Update as of Monday, March 30, 2020

Please visit the new page on our website: btcboca.org/virtual
to see all our online offerings and resources in one place!


 

 

 

 

 

Virtual Classes this Week:
Lunch & Learn with Rabbi David Englander
Tuesday, March 31 at 12:15 pm
Topic:  Jewish Responses to Covid-19
To join this ZOOM class, click here or follow this link: https://zoom.us/j/376227858

Meeting ID: 370 535 391
To join by phone, dial: (929) 205-6099
When prompted, enter Meeting ID: 376 227 858

Passover Workshop – Part 2 with Rabbi David Steinhardt 
Wednesday, April 1 at 4 pm
To join this ZOOM class, click here or follow this link: https://zoom.us/j/306236092

Meeting ID: 306 236 092
To join by phone, dial: (929) 205-6099
When prompted, enter Meeting ID: 306 236 092

Talmud Class with Rabbi David Englander
Thursdays at 9:15 am, ongoing
To join this ZOOM class, click here or follow this link: https://zoom.us/j/7020201027
Meeting ID: 702 020 1027
To join by phone, dial: (929) 205-6099
When prompted, enter Meeting ID: 702 020 1027
If you need the text and were not in class last week, please email rabbi.englander@bnai-torah.org

Torah Study Class with Rabbi David Steinhardt
Fridays at 8 am, ongoing
To join this ZOOM class click here or follow this link: https://zoom.us/j/381049713
Meeting ID: 381 049 713
To join by phone, dial: (929) 205-6099
When prompted, enter Meeting ID: 381 049 713


HAZAK: Gentle Yoga with Sandy on ZOOM
Thursday, April 2 at 11 am

Reduce stress by engaging in yoga poses and practicing breathing and stretching exercises.
To join this ZOOM class click here or follow this link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/782334093?pwd=Q1RjblFYakRJZ0tySm9sUzJOdVlkdz09 
Meeting ID: 381 049 713

Study Online With Melton All Week Long
Melton is pleased to offer a selection of sessions at no cost from their extensive course library ONLINE to learners around the world via ZOOM. Click here to view class offerings.



Passover Learning Resources from the Conservative Movement’s Rabbinical Assembly:
Feast of Freedom Passover Haggadah: The Feast of Freedom is available in full as a free PDF on request. Click here to request yours free.
Rabbi Barry Dov Lerner has created a “Jewish Family Education Passover Haggadah,” that includes a full transliteration of the traditional Hebrew text as well as English translation and instructions. Click here to download.
Seder Melodies Playlist by the Cantors Assembly. Click here to view playlist. 


   

BRUSY this week… CHOPPED!
Tuesday, March 31st at 5 pm
Who will make the cut in our BRUSY Chopped Champion Challenge!? Tune in on zoom this Tuesday at 5pm to compete. All ingredients you need are typical household food items. You do not need to buy anything to participate. Invite any Jewish 6 – 12th grader you know!
Contact BRUSY@bnai-torah.org for Zoom Link



TLC Volunteer Opportunities:

Click here to view all the ways you can help!  


‘Monster Insight’ with Louie and Avi Steinhardt
We all can use a few moments of distraction and laughter. Click here to watch on YouTube!


Daily Minyan and Shabbat Services Reminder:
Morning and evening minyan will continue to be accessible via live stream. Click here or visit www.btcboca.org. Shabbat services will be held on ZOOM. A link for each week will be sent via email, or you can find it on our website: www.btcboca.org/virtual 

*Schedule of Services: 
Friday Evening Kabbalat Shabbat – 5:45 pm
Saturday Morning Shabbat Services – 8:45 am
Saturday Mincha/Ma’ariv/Havdalah – 7:30 pm
Weekday Shacharit – 8 am, Monday through Friday; 8:45 am on Sunday
Evening Mincha/Ma’ariv – 5:30 pm, Sunday through Thursday
In case you missed it:
For your convenience, we have recordings of some of our recent services. Just click on the link and press the ‘play’ button on the bottom of the image.
To watch a recording of last Friday Night’s Kabbalat Shabbat service, click here.
To watch a recording of Saturday morning’s:
– Shacharit Service – click here
–  Rabbi Steinhardt’s Sermon
click here
–  Musaf Service – click here


Do you want to be on ZOOM but have not been successful connecting?
To view a Zoom tutorial on how to join a meeting, click here. If you have questions, please send a note to info@bnai-torah.org or call (561) 392-8566 and we will try our best to have someone be in touch to help you. Staying connected is very important to us. 


Virtual Learning in our schools:
This past Sunday, The Mirochnick Religious School held a ZOOM Passover lessson. Rabbi Englander joined in and delivered a special and meaningful message to the students and parents, followed by music and song led by Laura Lenes. We had over 90 participants!

          

The Ruth and Edward Taubman Early Childhood Center is holding daily lessons (click here to view class schedule) as well as school-wide Shabbat with Miss Naomi, Rabbi Steinhardt and Cantor Magda Fishman. Click here to watch Havdalah with Miss Lani.

