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Dear Temple Beth-El Family,
 
Since March, Temple Beth-El has been vigilant about upholding Judaism’s highest priorities for preserving life and health. Worship, education and community gatherings have been accomplished via digital means. We are grateful for your grace, flexibility and open-heartedness in embracing these measures. As the summer unfolds we cannot help but begin to wonder what to expect for the fall. 
 
Over the past few weeks, our leadership and clergy have met with a Medical Advisory Committee to determine a safe path forward to opening our community. This highly respected group of medical professionals, epidemiologists and academic specialists unanimously acknowledged that it is not yet safe to responsibly welcome back hundreds of people for large gatherings of any kind in our building. This follows the carefully measured guidelines from our state leaders and from the URJ. Our Executive Committee and Board of Trustees, in direct consultation with the clergy and staff, have reached the difficult decision that all worship for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur will be digital this year.
 
This means that we will not be holding any in-person services either in our Fain Sanctuary or Bennett Chapel, as we welcome 5781.  We will lead worship safely from those familiar and sacred spaces and broadcast these services digitally with every hope and prayer for renewal, forgiveness, good health and peace in the New Year.
 
The clergy, staff and educators are using the summer months to prepare a meaningful and memorable High Holy Days experience for all of our congregants. When we gather virtually in the fall, by Livestream and Zoom, we will delve deeply into the meaning of these sacred days together. We will provide easy-to-use information and guides well in advance, so that your sanctuary at home can be a “mikdash m’at,” a sacred space for you and your family. We will also provide additional ways to connect with one another over the summer and into the High Holiday season.
 
Stay tuned for exciting news and information about our plans for the upcoming year of our Rabbi Leslie Yale Gutterman Religious School.
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Judy Moseley           

   (jmoseley@temple-beth-el.org), Executive Director, or to our emails, below.
 
On behalf of the leadership and clergy, thank you for your trust and confidence as Temple Beth-El continues to go from strength to strength.
 
You have our best wishes for a safe and healthy summer.
   
Tonya Glantz, President
(tglantz@ric.edu
 
Rabbi Sarah Mack
(RabbiMack@temple-beth-el.org)
           

People often say: “The Jewish holidays are late this year” or “The Jewish holidays are early this year.” In fact, the holidays never are early or late; they are always on time, according to the Jewish calendar.

Unlike the Gregorian (civil) calendar, which is based on the sun (solar), the Jewish calendar is based primarily on the moon (lunar), with periodic adjustments made to account for the differences between the solar and lunar cycles. Therefore, the Jewish calendar might be described as both solar and lunar. The moon takes an average of 29.5 days to complete its cycle; 12 lunar months equal 354 days. A solar year is 365 1/4 days. There is a difference of 11 days per year. To ensure that the Jewish holidays always fall in the proper season, an extra month is added to the Hebrew calendar seven times out of every 19 years. If this were not done, the fall harvest festival of Sukkot, for instance, would sometimes be celebrated in the summer, or the spring holiday of Passover would sometimes occur in the winter.

Upcoming Jewish Holidays 

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Thu, October 29 2020 11 Cheshvan 5781