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President's Message - December 2020

Laurence Abbott

In a year full of challenges and changes, we have made the shift, once again, to suspending in-person Shabbat services in the sanctuary at Beth Shalom. The critical difference, this time, is that we can livestream a service from the shul’s sanctuary. We are not sure how long this suspension will last, but our decision about when we will resume in-person services will be guided by the principle of Pikuach Nefesh, the obligation to protect and save life, and informed by guidance from Alberta Health as well as medical experts.  

Our Nefesh Project initiative continues to develop, and our approach to communication with our membership will be a part of that. Currently, we’re preparing to revise and update our website, and we’re going to evaluate how we’re using other channels of communication, including social media, to make our messages more concise and less repetitive. 

Lastly, our annual membership letter will be in the mail, shortly. Beth Shalom continues to operate, offering daily minyanim and Shabbat services online, and we’ll offer in-person services once we’re able to do so, safely.

On behalf of my family and the Board of Directors at Beth Shalom, I wish you and your families a Chag Sameach – Happy Hanukkah.


Mon, 25 January 2021 12 Shevat 5781