     


Helpful Articles and Resources:
1. From the Wall Street Journal: Family Going Stir Crazy? These Apps, Websites and Games Could Help

 

Update as of Thursday, March 26, 2020

An important message about Shabbat Services:
Beginning tomorrow night, Shabbat services will be accessible via ZOOM meeting only. EVERYONE with a computer can use Zoom! To join us from your home, please follow these instructions:

FRIDAY EVENING Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat
Time: Mar 27, 2020 at 5:45 pm
Click here to join the ZOOM meeting and watch this service on a computer or iPhone/iPad.
You can also visit: https://zoom.us/j/147982137
To listen on your phone only, call this number: (929) 205 6099;
Enter this meeting ID number when prompted: 147 982 137#

SHABBAT MORNING SERVICE
Time: Mar 28, 2020 8:45 am
Click here to join the ZOOM meeting and watch this service on a computer or iPhone/iPad.
You can also visit: https://zoom.us/j/898178968
To listen on your phone only, call this number: (929) 205 6099;
Enter this meeting ID number when prompted: 898 178 968#

SATURDAY AFTERNOON SERVICES
Time: Mar 28, 2020 7:30 pm
Click here to join the ZOOM meeting and watch this service on a computer or iPhone/iPad.
You can also visit: https://zoom.us/j/657084248
To listen on your phone only, call this number: (929) 205 6099;
Enter this meeting ID number when prompted: 657 084 248#


Jewish Renewal Services: 
Join Rabbi Amy Grossblatt Pessah via ZOOM this Shabbat, March 28th at 9:30 am
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/452259548
Meeting ID: 452 259 548


Daily Minyan:
Morning and evening minyan will continue to be accessible via live stream. Click here or visit www.btcboca.org and click ‘Shabbat and Minyan Streaming’ on the top right corner of the screen.

Weekday Shacharit – 8 am, Monday through Friday; 8:45 am on Sunday
Evening Mincha/Ma’ariv – 5:30 pm, Sunday through Thursday

Update as of Tuesday, March 24, 2020

This is what the ‘New Normal’ looks like in our schools…

Mirochnick Religious School: Every day, our kids are interacting with their teachers on platforms such as Seesaw and ZOOM and learning from home. Below are some pictures of virtual Tefillah with Ms. Cathy and music with Laura Lenes…

              

The Ruth and Edward Taubman Early Childhood Center: Each class has been holding daily virtual lessons on ZOOM and the children have been so excited to participate and see their teachers and friends on their computer screens! We also held our regular Friday morning Shabbat service via livestream and Miss Lani led havdalah on Monday morning. Enjoy some pictures…

              


Virtual Classes and Offerings from B’nai Torah…

eWorkshop: The Passover Seder
Wednesday, March 25 at 4 pm
Join Rabbi David Steinhardt and Cantor Magda Fishman via ZOOM.
To join this ZOOM workshop, click here or follow this link: https://zoom.us/j/218669368
Meeting ID: 218 669 368

Talmud Class with Rabbi David Englander
Thursday, March 26 at 9 am
To join this ZOOM class, click here or follow this link: https://zoom.us/j/7020201027
Meeting ID: 702 020 1027
If you need the text and were not in class last week, please email rabbi.englander@bnai-torah.org

Torah Study Class with Rabbi David Steinhardt
Friday, March 27 at 8 am
To join this ZOOM class, follow this link: https://zoom.us/j/381049713
Meeting ID: 381 049 713

A Healing Service
Sunday, March 29 at 10 am
Led by Cantor Fishman and Rabbi Steinhardt. The link to join this service via ZOOM will be emailed later this week. 

Virtual Lunch & Learn with Rabbi David Englander
Tuesdays at 12:15 pm
To join this ZOOM class, click here or follow this link:
https://zoom.us/j/376227858

Meeting ID: 376 227 858

Melton offerings… Study Online With Melton All Week Long
Melton is pleased to offer a selection of sessions at no cost from their extensive course library ONLINE to learners around the world via ZOOM. Click here to view class offerings.


 
BRUSY goes virtual too…

With a Living Room Scavenger Hunt!
Kadima and USY will hold their first ZOOM meeting this Thursday, March 26th at 5 pm
All Jewish 6-12th graders are invited! If you have any questions, email Kara Hitner, Youth Director at BRUSY@bnai-torah.org.

To participate, click here or follow this link: https://zoom.us/j/752342106 


  
Passover Meals to Go:

Rose Caterers is pleased to offer TO GO Passover Meals. Click here to download the menu. To place an order, please contact Jack Herman at VIPkait@gmail.com or (561) 241-8000.


 

Volunteer Opportunities For Adults and Children:

Passover Cards for Seniors:
Residents of senior living facilities such as Stratford Court are not able to receive visitors and are feeling very isolated. This mitzvah can bring a smile to their face and a bit of comfort in knowing someone is thinking about them. Please have your child/ren make home-made cards and mail them to:
Stratford Court
Attention: Andrea Peleg
6343 Via de Sonrisa del Sur
Boca Raton, FL 33433

Meals with Meaning:
Given the current situation, the homeless meals program that TLC participates in on Sundays at St. Gregory’s Church has changed and we are now offering ‘Grab and Go’ bags filled with food and toiletries. There are two ways you can help:
1. We have partnered with three local restaurants to make sandwiches to be included in our grab and go bags. Each sandwich is $5. This helps not only the homeless community, it also supports local businesses and helps people keep their jobs. If you’d like to get involved by sponsoring this program, please email Summer Faerman, TLC Director, at summerf@bnai-torah.org.
2. You can purchase something from TLC’s Amazon wish list and it will be included in our packages and delivered to our weekly feeding site. Click here to view the list.

