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WELCOME TO TEMPLE BETH ISRAEL

Temple Beth Israel is a warm, dynamic Reform Synagogue of over 400 families that serves the Pomona and San Gabriel Valleys of Southern California, approx. 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. At TBI you will find a community that celebrates Jewish tradition,  kindles spiritual fulfillment, values Jewish study in all its variety, and vigorously participates in social justice.
Please join us!  Jews in all their diversity, including families, singles, couples, interfaith families, the LGBT community, and people with special needs are all welcome at TBI.

The Zoom ID will be the same each night. https://zoom.us/j/327651825 – Meeting ID: 327 651 825
If you need to join by phone dial +1.669.900.6833 and enter Meeting ID 327651825#

Check out our @TBIPomona Facebook Page where you can get the latest info and view info about our upcoming Shabbat services and other events held online.
 

Updates from Temple Beth Israel

17 March 2020/21 Adar 5780

As we have previously announced, our leadership has decided to close our campus to all in-person events through May 3rd. Though we had hoped to continue to operate our TBI Preschool during this period, we have also closed the Preschool as well for at least two weeks. 

Looking forward, we will continue to support our congregation at this challenging time through online tools- such as our gathering in the TBI Cybershul on Facebook on Friday evenings at 6:30 p.m. for the Family Service and Friday’s at 7:30 p.m. for our regular Erev Shabbat service.

We are also holding a TBI Zoom Siyyum all other weekdays at 6:45 p.m. Check the TBI Facebook page for links to all the above.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out by phone or email at tbi@tbipomona.org with any questions or needs you may have or know of, as we form a caring community to help us weather this storm.

L’shalom,

Rabbi Kupetz and Cantor Buch

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12 March 2020/16 Adar 5780

Dear TBI Community,

Our world is in the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic. As a synagogue community, we are attempting to balance multiple, sometimes competing values. Coming to synagogue for study, worship, acts of loving kindness, and for the gift of community itself is fundamental to Jewish life. We now find ourselves in a moment where this is at odds with the core Jewish value of pikuach nefesh—protecting our health and safety and that of others, particularly those who are most vulnerable to contagious diseases like COVID-19.

Following an abundance of reflection and consideration of best practices suggested by public health agencies, government officials, and Jewish institutions here in California and throughout the United States, the leadership of our synagogue has made the decision to suspend all public activities at Temple Beth Israel through May 3rd.

This includes all events scheduled on our property and/or sponsored by TBI, including our Family Service, Shabbat worship, Mitzvah Day, and Beit Sefer and all additional events. This does not include the TBI Preschool which, until such time as recommended by the County Health Department or State Licensing Board, will continue to operate and fulfill its vital role in supporting our enrolled families, many of whom would have to leave their jobs if we did not provide services. The Preschool is taking extra measures to ensure the safety of both staff and children.

Having already established an infrastructure for using social media and other online tools, we plan to continue to offer Friday evening and holiday worship online at www.facebook.com/tbipomona on the regular worship schedule. However, all Saturday worship and study will be suspended and b’nei mitzvah scheduled through May 3rd will be postponed to a later date. Join us tomorrow evening, 3/13 @ 7:30 p.m., online.

Regarding Beit Sefer, while we will not be holding classes on our campus, we are developing tools our students and their families can access to continue their engagement in Jewish life and learning at least through the coming weeks. This will include both original content created by our wonderful teaching staff as well as links to Jewish learning resources available elsewhere online. Beit Sefer families will receive direct communication regarding this.

Throughout this difficult time, Rabbi Kupetz and Cantor Buch will continue to be available for spiritual and any other clergy support, and we encourage you to reach out to us immediately if you or anyone you know have a need for outreach or engagement.   

In closing, we would like to thank you in advance for your understanding and support as not just TBI, but all areas of our society are impacted by this global pandemic.  Please remember that first and foremost, our responsibility as Jews and human beings is to support each other in times of need physically, spiritually and emotionally.  

If you have urgent questions, please feel free to forward them to either or both of us by clicking our names below. We pledge to be in regular communication with our congregation to keep you updated on all TBI related matters. Please note also that, in addition to our regular lay leadership, we also have engaged a special task force of current and former TBI lay leaders to help plan our way forward through this difficult time.  

May the Holy One bring healing speedily and soon to all those who are ill, and may our public health and civil leaders be granted wisdom, insight and compassion as they work to sustain us in health and vitality.

L’shalom,

Rabbi Jonathan Kupetz
Deena Benjamin, President TBI Board of Trustees
on behalf of the Senior Staff and the Executive Committee

 

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