We are all in uncharted territory, and that can be unsettling. We are eternally grateful to our first responders, and those on the front lines - doctors, nurses, police officers, and governmental leaders, our neighbors who continue to operate our grocery stores, hardware stores, and gas stations, plus all those the municipal workers who are keeping our infrastructure intact. And yet - in these trying times, nothing can replace the healing that comes from being a part of a supportive, loving community. Now more than ever, the Temple Judea community must pull together, stay connected, and care for each other’s emotional and spiritual well being - as well as provide real-life support for our members who need it. It seems as though things are changing from minute to minute, and this page will be updated as quickly as those things change. Below you’ll find step by step guidelines for accessing all of the ways we’re staying connected -- from streaming Erev Shabbat and Havdalah services to online Torah study, from virtual happy hours and Zonegs to at-home religious school, we are ensuring that our Jewish community continues to thrive, even when we can’t be together in real-time. During these unprecedented and isolating times, Rabbi Aaronson, Rabbi Cantor Wissot, Rabbi Rosenstein, Rabbi Raff, and Cantor Kliger are more committed than ever to ensuring that every one of our members feels supported, connected, and embraced by this one-of-a-kind community. Below are some of the ways we’re making sure that can happen. Choose one - or more! - that works for you.
Connect on Facebook
Our clergy team is keeping us all connected through Facebook Live, allowing us to engage with each other in real-time. All you need is a Facebook account and a smartphone, tablet, or computer. It’s really easy. First, if you haven’t already, go to Facebook.com and open an account. Then, you can LIKE the Temple Judea Facebook page, where we have videos from the clergy, updates, and you’ll get notified when we’re about to go Live. Facebook Live is one-way video conferencing, so you will be able to see and hear our Rabbi, Cantor or Rabbi-Cantor and you will have a place to write comments, ask questions, or send a thumbs up to let them know you’re watching. You can see them, but they can’t see you -- however you CAN connect and communicate with everyone else who is watching! If you can't make it in real time, all Live sessions will be archived on our Facebook page to watch at a later date.
FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM
If Facebook is the virtual Town Square, Instagram is the virtual neighborhood cafe. Join us here for inspiration, connection, wisdom, and some fun reminders of the fun we have to look forward to when the quarantine lifts and we can gather again in our beautiful sanctuary as a community in real life. Until then, you can pop in and see us any time by downloading the Instagram app on your smartphone or tablet, or visiting Instagram.com on your computer browser. Make sure you follow @TempleJudea, and tag @TempleJudea in your posts. That way we can share your photos with the rest of the community. It's a great way to check in on each other and stay connected. Visit our Instagram page HERE
STAY UP TO DATE ON TJ NEWS
We will continue to utilize our regular channels of communication to ensure that all our members stay up to date - which means, you’ll be receiving our weekly TJ Newsletter in your email inbox. However, you’re probably receiving more emails than usual these days, as every organization scrambles to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. If your inbox is clogged and you’ve misplaced that important email from the Synagogue, don’t worry -- you can find all of our TJ Newsletters HERE.
ACCESS VIRTUAL RESOURCES
RELIGIOUS SCHOOL AT-HOME
TJ’s Religious School team has put together a comprehensive new site for our students, so they can continue their religious and Hebrew studies, even when they’re not able to come to school. Explore our site by clicking on your teacher(s) name. You’ll be able to access all the wonderful activities they have created for just you, including recorded messages, and more. We all miss seeing our students in the classrooms and hallways of our temple. But until we can all gather together again, this is your one-stop hub for at-home religious school.
ADULT LEARNING ONLINE
Many of our usual adult learning classes - including our weekly Torah study - will continue meeting, but now we’ll be meeting online. We’ve created a special “virtual meeting room” using a website called Zoom. It’s easy to use and allows us all to “gather,” even in these days of social distancing. Just download the Zoom app on your smartphone or tablet, or visit Zoom.us on your computer browser. Now, more than ever, coming together to learn, debate, discuss and grow is a great way to stay engaged and stimulated. Even if you’ve never attended our Torah study in the past, you can join us now. Just email Tammy Lerman at to learn how.
WORDS OF COMFORT
Judaism is “a tradition of comfort.” Following a death of a loved one, Judaism, with its astute sensitivity to the place where spirituality and psychology converge, has designed a rhythm of rituals that follows the loss and supports and uplifts mourners. Similarly, during this time of upheaval, confusion, and fear, these words and rituals can offer comfort and a way to cope. At the heart of the coping process is community, because to suffer is to feel alone, and to heal is to feel connected. Community means comfort that pierces loneliness. Community means helping and supporting to make sure that every one of its members is taken care of. Community means that you don’t have to seek out connection - because connection comes to you. Temple Judea’s “Words of Comfort” are for mourners, but we hope that in these difficult times, they might provide inspiration and healing for all of us who feel unsettled, alone, or afraid. This booklet is a tangible reminder that you are part of a community that cares about you and that you have rabbis and cantors that love you and are here for you.
JEW IT AT-HOME
A curation of resources created by your Clergy at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, Temple Isaiah, University Synagogue, Temple Akiba of Culver City, Congregation Kol Ami, Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock, Malibu Jewish Center & Synagogue, Beth Chayim Chadashim, Sharshert, ChaiVilliageLA, Temple Beth Am, Temple Judea, and Congregation Ner Tamid of Henderson, Nevada.
Until the mandatory shelter in place is lifted, our clergy are not conducting services from the sanctuary. Instead, you'll find services on Zoom and FacebookLive. Watch your email for links each week.