Dear fellow congregants:
Planning for the reopening of Ahavas Sholom has run the gamut of emotions – exciting; fun; exhilarating; frustrating; joyous; and daunting to name a few.
Over the last 5 months we have been preparing to reopen for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
Over the last year and 1/2 we have put a lot of work into our “sacred space” and we were greatly looking forward to sharing it with all of you throughout the holiday season.
Therefore, it is with both sadness and reluctance, that we have decided as a community to pivot back to “Virtual” only services for the High Holidays and for the time being.
Among all of our considerations, the health and safety of our fellow congregants and community, has driven our decisions on reopening, and remains our top priority. Since the start of the pandemic, we have paid close attention “to the science” as our guide to how to proceed.
When we began to plan in April for our reopening, it seemed for the first
time that we would be safe to convene “live” once again. And of course, we were greatly looking forward to being with you all.
As we sent out our yearly letter earlier this month, the Delta variant began to pick up speed. Thus, due to the intensifying impact of the spread of this Covid 19 variant, and its proclivity for spreading, we have had to revisit our recent decision to open the Synagogue to our full Congregation for the upcoming High Holidays. And, reluctantly, we have decided to hold services remotely once again, as a safety measure for all who would otherwise be in attendance.
If you are not on our email list, and would like to receive the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Zoom links, please call Jeff Haveson at (973) 207-3095.
As I said, when we first closed in March 2020, we can’t wait until the time is right for us to be with one another and share our majestic setting together. For now, stay well and we hope to see you virtually throughout the holidays!
The ROSH HASHANAH SCHEDULE 2021 and the YOM KIPPUR SCHEDULE 2021 will give you the appropriate dates and times for High Holiday services, and will provide you with a guide to services, with the correct page numbers in the Machzor Lev Shalem.
Contributions to the Synagogue can be made by check or online thru Paypal at http://ahavassholom.org/home/membership.
Please visit our website at www.ahavassholom.org for more information about synagogue activities.
I will be available to hand out Machzors on Thursday, September 2nd, from 12 noon to 3pm at Ahavas Sholom, for those who would like to pick one up, or you can call me at (201) 988-3799 to arrange another day and time.
For those who would like access to a digital copy of the Machzor that you can read on your computer, tablet, or smart phone, please let us know. Ahavas Sholom will make arrangements to have it available and will forward a link at the appropriate time. Please RSVP as soon as possible, as we need to know the exact number of digital machzor licenses to purchase.
For those who have pre-registered please confirm that you are, in fact, in receipt of this notice, so no one comes to the synagogue unnecessarily.
We deeply appreciate everyone’s understanding and continued support as we continue to “navigate these uncharted waters.” Obviously, we look forward to convening with all of you “live” when the time is right!!
Until then, L’Shana Tova – a HEALTHY and JOYOUS New Year to You and Yours,
Eric and the Board of Trustees
As the oldest continuously operating synagogue in the City of Newark, Congregation Ahavas Sholom is an Egalitarian Conservative Synagogue with a traditional service that welcomes all Jews, fulfills their spiritual needs, provides educational and cultural experiences.
The synagogue’s mission states that Ahavas Sholom is passionately committed to the pursuit of Tikun Olam (repair of the world) and Tzedakah (social justice). Ahavas Sholom recognizes as part of Tikun Olam that it has an obligation to the environment, physical space and activities of the community. We therefore consider support for the conservation of open space, the creation of both passive and active recreation in Newark and among communities within its metropolitan area to be part of our mission.
Ahavas Sholom is characteristic of other religious institutions in Newark. Just as many inner-city churches draw the greater part of their members from outside the city itself, Ahavas Sholom now has relatively few congregants who live in Newark.
American cities are redeveloping in part as their unsurpassed cultural and religious institutions attract suburbanites to meaningful experiences. Ahavas Sholom is holy ground. It inspires those who step through its doors to pray, think, and learn, and to care about each other’s lives and the life of the community.