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Important Covid and Shabbat Information from Rabbi Arnow 1/7/2022

Dear Kol Rinah Family, 

Please note: This Shabbat, we will not have services this Friday night or Saturday afternoon, but we will have services Saturday morning.  More details below.  

This is a really hard time.  Covid is rampant, and so many of us are being extra careful, restricting what we're doing.  Life is narrowing again, an apt phrasing as we read this Shabbat about the last days and hours in Egypt/Mitzrayim--the Narrow Place.  

Like so many people before us, we are hoping soon to be delivered from the narrow place that we have been squeezed into.  We are looking for our worlds, our horizons, our hopes, to widen.  But right now we are still in the throes of this plague, and are reading about the last three plagues--locusts, darkness, and the death of the first born.  

As you may know, I had Covid starting more than two weeks ago now.  Spending all day in my bedroom during some of the darkest, shortest days of the year, I made a point to open the shades of my bedroom windows as soon as I woke up, to maximize the fleeting sunlight during those brief, cloudy hours of daylight.  I felt in some sense like I was combatting a plague of darkness.  

Please do whatever you can to keep yourself and others safe during these weeks when things are feeling narrow, and constricted. 

At noon today on Zoom (link below), I'll be leading Torah Talk, where we'll look at some different approaches to the plague narrative in the Torah.  

For the coming weeks, we will only be having Shabbat services at Kol Rinah in person when we have twelve people signed up for that service by 3pm on Thursday.  Based on that, we will not be having services this Friday night or Saturday afternoon, as we do not have twelve people signed up to come, but we will have services Saturday morning this week, which you can stream from home using the link below.  

Candle lighting tonight is at 4:38pm, and Shabbat ends at 5:42pm.  

May we all stay safe and healthy.  Shabbat shalom,
Rabbi Noah Arnow

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-Thursday evenings at 6pm (but not on Jewish holidays)
Friday evenings when not in person one hour before candle lighting

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.  

Friday nights when in person and Shabbat mornings
Fridays, 6pm
Saturdays, 9:30am
Click the link below, then click the triangular "play" buttom:

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