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7/1/2020 Letter from the President regarding the use of the building

High Holidays.  See HHD 5781 page for details

Shabbat Services.  For now, we are continuing with virtual services. We are also exploring holding Shabbat Services outdoors, either at TBA or another location, and the possibility of limited attendance in our Sanctuary. Any in-person options pursued would naturally adhere to the most rigorous pandemic-control guidance and standards, and services would continue to be streamed online for those more comfortable taking part from home. 

Other in-person use of the TBA Building:  We will be using CDC and state guidelines and mandates, and “best practices” for religious institutions.   Some limited use has already occurred and is planned, such as allowing immediate family that live with the Bat or Bar Mitzvah into the Sanctuary for a streamed Shabbat service, allowing community members observing a Yahrzeit to attend in person, and members performing volunteer services for TBA.  For now, we do not anticipate approving large gatherings.  All use of the building will require face masks unless specifically exempted.  Please contact Cindy Poust at 610-337-2222 (extension # 3) or for any request not being directly coordinated with Rabbi.

This Week's Events


Happy and Healthy New Year to All!
All HHD Services can be accessed by using the link you received from

Friday, September 18:
7:30PM Rosh Hashanah Evening Service for a pdf of the prayer book
8:40PM Music Program/Kiddush

Saturday, September 19th:
9:00AM Rosh Hashanah Children’s Service
10:00AM Rosh Hashanah Main Service for a pdf of the prayer book
11:15AM Torah, Shofar, Sermon
2:00PM Greeting Time
3:00PM Learn about Music w/Cantor

Sunday, September 20th:
9:00AM Rosh Hashanah 2nd Day Adult Program for a pdf of the prayer book
10:00AM Preschool/Kindergarten Program
10:45AM 1st – 3rd Gr Program
11:45AM 4th – 6th Gr Program
1:00PM Tashlich Picnic
2:00PM Tashlich service

Monday, September 21st:
8:00 p.m. - Storytime with Rabbi Lazar!
So many great stories to share!  If you’d like to share a story, please let me know, and we’ll make sure it happens! I look forward to seeing you all on MONDAY!

Tuesday, September 22nd:
7:30PM Sisterhood Happy Hour via Zoom
All TBA women are invited to join us for Sisterhood Social Hour on Zoom.
It’s a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet new ones.
Please RSVP to and we will send the link.  
We look forward to seeing you!

Wednesday, September 23rd:
7:30 a.m. Morning Minyan - to participate in the Morning Minyan - to find a pdf of the siddur that we'll use for our Morning Minyan (we will be using the grey Gates of Prayer)
The Red Cross is in seriuos need of blood donars. Many places are not open for blood drives, so we have 2 scheduled this week. The volunteers will take all safety precautions serious for themselves and with you during this pandemic.  Please consider donating!
9AM – 2PM Red Cross Blood Drive.
Please contact Steve Hirsh: or (215) 715-6140

7:00 p.m. 1st day Confirmation Class

Thursday, September 24th:
12:00 p.m. – Mid-Week Torah Study
NEW LINK FOR MID-WEEK TORAH STUDY    No experience required * No materials required.
Interest in learning – helpful, but also not required. Join us!
1PM – 6PM Red Cross Blood Drive. Please contact Steve Hirsh: or (215) 715-6140

 7:00PM Sisterhood Board Meeting


Sunday, October 4th * 10am 
 Please join us for our “Welcome Back Brunch”  virtual of course! You bring the coffee and bagel and we’ll provide the speaker. The topic is “Jew’s Clues” and Jewish genealogy. To attend, RSVP to and we will send you the link.  More information to follow

TO CONTACT THE CARING COMMUNITY TEAM,  please call Ann Greenstein at 424-524-3938 or e-mail her at

The caring community team is available to help members who need assistance with meals and rides and issues associated with illness and bereavement.  Or, if you just need to hear a friendly voice during this time of isolation, we have a group of volunteers ready to make contact with you.
Caring Matters, and at Brith Achim, we are here for one another.


...where you'll be able to get yourself booked into my calendar for either a 20-minute phone call or a 20-minute video call.
Fill me in on the latest news * I can read a story to your kids *I can read a story to you
Tell me a great joke you heard recently * Ask me for a great joke that I heard recently
I can help your kids with their homework * We can pray together
We simply can feel comforted by seeing each other's face and/or hearing each other's voice.
Of course, if you would like to discuss something that necessitates a longer amount of time, and/or a greater amount of attention, please be in touch with me and/or Cindy directly.

A new Zoom group is starting for those who want an opportunity to chat with others during this time of isolation. It will be meeting on Sunday afternoons with time to be decided. Ann Greenstein will be facilitating. This new group is starting because some additional people have expressed an interest in connecting with each other via a virtual group. The previous group is ongoing and is now under the facilitation of Bobbie Locke.


If you would like to join this new online chat group, please e-mail Ann at



TBA Puzzle Swap provides a forum in which members can safely exchange puzzles. There is a table set up in the front (circle door) entrance with puzzles for contactless picking up or dropping off. The front doors are unlocked from 9AM – 3PM each weekday (when the office is open). Please park and use the front circle door entrance, as there is construction at the other entrance. There is hand sanitizer on the table. If you have puzzles to donate, please follow these same contactless steps.  If you are unable to drive or otherwise need assistance to pick up or deliver your puzzle, please contact

For Sunshine Donations: You can donate online Directed Giving donations
Please use for your Internet searching needs.
Choose Temple Brith Achim as your charity of choice.

For all those who shop online via Amazon, you can help TBA raise $$ simply by using their Amazon Smile program.  Please click on the following link and sign up via your Amazon account to use AmazonSmile when you shop.  Amazon will donate 5% of your purchase to Temple Brith Achim.


REMINDER: You can access our TBA Congregational Directory anytime. Just sign into your account on our website: Top “right hand” corner click on “login”. If you forgot your password or haven’t used your account yet, click on “forgot/need password”. Then follow the directions to set up a password and sign in. Once you are signed in click on “directory” along the task bar under our TBA banner. NOTE: non-congregants cannot access this directory. Our database will only allow members to sign in with the email address registered with TBA.

Fri, September 18 2020 29 Elul 5780