March 22, 2020

Dear Beth El Families,

We hope this message reaches you in good health and good spirits.

The COVID-19 Task Force met today to discuss Beth El’s steps to address the pandemic as a community.  Our focus remains on the health and well-being of us all. Given the trajectory of the disease, we will be making the following changes to our operations until the COVID-19 virus subsides:

Daily Minyan Goes Virtual

  • Daily Minyan will continue to meet twice daily on Zoom only (no in-person services).
  • Daily Minyan Zoom Schedule:
    • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 7:15 am and 5:45 pm – yes, services will begin the same time each day
    • Sundays at 8:15 am and 5:45 pm
  • If you need to say Kaddish, please continue to contact Cantor Angress at cantor@bethelphoenix.com or (602) 944-3359 to request a virtual minyan to observe the yahrzeit.
  • Check www.bethelphoenix.com/streaming-services for more resources and virtual services information.
  • Download Zoom at zoom.us/download.
  • Click on Join a meeting and then use the below information to log in.


Shabbat Morning Services

Beth El Office Changes

Until further notice, we regret that Beth El’s office will no longer be open to walk-in foot traffic. We invite you to please conduct your Beth El business over-the-phone at (602) 944-3359 or via email at billboard@bethelphoenix.com. Essential staff will be in the building from 9:00 am–5:00 pm Monday through Thursday and 9:00 am–3:00 pm on Friday. Call to make an appointment with the gift shop if you are in need of Passover, gifts, or Shabbat supplies.


Beth El Online Adult Education

Adult Education Classes will be held via Zoom as well (no in-person classes). Here are the current offerings. Check www.bethelphoenix.com/adult-education for information on upcoming virtual classes.

Introduction to Judaism
Tuesdays at 6:30 pm
Join Intro. to Judaism Zoom Meeting by contacting Rabbi Stein Kokin at rabbi@bethelphoenix.com or calling the office at (602) 944-3359.

Haggadah Study: How to Prep Your Own Seder
Wednesday, March 25 at 7:00 pm

Study the text of the Haggadah and exchange ideas for our Seders at home with Rabbi Stein Kokin.

Talmud:  Suggiyot Every Jew Should Know
Thursdays at 8:15 am

Explore the world of the Talmud with Rabbi Stein Kokin and have a deeper look at single units of Talmud discussions or stories- open for all – sources will be in Aramaic/Hebrew and English

Chai Tea Women’s Study Group
Sunday, April 19 at 12:30 pm

Pastoral Care

Rabbi’s message:

“For the mountains will crumble and the hills may shake but my love will never leave you” (Isaiah 54:10)

Dear Chaverim, 

I am sending my blessings of love to all of you! I am thinking of you and hope I can be of support to you in these distressing times. If you want to talk or have questions I am here for you! Please contact me either at rabbi@bethelphoenix.com or via phone (602) 944-3359 ext. 108.

Keep in Touch

As additional changes are necessary, we will let you know as soon as possible via email and our website at www.bethelphoenix.com/covid-19. Please ensure that your contact information is updated with our office by contacting Korina Springer at (602) 944-3359 ext. 106 or kspringer@bethelphoenix.com.

We are here for you and your family and appreciate your patience and care during these uncertain times. We value your feelings and ideas on how to best guide our community during this pandemic and ask that you share any thoughts, concerns, or questions with Alicia Moskowitz at (602) 944-3359 ext. 109 or amoskowitz@bethelphoenix.com or Rabbi Stein Kokin at (602) 944-3359 ext. 108 or rabbi@bethelphoenix.com.
 

Thank you,

Beth El COVID-19 Task Force