Phone Tree:
If you can volunteer to make phone calls from your home to our congregants to check in and let them know B’nai Torah is here should they need help, please contact Summer at summerf@bnai-torah.org.


Another ‘Monster Insight’
Enjoy these videos created by Avi Steinhardt. Click here to watch this and other Monster Insight videos on YouTube!


If you can’t see the image, click here


Daily Minyan and Shabbat Services Reminder:
All services (Shabbat services as well as morning and evening minyan) will continue to be accessible via live stream. Click here or visit www.btcboca.org.

*Schedule of Services: 
Friday Evening Kabbalat Shabbat – 5:45 pm
Saturday Morning Shabbat Services – 8:45 am
Saturday Mincha/Ma’ariv/Havdalah – 7:30 pm
Weekday Shacharit – 8 am, Monday through Friday; 8:45 am on Sunday
Evening Mincha/Ma’ariv – 5:30 pm, Sunday through Thursday
Jewish Renewal Services: 
Join Rabbi Amy Grossblatt Pessah via ZOOM this Shabbat, March 28th at 9:30 am
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/452259548
Meeting ID: 452 259 548



BocaHelps.com Community Outreach
The City of Boca Raton, together with four community partners (Hands On Tzedakah, The Spirit of Giving, BRICA – Boca Raton Interfaith Association, and The Silver Logic) has launched BocaHelps.com, a website created with the purpose of connecting people who need help with people who want to help. Visit www.bocahelps.com for more information.


Limmud North America… An eFestival of Learning
March 29, 2020 
A virtual gathering of Jewish community and ideas during this time of social distance. Featuring Sandra Lilienthal, Rabba Yaffa Epstein, Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein, Esther Kustanowitz and more. Click here to view offerings.

Podcasts:
Jewish Public Media
Unorthodox (a smart, fresh, fun weekly take on Jewish news and culture hosted by Mark Oppenheimer, Stephanie Butnick, and Liel Leibovitz)
Shalom Hartman Institute of North America

Update as of Monday, March 23, 2020

New Virtual Classes and Offerings from B’nai Torah and Beyond…

Virtual Lunch & Learn with Rabbi David Englander
Tuesday, March 24 at 12:15 pm
Topic: A Selection of Jewish Responses to the Corona Virus
To join this ZOOM class, click here or follow this link:
https://zoom.us/j/370535391?pwd=MVpoMFFtNGRma2FaUU5ZK2drZFVsdz09

Meeting ID: 370 535 391

eWorkshop: The Passover Seder
Wednesday, March 25 at 4 pm
Join Rabbi David Steinhardt and Cantor Magda Fishman via ZOOM.
To join this ZOOM workshop, click here or follow this link: https://zoom.us/j/218669368
Meeting ID: 218 669 368
A link to download the text for this workshop will be included in our email tomorrow…. stay tuned.

Talmud Class with Rabbi David Englander
Thursday, March 26 at 9 am
To join this ZOOM class, click here or follow this link: https://zoom.us/j/7020201027
Meeting ID: 702 020 1027
If you need the text and were not in class last week, please email rabbi.englander@bnai-torah.org

Torah Study Class with Rabbi David Steinhardt
Friday, March 27 at 8 am
To join this ZOOM class, follow this link: https://zoom.us/j/381049713
Meeting ID: 381 049 713

A Healing Service
Sunday, March 29 at 10 am
Led by Cantor Fishman and Rabbi Steinhardt. The link to join this service via ZOOM will be emailed later this week. 

Melton offerings… Study Online With Melton All Week Long
Melton is pleased to offer a selection of sessions at no cost from their extensive course library ONLINE to learners around the world via ZOOM. Click here to view class offerings.


Limmud North America… An eFestival of Learning
A virtual gathering of Jewish community and ideas during this time of social distance.
Featuring Sandra Lilienthal, Rabba Yaffa Epstein, Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein, Esther Kustanowitz and more. Click here to view offerings.


 
BRUSY goes virtual too…

With a Living Room Scavenger Hunt!
Kadima and USY will hold their first ZOOM meeting this Thursday, March 26th at 5 pm
All Jewish 6-12th graders are invited! If you have any questions, email Kara Hitner, Youth Director at BRUSY@bnai-torah.org.

To participate, click here or follow this link: https://zoom.us/j/752342106 


Helpful Articles and Resources:
1. Baptist Health South Florida is now offering Care On Demand. This service allows you to see a physician from any mobile device or personal computer – any time, 24/7. Click here.
2. How to Cope With Loneliness During the Coronavirus Pandemic
3. Meditation: A simple practice which can reduce stress.
4. Quaranteenagers: Strategies for Parenting in Close Quarters.


BocaHelps.com Community Outreach
The City of Boca Raton, together with four community partners (Hands On Tzedakah, The Spirit of Giving, BRICA – Boca Raton Interfaith Association, and The Silver Logic) has launched BocaHelps.com, a website created with the purpose of connecting people who need help with people who want to help. Visit www.bocahelps.com for more information.



Passover Meals to Go:

Rose Caterers is pleased to offer TO GO Passover Meals. Click here to download the menu. To place an order, please contact Jack Herman at VIPkait@gmail.com or (561) 241-8000.


