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SHABBAT SERVICES CANCELLED - Please Read Carefully 12/31/2021

Dear Kol Rinah Family,

The stresses of 2021, whether physical, financial, emotional, spiritual, or otherwise, have been great for so many of us. I know that we have each had to adapt and change in order to keep ourselves and others safe, to keep ourselves moving forward and to remake our lives in a host of different ways in order to meet the demands of the day. It has not been easy, but together, we have done extraordinary things.

This year, we fully moved into our new Maryland Avenue home. We completed the first phase of our new Early Childhood Center, and students are there every day learning and growing in joyous new ways. We came together for services, had special guest leaders and teachers, connected with new people, and yes, even saw the lights of Hanukkah glow a little brighter with a fire dancer right in our courtyard. And at every turn, we have done our best to ensure we could continue to experince the joy of our community as safely as possible.

With that in mind, we have decided to cancel all in person services this Shabbat, both tonight for Kabbalat Shabbat, as well as tomorrow's Shacharit (morning) service and Mincha/Ma'ariv (afternoon/evening) services due to the massive increase in COVID infections in our community. Though it saddens me greatly for a Shabbat to arrive without gathering together as a community, keeping one another safe, especially now, is of paramount importance. 

Our Medical Advisory Taskforce will be meeting early next week to determine recommendations and next steps in our ever-changing health landscape.  We will be looking at the most up to date information and health data, local recommendations from public health experts, and determining the best course of action for the short- and long-term. We will update the community on any changes for future in person services, gatherings, and progams as soon as possible.

You are the most precious resource our community has, and the core of our mission as a community is to ensure your ability to grow, learn, and live together safely. I hope and pray that all of our individual and communal efforts will help us turn the corner in this new year so that we can full enjoy all the we have to offer one another in ths community. Together, we can march into 2022 supporting one another throughout our whole community to strengthen each other throughout the days ahead.

May it be a good and healthy year for each of us!

Shanah tova,
Rabbi Scott Shafrin


As a reminder, there will be NO Torah Talk this afternoon. Torah Talk will return next Friday, January 6.

There will be NO Shabbat services this week, including tonight, tomorrow morning, or tomorrow afternoon.

Candle lighting tonight is at 4:32 pm.  

Parshat Vaera
Shabbat Mevarchim

Torah Reading: Exodus 6:2 - 9:35
Haftarah: Ezekiel 28:25-29:21

Havdallah on Saturday evening will be at 5:36 pm.

COVID Protocols
Masks are required for everyone ages 3 and up, and are required to be worn properly (over nose, mouth and chin) whenever inside, and whenever outside in proximity of other people.  If you see someone wearing their mask improperly, please ask them (kindly, gently) to wear their mask properly. If there are any problems, please alert an usher or greeter.  

If you are feeling at all ill, or if you are at increased health risk, please stay home to keep yourself and everyone safe and healthy.

Our full COVID protocols are available here:

Please refrain wearing perfume or other strong scents to synagogue, as we have people with significant allergies. 

Shabbat shalom,  
Rabbi Scott Shafrin

To join our Zoom Minyanim or classes, click on the desired meeting link, or call into either of the following numbers:  
+1 312 626 6799
+1 646 558 8656
Then, when prompted, enter the Meeting ID of the desired minyan/class then press #.  Then, when prompted, enter the password then press #.  
Services (all times Central)
Evening Minyan on Zoom ( )
Sunday-Friday evenings at 6pm

Morning Minyan on Zoom ( )
Monday-Friday mornings at 7am; Sunday mornings and national holidays at 8am (not including Jewish holidays)

Learning Opportunities

Torah Talk with Rabbi Arnow or Rabbi Shafrin ( )
Every Friday at 12pm
Join us for study and discussion of the week's Torah portion.  

Shabbat morning ( ) 
Saturdays, 9:30am,  as well as the first day, seventh and eighth days of Passover
Click the link below, then click the triangular "play" buttom:

Until shortly before 9:30am, there will a filler screen, but livestreamed video and sound will both start around 9:30am.  

You can also set your computer or device in advance so that this link will continue streaming continuously and you will not have to press any buttons on Shabbat. To make sure that your device will not shut itself down or do into sleep mode, follow the directions below to disable sleep mode:

For PC:
To disable automatic Sleep:
1. Open up Power Options in the Control Panel. In Windows 10 you can get there from right clicking on the start menu and going to Power Options
2. Click "change plan settings" next to your current power plan
3. Change "Put the computer to sleep" to never
4. Click "Save Changes"

For Apple Products:
1. On your Mac, choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click "Energy Saver."
2. Do either of the following:
          a. Set the amount of time your computer or display should wait before going to sleep: Drag the “Computer sleep” and “Display sleep” sliders, or the “Turn display off after” slider.
          b. Keep your Mac from going to sleep automatically: Select “Prevent computer from sleeping automatically when the display is off.”
Sun, May 22 2022 21 Iyyar 5782