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Dear Congregants:
 
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, how we serve our kehilla is constantly changing on short notice. In the event of a change in program delivery or a cancellation, we will notify congregants via every means available. Individuals involved in specific programs will be notified directly. However, if you are unsure if a program is still taking place, please call our office at (780) 488-6333 or e-mail us at info@e-bethshalom.org.
 
As of today, our morning minyans and our Shabbat services are cancelled. Please read Rabbi Schwarzman’ s article below. It shares with you how we will continue to provide services.
 
Access to the synagogue is dependant on the building being open and is by appointment only. 
 
The library is closed.
 
Catering services are cancelled.
 
 
Thank you for your patience and support during this difficult time.
 
We wish health, safety and happiness for us all as we weather the coming days.
 
Sincerely,
Lana Black, President
Edmonton Beth Shalom


 

Dear friends,
 
In the Talmud's tractate Yoma, we learn some of the laws of pikuach nefesh, of saving lives even at the expense of violating Shabbat. And the halakhah, the law, is that we do not hesitate, and that it is praiseworthy to act quickly.
 
We have been closely monitoring and following the instructions of Alberta's chief medical officer. Two weeks ago, we stopped shaking hands on Shabbat. This past Shabbat, we asked our seniors and those with medical conditions not to come to our service.
 
Today we learn that conditions in Alberta have continued to change, and while of course we are all reluctant to have to do this, lives are at stake, and so we have decided to suspend all minyans and Shabbat services, effective immediately.
 
We do this to preserve life, which we are commanded by Jewish law to do, so that once we get past this virus, we will all be able to resume our Jewish lives and observe many Shabbatot and take part in daily minyans for the rest of our lives (till 120!).
 
If you would like to borrow a siddur (weekday or Shabbat, or both) from the synagogue, or pick up your tallit and tefillin, please drop in during office hours. Please let Helena know which books you are borrowing, so we can keep track of who has them at home.
 
If you would like to follow livestreamed services (weekday and Shabbat) from Sinai Temple, a Conservative synagogue in Los Angeles, visit www.sinaitemple.org.
 
While we need to suspend our services, we remain a community. I will be reaching out to each of you (starting with our seniors and shut-ins) to see how you are doing. But please, truly, do not hesitate to let me know if you or someone you know needs anything, including just to talk.
 
You can join your friends, old and new, on our new Beth Shalom group on Facebook, at  https://www.facebook.com/groups/BethShalomEdmonton/ 
I will be sharing teachings online, and I urge you to join in the conversation. 
 
We pray that this virus passes quickly, and we pray for the health of our entire community in Beth Shalom, in Edmonton, and in the world.
 
Rabbi Steven Schwarzman
 
Edmonton Beth Shalom Congregation
11916 Jasper Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB T5K 0N9

AGM

March 18, 2020 

Dear Members of Edmonton Beth Shalom Congregation: 

 

I hope that this note finds you healthy and well, and that will remain the case for all of us. We are operating in uncharted waters, and we’re working on ways to ensure that we can navigate through them, reasonably, rationally and calmly.

Many thanks to those of you who have joined our new online Edmonton Beth Shalom Facebook Group. It is another channel we are using to distribute information to our members as well as offering a social platform for our members to be in contact with one another during this uncharted time, when we cannot gather together in person.

I wish to pass on some important information about decisions that have been made relative to the Annual General Meeting and ongoing governance oversight of Beth Shalom until the AGM is held

Please be advised that the Annual General Meeting of Edmonton Beth Shalom Congregation, originally scheduled for Sunday March 29, 2020 at 2:00pm, has been rescheduled. It will, instead, be held at the synagogue on Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 2:00pm. 

The Executive Committee of our Beth Shalom Board met by teleconference on Monday night (March 16, 2020) and discussed a full agenda related to the prudent management of Beth Shalom Synagogue during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our first item of business was whether to proceed with the Annual General Meeting as scheduled. As outlined above, the decision was made to postpone the AGM until Sunday, April 26, 2020. at 2:00 pm.

To inform our decision, about postponing the March 29th AGM, we reviewed our bylaws. They require that the AGM be held no later than April 30th each year. As such, by holding the AGM on Sunday, April 26, 2020, we will be in compliance with our bylaws. However, please note, that we will postpone the April 26th meeting to a later date, if safety measures related to limiting the spread of COVID-19 virus require us to do so. The health and safety of our members takes precedence over the bylaws in this unprecedented health crisis. We will keep you informed should it be determined that it is necessary to further postpone the AGM. 

In the meantime, the current executive committee and board of directors will continue to oversee the operations of Beth Shalom until such time as the AGM occurs, the required quorum of 25 members in good standing is met, and the election of a new slate of board members is held. Following the AGM, continuing members of the board along with new board members will meet to elect a new executive committee.

I have organized a working group made up of members of the current executive committee to help me oversee our Beth Shalom operations under these dynamic circumstances. This group will seek advice and assistance from others as required to inform operational decisions and recommendations. 

Thank you to our amazing staff at Beth Shalom who are working with our board to modify synagogue operations in these uncharted waters. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Rabbi Schwarzman, me or any member of our staff and board for further information.

 

Please stay healthy and well!

Sincerely,

Lana Black

President – Edmonton Beth Shalom Congregation

 

 

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