakh prayer for those who are ill. If you would like to add names in Hebrew or English, please email Danielle Berke at dberke@jaxjewishcenter.org.

If you need to pick up your tallit or tefillin to use at home please contact the synagogue to arrange a time to do so.

8:00 AM MORNING SERVICE (Monday through Friday)

https://zoom.us/j/818258838 Meeting ID: 818 258 838

8:00 PM EVENING SERVICE (Monday through Thursday)
https://zoom.us/j/636430568 Meeting ID: 636 430 568

The Dial-in number for all Zoom events is (929) 205-6099. Download the free Zoom App for your phone, computer or tablet (iPhone and Android). Zoom is a free video-conferencing software that also allows participants to call in. This will allow you to participate in all of our weekday services, classes, and daily check-ins. If you prefer, you will also be able to join Zoom classes via your computer or landline without downloading anything.

THIS WEEK IN VIRTUAL LEARNING

“Pikuah Nefesh – Jewish Law, Health and Life”
with Rabbi Jonathan Lubliner
When: Monday, March 16 at 7:00 PM
Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/8781509645 Meeting ID: 878 150 9645

Healing Service hosted by Hazzan Jesse Holzer
When: Tuesday, March 17 at 5:00 PM
Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/131555736 Meeting ID: 131 555 736

Judaism with a Twist: Challah Baking
with Rabbi Shira M.T. Rosenblum (part 1)
Download the Recipe Here
When: Wednesday, March 18 at 11:00 AM
Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/772220021 Meeting ID: 772 220 021

Reading Judges hosted by Justin Sakofs
When: Wednesday, March 18 at 4:00 PM
Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/920078850 Meeting ID: 920 078 850

Judaism with a Twist: Challah Baking
with Rabbi Shira M.T. Rosenblum (part 2)
When: Thursday, March 19 at 11:00 AM
Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/772220021 Meeting ID: 772 220 021

Mishna with Justin hosted by Justin Sakofs
When: Thursday, March 19 at 3:30 PM
Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/297083903 Meeting ID: 297 083 903

VIRTUAL SHABBAT

Shoobee Doobee Shabbat hosted by Hazzan Holzer and friends
When: Friday, March 20 at 10:00am
https://zoom.us/j/8781509645 Meeting ID: 878 150 9645

Kabbalat Shabbat Under Ground hosted by Hazzan Holzer
When: Friday, March 20 at 6:00pm
https://zoom.us/j/832379573 Meeting ID: 832 379 573

MARGO’S CATERING

Margo’s Catering will be offering to-go meals in the days ahead. Click here for their Shabbat-to-go order form for this Shabbat.

HESED

As hospitals begin to receive Coronavirus patients they are likely to put in place far more restrictive policies regarding visitors. River Garden has already done so given the vulnerability of its population. Our clergy and our Hesed Community will do their very best to reach out to those who are ill and in need of support. Please note, however, our ability to make in-person visits will depend on changing policies, medical advice, and the specific circumstances of individual cases. If we cannot go in person, we will use the phone, Skype, Facetime, email and texting to maximize our outreach.

You can volunteer to call and/or help run errands for our congregants over age 60. It will take a number of volunteers, each calling 5 households, for us to be able to check-in with everyone. During these difficult times, a simple phone call can make a world of difference and is a mitzvah bein adam l’havero (a sacred obligation between one person and another).  Please click HERE to sign up.

If you have a religious emergency, please contact the main number of the synagogue, night or day, as you would ordinarily do. We know these are challenging times. If you could use a reassuring phone call or would like to connect with one of the clergy, please contact us and we will be in touch.

Wishing you all health and comfort in the coming week,
Rabbi Lubliner (904) 710-9395
Rabbi Rosenblum (201) 463-2825
Hazzan Holzer (646) 319-2345



March 15, 2020

Dear Friends,

We hope you had a meaningful and restful Shabbat.

We know that social distancing is not easy, but this is what the times call for. In light of the latest developments regarding the spread of the Coronavirus and requests from government officials, we have made the difficult but necessary decision to close the building from Monday, March 16th until at least Sunday, March 22nd. The Bernard and Alice Selevan Religious School will also be closed until at least April 1st. Effective immediately, we will no longer hold minyanim or in-person meetings.

While the building itself is closed, our commitment to learning and creating community remains as strong as ever. We will remain connected through the phone, email, and internet. In case of an immediate need, please call the synagogue office.

Here are a few things you can do right now to stay connected and make a difference in the lives of your Jacksonville Jewish Center friends:

HESED OUTREACH

Volunteer to call and/or help run errands for our congregants over age 60. It will take a number of volunteers, each calling 5 households, for us to be able to check-in with everyone. During these difficult times, a simple phone call can make a world of difference and is a mitzvah bein adam l’havero (a sacred obligation between one person and another). Please click HERE to sign up.

If you have a family member living at the Coves or River Garden, please let our clergy know if you’d like for them to visit in the coming days.

DAILY MINYAN DETAILS

Starting tomorrow, Monday, March 16, we will gather via Zoom in lieu of daily minyan to pray with members of our community. Following the short service, there will be a chance for those who are observing yahrzeit or in mourning to recite “Prayer in Place of Mourner’s Kaddish When a Minyan is Not present”.

PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN VIRTUAL MINYAN TIMES
8:00 am Morning Minyan (Monday through Friday) will be accessible by zoom
https://zoom.us/j/818258838
Phone: 929 205 6099 Meeting ID: 818 258 838

8:00 pm Evening Minyan (Monday through Thursday) will be accessible by zoom
https://zoom.us/j/636430568
Phone: 929 205 6099 Meeting ID: 636 430 568

Download the free Zoom App for your phone, computer or tablet (iPhone and Android). Zoom is a free video conferencing software that also allows participants to call in. This will allow you to participate in all of our classes and daily check-ins. If you prefer, you will also be able to join Zoom classes via your computer or landline without downloading anything.

MARGO’S CATERING

Margo’s Catering will be offering to-go meals in the days ahead. Attached is their Shabbat to go order form for this Shabbat.

VIRTUAL LEARNING EXPERIENCES

Rabbi Lubliner will be hosting a Zoom meeting:
Title: Anxious, but Calm: How to talk to your children about the Coronavirus.”
When: Tonight at 9:00pm
https://zoom.us/j/8781509645 Phone: 9292056099 Meeting ID: 878 150 9645

Other online learning will be updated soon that will include study with our clergy and Justin Sakofs, Director of Congregational Learning. We’ll also be virtually hosting a Healing service and Friday pre-Shabbat singing opportunities for members of all ages.

We know these are challenging times. If you could use a reassuring phone call or would like to connect with one of the clergy, please e-mail us and we will be in touch.

Wishing you all health and comfort in the coming week,

Rabbi Jonathan Lubliner
Rabbi Shira M.T. Rosenblum
Hazzan Jesse Holzer
Ben Setzer, President
Jennifer Smith, Executive Director
Justin Sakofs, Director of Congregational Learning