 

Volunteer Opportunities For Adults and Children:

Passover Cards for Seniors:
Residents of senior living facilities such as Stratford Court are not able to receive visitors and are feeling very isolated. This mitzvah can bring a smile to their face and a bit of comfort in knowing someone is thinking about them. Please have your child/ren make home-made cards and mail them to:
Stratford Court – Attention: Andrea Peleg
6343 Via de Sonrisa del Sur, Boca Raton, FL 33433

Meals with Meaning:
Given the current situation, the homeless meals program that TLC participates in on Sundays at St. Gregory’s Church has changed and we are now offering ‘Grab and Go’ bags filled with food and toiletries. There are two ways you can help:
1. We have partnered with three local restaurants to make sandwiches to be included in our grab and go bags. Each sandwich is $5. This helps not only the homeless community, it also supports local businesses and helps people keep their jobs. If you’d like to get involved by sponsoring this program, please email Summer Faerman, TLC Director, at summerf@bnai-torah.org.
2. You can purchase something from TLC’s Amazon wish list and it will be included in our packages and delivered to our weekly feeding site. Click here to view the list.

Phone Tree:
If you can volunteer to make phone calls from your home to our congregants to check in and let them know B’nai Torah is here should they need help, please contact Summer at summerf@bnai-torah.org.


Introducing ‘Monster Insight’
We all could use a few moments to redirect ourselves. Enjoy these videos created by Avi Steinhardt. Click here to watch on YouTube!


Daily Minyan and Shabbat Services Reminder:
All services (Shabbat services as well as morning and evening minyan) will continue to be accessible via live stream. Click here or visit www.btcboca.org.

*Schedule of Services: 
Friday Evening Kabbalat Shabbat – 5:45 pm
Saturday Morning Shabbat Services – 8:45 am
Saturday Mincha/Ma’ariv/Havdalah – 7:30 pm
Weekday Shacharit – 8 am, Monday through Friday; 8:45 am on Sunday
Evening Mincha/Ma’ariv – 5:30 pm, Sunday through Thursday

Online learning for kids:
JewishInteractive.org
Bimbam
Family Fun – From the JEC
PJLibrary
Scholastic
PBS Kids

Online learning for adults:
Sefaria.org
ELI Talks (like TED talks but for Jews!)
Melton School for Adult Jewish Learning is offering some free courses
Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem
Hadar.org
JTS Torah Online

Podcasts:
Jewish Public Media
Unorthodox (a smart, fresh, fun weekly take on Jewish news and culture hosted by Mark Oppenheimer, Stephanie Butnick, and Liel Leibovitz)
Shalom Hartman Institute of North America

Update as of Thursday, March 19, 2020

As more and more of us are working and studying from home, below is a list of online resources we thought you may find helpful.

Online learning for kids:
JewishInteractive.org
Bimbam
Family Fun – From the JEC
Scholastic
PBS Kids
Online learning for adults:
Sefaria.org
ELI Talks (like TED talks but for Jews!)
Melton School for Adult Jewish Learning is offering some free courses
Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem
Hadar.org
JTS Torah OnlinePodcasts:
Jewish Public Media
Unorthodox (a smart, fresh, fun weekly take on Jewish news and culture hosted by Mark Oppenheimer, Stephanie Butnick, and Liel Leibovitz)
Shalom Hartman Institute of North America
BocaHelps.com Community Outreach:
The City of Boca Raton, together with four community partners (Hands On Tzedakah, The Spirit of Giving, BRICA – Boca Raton Interfaith Association, and The Silver Logic) has launched BocaHelps.com, a website created with the purpose of connecting people who need help with people who want to help. Visit www.bocahelps.com for more information.

Torah Tidbit from Rabbi David Englander:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shabbat with The Ruth and Edward Taubman Early Childhood Center:
Every Friday morning beginning at 9:30 am, our ECC students gather in the sanctuary to celebrate Shabbat. This week, they will all be watching from home! Join Naomi Gordon and Cantor Magda Fishman via live stream… click here.

Volunteer Opportunity For Your Children:
TLC is looking for children to create home-made Passover cards for seniors. If you’d like to participate, please have your child/ren make 10 Passover cards and mail them to:
Stratford Court
Attention: Andrea Peleg
6343 Via de Sonrisa del Sur
Boca Raton, FL 33433

Daily Minyan and Shabbat Services Reminder:
All services (Shabbat services as well as morning and evening minyan) will continue to be accessible via live stream. Click here or visit www.btcboca.org.

*Schedule of Services: 
Friday Evening Kabbalat Shabbat – 5:45 pm
Saturday Morning Shabbat Services – 8:45 am
Saturday Mincha/Ma’ariv/Havdalah – 7:30 pm
Weekday Shacharit – 8 am, Monday through Friday; 8:45 am on Sunday
Evening Mincha/Ma’ariv – 5:30 pm, Sunday through Thursday

A message from JFS:

The vital work of Ruth and Norman Rales Jewish Family Services will continue during this time. We want to assure you that they are up and running, working remotely and collaborating with partner agencies every day to fulfill their essential roles for our community and our people. JFS will continue to offer food pantry services, financial assistance and counseling to those wishing to utilize their resources.
Our JFS outreach coordinator, Ariel Mantzoor, MSW will be available by email (ArielM@ralesjfs.org) and voicemail (561-852-3326) to connect with anybody in need.

