I write in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has required all of us to find a new way to engage in synagogue life. I am pleased to say that our Congregation has responded to the coronavirus by creating a “virtual” synagogue, with Morning Minyan, Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat, and Havdalah services on YouTube and Facebook, a film series, discussion groups, Men’s and Women’s Club Zoom events, adult classes, pre-school and religious school, and many other virtual activities. I am also pleased to say that hundreds of our members participate and that we truly support each other, and the broader community, in these difficult times.
It is no surprise that the members of the Congregation, along with the Rabbi and our staff, have risen to the occasion. Temple Beth Abraham has been at home in Oakland for 112 years, and our roots here are deep and strong. Our Congregation represents many different backgrounds and cultures, families of all shapes and sizes and types, and we love and value what all of them bring to our community.
I invite you to come visit our services – join our Morning Minyan, our Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat, and our Saturday morning services, albeit virtually. We pride ourselves on being warm, participatory and egalitarian. Our diverse community loves to welcome visitors and our educators live to teach – if you want to learn to chant Torah, how to celebrate Shabbat at home with your children or even have a question about Jewish practice, just ask.
Keep well and stay safe and please join us,