Update as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Concern over the spread of Coronavirus can make adults and children feel a lot of anxiety, fear and uncertainty.
Below are some helpful articles on how to deal with and reduce stress:
CDC: Managing Anxiety & Stress
National Association of School Phsychologists: Talking to Children About COVID-19
Prevention Magazine: 8 Ways to Relieve Coronavirus-Induced Anxiety, According to Psychologists
ADAA: How to Talk to Your Anxious Child or Teen About Coronavirus
ADAA: How to Manage Anxiety and Isolation During Quarantine
Mindful: Anxiety is Also Contagious. Here’s How to Calm Down

A message from JFS:
The vital work of Ruth and Norman Rales Jewish Family Services will continue during this time. We want to assure you that they are up and running, working remotely and collaborating with partner agencies every day to fulfill their essential roles for our community and our people. JFS will continue to offer food pantry services, financial assistance and counseling to those wishing to utilize their resources.Our JFS outreach coordinator, Ariel Mantzoor, MSW will be available by email (ArielM@ralesjfs.org) and voicemail (561-852-3326) to connect with anybody in need.


Update from BTC:
B’nai Torah clergy and staff is still hard at work! Our weekly programming meeting took place this morning on ZOOM as we practice social distancing. We are all in this together!


Volunteer Opportunity from Summer Faerman, TLC Director:

If you can volunteer to make phone calls from your home to our senior congregants to check in and let them know B’nai Torah is here should they need help, please contact Summer at summerf@bnai-torah.org.
Hundreds of calls have already been made by our volunteers, but our goal is to reach everyone. And if you are in need of support, you do not need to wait for a call – please call the synagogue office (561-392-8566) to reach us so we can try to help. We are committed to our community and especially those that may be directly impacted medically, financially or emotionally.

Daily Minyan and Shabbat Services Reminder:
All services (Shabbat services as well as morning and evening minyan) will continue to be accessible via live stream. Click here or visit www.btcboca.org.

*Schedule of Services: 
Friday Evening Kabbalat Shabbat – 5:45 pm
Saturday Morning Shabbat Services – 8:45 am
Saturday Mincha/Ma’ariv/Havdalah – 7:30 pm
Weekday Shacharit – 8 am, Monday through Friday; 8:45 am on Sunday
Evening Mincha/Ma’ariv – 5:30 pm, Sunday through Thursday

Update as of Tuesday, March 17, 2020


A Volunteer Opportunity from Summer Faerman, TLC Director:
If you can volunteer to make phone calls from your home to our senior congregants to check in and let them know B’nai Torah is here should they need help, please contact Summer Faerman at summerf@bnai-torah.org.

Update from Cathy Berkowitz, Mirochnick Religious School Director:
The MRS will be using an educational online platform called SEESAW. Teachers will place activities and lessons once a week which students can access using a code that will be provided via email. Seesaw gives students the ability to respond in various ways – drawing, video, photograph, writing, audio, etc. Live Hebrew classes will be offered via ZOOM virtual classroms to help students continue their learning of Torah/Haftarah blessings, Morning (Shacharit) service and Hebrew Reading skills. One-on-one tutoring will be available through Skype or FaceTime for students who need individual help.

Update from Naomi Gordon, The Ruth and Edward Taubman ECC Director:
Our ECC teaching staff will keep our children engaged in fun and educational activities using ZOOM virtual classrooms. Teachers will also be reaching out to each family by phone to check in each week. Most importantly, we want our children, families and staff to stay and feel connected.

Other reminders:
– Talmud class with Rabbi Englander will take place this Thursday from 9:15 to 10 am. To receive the text and a link to click on to join, please email rabbi.englander@bnai-torah.org directly.

– Tomorrow night’s concert ‘The New York Cantors’ has been postponed.

– Our Passover Seders for the second night will not take place live, but there will be live streaming options for you to watch at home. More information about this will follow. 

– All services (Shabbat services as well as morning and evening minyan) will continue to be accessible via live stream. Click here or visit www.btcboca.org.

*Schedule of Services: 
Friday Evening Kabbalat Shabbat – 5:45 pm
Saturday Morning Shabbat Services – 8:45 am
Saturday Mincha/Ma’ariv/Havdalah – 7:30 pm
Weekday Shacharit – 8 am, Monday through Friday; 8:45 am on Sunday
Evening Mincha/Ma’ariv – 5:30 pm, Sunday through Thursday

Update as of Tuesday, March 17, 2020


A Volunteer Opportunity from Summer Faerman, TLC Director:
If you can volunteer to make phone calls from your home to our senior congregants to check in and let them know B’nai Torah is here should they need help, please contact Summer Faerman at summerf@bnai-torah.org.

Update from Cathy Berkowitz, Mirochnick Religious School Director:
The MRS will be using an educational online platform called SEESAW. Teachers will place activities and lessons once a week which students can access using a code that will be provided via email. Seesaw gives students the ability to respond in various ways – drawing, video, photograph, writing, audio, etc. Live Hebrew classes will be offered via ZOOM virtual classroms to help students continue their learning of Torah/Haftarah blessings, Morning (Shacharit) service and Hebrew Reading skills. One-on-one tutoring will be available through Skype or FaceTime for students who need individual help.

Update from Naomi Gordon, The Ruth and Edward Taubman ECC Director:
Our ECC teaching staff will keep our children engaged in fun and educational activities using ZOOM virtual classrooms. Teachers will also be reaching out to each family by phone to check in each week. Most importantly, we want our children, families and staff to stay and feel connected.

Other reminders:
– Talmud class with Rabbi Englander will take place this Thursday from 9:15 to 10 am. To receive the text and a link to click on to join, please email rabbi.englander@bnai-torah.org directly.

– Tomorrow night’s concert ‘The New York Cantors’ has been postponed.

– Our Passover Seders for the second night will not take place live, but there will be live streaming options for you to watch at home. More information about this will follow. 

– All services (Shabbat services as well as morning and evening minyan) will continue to be accessible via live stream. Click here or visit www.btcboca.org.

*Schedule of Services: 
Friday Evening Kabbalat Shabbat – 5:45 pm
Saturday Morning Shabbat Services – 8:45 am
Saturday Mincha/Ma’ariv/Havdalah – 7:30 pm
Weekday Shacharit – 8 am, Monday through Friday; 8:45 am on Sunday
Evening Mincha/Ma’ariv – 5:30 pm, Sunday through Thursday

Update as of Tuesday, March 17, 2020


A Volunteer Opportunity from Summer Faerman, TLC Director:
If you can volunteer to make phone calls from your home to our senior congregants to check in and let them know B’nai Torah is here should they need help, please contact Summer Faerman at summerf@bnai-torah.org.

Update from Cathy Berkowitz, Mirochnick Religious School Director:
The MRS will be using an educational online platform called SEESAW. Teachers will place activities and lessons once a week which students can access using a code that will be provided via email. Seesaw gives students the ability to respond in various ways – drawing, video, photograph, writing, audio, etc. Live Hebrew classes will be offered via ZOOM virtual classroms to help students continue their learning of Torah/Haftarah blessings, Morning (Shacharit) service and Hebrew Reading skills. One-on-one tutoring will be available through Skype or FaceTime for students who need individual help.

Update from Naomi Gordon, The Ruth and Edward Taubman ECC Director:
Our ECC teaching staff will keep our children engaged in fun and educational activities using ZOOM virtual classrooms. Teachers will also be reaching out to each family by phone to check in each week. Most importantly, we want our children, families and staff to stay and feel connected.

Other reminders:
– Talmud class with Rabbi Englander will take place this Thursday from 9:15 to 10 am. To receive the text and a link to click on to join, please email rabbi.englander@bnai-torah.org directly.

– Tomorrow night’s concert ‘The New York Cantors’ has been postponed.

– Our Passover Seders for the second night will not take place live, but there will be live streaming options for you to watch at home. More information about this will follow. 

– All services (Shabbat services as well as morning and evening minyan) will continue to be accessible via live stream. Click here or visit www.btcboca.org.

*Schedule of Services: 
Friday Evening Kabbalat Shabbat – 5:45 pm
Saturday Morning Shabbat Services – 8:45 am
Saturday Mincha/Ma’ariv/Havdalah – 7:30 pm
Weekday Shacharit – 8 am, Monday through Friday; 8:45 am on Sunday
Evening Mincha/Ma’ariv – 5:30 pm, Sunday through Thursday

Update as of Tuesday, March 17, 2020


A Volunteer Opportunity from Summer Faerman, TLC Director:
If you can volunteer to make phone calls from your home to our senior congregants to check in and let them know B’nai Torah is here should they need help, please contact Summer Faerman at summerf@bnai-torah.org.

Update from Cathy Berkowitz, Mirochnick Religious School Director:
The MRS will be using an educational online platform called SEESAW. Teachers will place activities and lessons once a week which students can access using a code that will be provided via email. Seesaw gives students the ability to respond in various ways – drawing, video, photograph, writing, audio, etc. Live Hebrew classes will be offered via ZOOM virtual classroms to help students continue their learning of Torah/Haftarah blessings, Morning (Shacharit) service and Hebrew Reading skills. One-on-one tutoring will be available through Skype or FaceTime for students who need individual help.

Update from Naomi Gordon, The Ruth and Edward Taubman ECC Director:
Our ECC teaching staff will keep our children engaged in fun and educational activities using ZOOM virtual classrooms. Teachers will also be reaching out to each family by phone to check in each week. Most importantly, we want our children, families and staff to stay and feel connected.

Other reminders:
– Talmud class with Rabbi Englander will take place this Thursday from 9:15 to 10 am. To receive the text and a link to click on to join, please email rabbi.englander@bnai-torah.org directly.

– Tomorrow night’s concert ‘The New York Cantors’ has been postponed.

– Our Passover Seders for the second night will not take place live, but there will be live streaming options for you to watch at home. More information about this will follow. 

– All services (Shabbat services as well as morning and evening minyan) will continue to be accessible via live stream. Click here or visit www.btcboca.org.

*Schedule of Services: 
Friday Evening Kabbalat Shabbat – 5:45 pm
Saturday Morning Shabbat Services – 8:45 am
Saturday Mincha/Ma’ariv/Havdalah – 7:30 pm
Weekday Shacharit – 8 am, Monday through Friday; 8:45 am on Sunday
Evening Mincha/Ma’ariv – 5:30 pm, Sunday through Thursday

Update as of Monday, March 16, 2020

Dear Friends,

We all know how difficult these days of a health crisis, closures and uncertainty have been and will continue to be. As you know, we are doing our part to respond responsibly, keep people informed and make our community as safe as possible. Please remember to observe all the safeguards and precautions of which you have been reminded.

Our work here does not end with the closing of our building. This morning our staff met, and we were updated with what has happened and will continue to unfold in the days ahead. Our building is temporarily closed and that means we are becoming a virtual synagogue. Here’s what is happening and what we are working on for the next few days and weeks:

 – All services (Shabbat services as well as morning and evening minyan) will be accessible via live stream by clicking here. *Schedule of services is below.

 – The Mirochnick Religious School, The Ruth and Edward Taubman Early Childhood Center and Family Time will move to online instruction platforms such as Zoom, Google Classroom, Seesaw, Facebook Live and more. Our directors, Cathy Berkowitz, Naomi Gordon and Karen Deerwester and their staffs are busily preparing activities and learning for the appropriate ages.

 – B’nai Mitzvah lessons will be held remotely, either one-on-one via Facetime or in small groups via Whatsapp video chats.

 – Melton classes will continue online using Zoom. Students will receive a link to their specific class so they can join in at the scheduled time.

 – In place of tomorrow’s iEngage Lunch & Learn class with Rabbi Steinhardt, please click here to listen to the latest podcast from the Hartman Institute.

 – Talmud class with Rabbi Englander will be Thursday from 9:15 to 10 am. To receive the text and a link to click on to join, please email rabbi.englander@bnai-torah.org directly. 

 – Shortly you will receive a schedule of adult classes and informal conversations with our Rabbis and Cantors. You will be informed how to either join online or watch via live stream.

 – It is important to know that we are coordinating with volunteers to make phone calls to our older congregants to make sure they have what they need. If you would like to volunteer or if you are in need of help, please contact: Summer Faerman at summer.faerman@bnai-torah.org, Michele Scher at michele.scher@bnai-torah.org, or call (561) 392-8566.

 – Wednesday night’s concert ‘The New York Cantors’ has been postponed.

 – Our Passover Seders for the second night will not take place live, but there will be live streaming options for you to watch at home. More information about this will be forthcoming! 

This will continue for a number of weeks. We are constantly attempting to be responsive and serve as the center of our community. We believe that a silver lining in this is found in the technology that allows us to stay connected. Please continue to check your email and our website www.btcboca.org for updates from the synagogue.

B’Shalom,

Rabbi David Steinhardt
Rabbi David Englander
Helene Ballen
Ed  Sopher

*Schedule of Services: 
Friday Evening Kabbalat Shabbat – 5:45 pm
Saturday Morning Shabbat Services – 8:45 am
Saturday Mincha/Ma’ariv/Havdalah – 7:30 pm
Weekday Shacharit – 8 am, Monday through Friday; 8:45 am on Sunday
Evening Mincha/Ma’ariv – 5:30 pm, Sunday through Thursday

Update as of Sunday, March 15, 2020

Dear Friends,

We know that these are uncertain times and we pledge to communicate with you, our B’nai Torah family and community, as clearly as we can, as often as we need to.  Please continue to check B’nai Torah emails, the new Health & Safety Updates page on our our website, and the BTC Facebook page for updates.

As you have likely already heard, most area synagogues have, in the interest of everyone’s health and consistent with the statements of the CDC and medical professionals, closed their doors.  Sadly, today B’nai Torah joins this effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, in part so that our health care system will not be overwhelmed by many new cases all at once.  As a Jewish community, all matters come second to pikuach nefesh and sh’mirat ha-guf, saving lives and protecting our health and the health of those with whom we come into contact.  We are sure you understand these values, and this difficult decision.

Please read all updates below:

– All services, classes, and programs are cancelled until further notice.  Services will be livestreamed with a single leader present.  In this “hour of emergency” we will count those watching via livestream as part of our minyan.  To watch our services via live-stream, simply click here or visit www.btcboca.org and click on the ‘Shabbat & Minyan Livestreaming‘ link at the very top of the screen. You can also copy and paste this link into your internet browser: https://venue.streamspot.com/ea1d3b1c.

– The upcoming concert ‘The New York Cantors’ has been postponed. A new date will be announced.

– To facilitate your participation from home, consider ordering a copy of Siddur Sim Shalom for Shabbat and Festivals, click here, or go to Amazon and search for ‘Sim Shalom for Shabbat and Festivals.’

– Our security team will be on site to protect our building. Our maintenance staff is currently focused on a deep cleaning, and will continue to clean and maintain our campus.

– A Passover and Seder update will be sent in the near future, as well as announcements on future classes, lectures and conversations online.

– Some Adult Ed classes and learning opportunities will be facilitated via livestream, others will be offered via the interactive Zoom platform. Not familiar with Zoom? You can sample it by joining a “test meeting” here – any computer, phone, or tablet with a webcam can run Zoom, and call-in options are also provided for all Zoom-hosted meetings. Click on www.zoom.us. Zoom is FREE for participants

-If you have tallit, tefillin, or other property at the synagogue please call the office to let us know when you would like to pick it up.

-Our Mirochnick Religious School and The Ruth and Edward Taubman ECC are physically closed, but will be utilizing online platforms to continue to engage students. More to come on this shortly.

– Clergy is available for individual consultation, counseling, and emergencies. The main synagogue phone number provides contact information. Our phones will be answered during business hours, and messages can continue to be left at all hours of the day and night.

Please check in on those who are in vulnerable populations, help out where and how you can, follow guidelines as publicized, and be safe and healthy. We will be in touch again soon.

B’shalom,

Rabbi David Steinhardt
Rabbi David Englander
Helene Ballen, Executive Director   
Ed Sopher, President

 

*To watch the livestream, click on the StreamSpot logo. Streaming does not start until the time scheduled. Previously recorded events are on the right side of the screen. 

 

For the latest information, please go to www.cdc.gov

Update as of Friday, March 13, 2020

Given the current environment and concern for the spread of Covid-19, we have decided to close Shabbat services (Friday night and Saturday morning)Services will be live-streamed* and not open to the congregation and general public. This is to eliminate the large gathering of our congregation, many in the most vulnerable population.

* To watch our services via live-stream, simply click here or visit www.btcboca.org and click on the ‘Shabbat & Minyan Livestreaming‘ link at the very top of the screen (see image below). You can also copy and paste this link into your internet browser: https://venue.streamspot.com/ea1d3b1c.

See you soon in good health,

The Clergy and Leadership of B’nai Torah

*To watch the livestream, click on the StreamSpot logo. Streaming does not start until the time scheduled. Previously recorded events are on the right side of the screen. 

 

Daily minyan, both morning and evening, have been relocated to the sanctuary so they can be live-streamed. If you are saying kaddish you can join in from home while watching.

The Bat Mitzvah in Havurat Shabbat will be open to their invited guests only.

For the latest information, please go to www.cdc.gov

Update as of Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Given the current environment and concern for the spread of coronavirus, we have  proactively created a Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) see below. Our concern is for our congregation and community at large, and in particular those with underlying health conditions and seniors, specifically those over 60 years of age, who may have more serious outcomes from this novel illness.

Despite the lack of spread of disease in our community as of today, we have made some recommendations and decisions out of the abundance of caution for our community. In accordance with CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommendations for social distancing, and in consultation with the MAC, we have decided to:

1. Postpone and/or cancel all large group gatherings
2. Postpone tonight’s concert “FROM SECOND AVENUE TO BROADWAY”
3. Close Shabbat services (Friday night and Saturday morning)Services will be live-streamed* and not open to the congregation and general public.
This is to eliminate the large gathering of our congregation, many in the most vulnerable population.

The situation is rapidly changing and we will continue to keep you informed.

* To watch our services via live-stream, simply click here or visit www.btcboca.org and click on the ‘Shabbat & Minyan Livestreaming‘ link at the very top of the screen (see image below). You can also copy and paste this link into your internet browser: https://venue.streamspot.com/ea1d3b1c.

See you soon in good health,

The Clergy and Leadership of B’nai Torah

*To watch the livestream, click on the StreamSpot logo. Streaming does not start until the time scheduled. Previously recorded events are on the right side of the screen. 

 

*Daily minyan, both morning and evening, have been relocated to the sanctuary so they can be live-streamed. If you are saying kaddish you can join in from home while watching.

Medical Advisory Committee, in addition to our Rabbis, Executive Director, President and other key staff members:
Donald Heiman M.D., board-certified infectious diseases specialist with an office in Boca. Dr Heiman is on staff at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, West Boca Medical Center and Delray Medical Center; and is the medical director of the infection prevention programs at Boca Regional and West Boca.
Bryan J. Wasserman, M.D., FACP Internal Medicine – geriatric medicine
Lisa Rosenfeld, MPH, consultant with the Department of Health Palm Beach County since 2009 and served as the Planning Chief for the H1N1 influenza pandemic. Mrs. Rosenfeld currently serves on the local HERC (Healthcare Emergency Response Coalition) with infection control specialists from the local hospitals, EMS, and emergency management.

For the latest information, please go to www.cdc.gov

 

Update as of Monday, March 9, 2020

We are closely monitoring the Corona Virus (COVID-19) situation and how it affects our Congregation.

We have reviewed the most authoritative source for the latest information– the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as well as the policies and recommendations of the State of Florida and Palm Beach County Health Departments.

Older people and people with severe chronic conditions should take special precautions because they are at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness.

Who is at Higher Risk?
•  Older adults
•  People who have serious chronic medical conditions like: Heart disease, congestive heart failure, Diabetes, Lung disease; asthma, asthmatic bronchitis, emphysema, chronic kidney disease
•  Cancer patients on chemotherapy
•  Immunocompromised patients or patients on immunosuppressive drugs

If you are at higher risk because of your age or because you have a serious long-term health problem, it is extra important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick:

•  Avoid close contact with people who are sick
•  Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
•  To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places – door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something.
•  Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc.
•  Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces. Your risk of exposure to respiratory viruses like COVID-19 may increase in crowded, closed-in settings with little air circulation if there are people in the crowd who are sick.

As of now we plan to keep the Synagogue open and continue with our scheduled services and activities. However, if you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or because you have a serious long-term health problem, it is our recommendation to avoid coming to Synagogue to reduce your risk of exposure.

The situation is rapidly changing and we will continue to keep you informed.

The Clergy and Leadership of B’nai Torah Congregation

For more information and the latest information from the CDC, click here