Parashat Vayera Friday Nov 6 :
Candle Lighting: 16:28
End of Shabbat: 17:27
Battery Park Synagogue Welcomes You
Dear Members and Friends,
I hope you and your loved ones continue to stay healthy, safe and secure during these difficult and challenging times.
A continued welcome to our new, updated and expanded website!!
As you know, all synagogues have had to change and adapt to meet the public health concerns brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and Battery Park Synagogue is no different.
After extensive discussions with congregants, public health experts and Rabbi Bender this summer, in early September and continuing through these High Holidays, we have concluded that there is continued concern for the health and safety of our membership, extended family and wider downtown community. That fact, coupled with rising COVID-19 positive rates in parts of New York City and the metropolitan NYC region, means that Battery Park Synagogue will continue to maintain a hybrid religious services model that will include both “live” Zoom and pre-recorded religious services but no “in-person” gatherings for the immediate future.
As you have already seen, our new and updated Battery Park Synagogue website includes many new features –recordings and ritual and prayer explanations - which will allow you to prepare for Shabbat and each Jewish holiday at your convenience. See the website links and drop-down tabs above for details for all of these events.
This week, we have been observing the multi-faceted holiday of Sukkot, which began on the evening of October 2 and was ushered in by a well-attended live Zoom combined Shabbat/erev Sukkot service hosted virtually within one our own member’s community sukkah.
Sukkot continues all week, concluding on the 7th day with the holiday of Hoshana Rabbah and on the 8th day (Saturday, October 10) with Shemini Atzeret, the second time this Jewish New Year where we will recite the traditional Yizkor prayers. (Our unique BPS Yizkor prayerbook can be found above in the drop down tab for those who want to recite the prayers on their own).
Live from Jerusalem, Rabbi Bender will rejoin us at 2:00 pm on Sunday evening October 11 for a Simchat Torah service and celebration. Please see the Zoom link above to connect. Next year, Gd willing, we will be able to gather together in our community sukkah and celebrate together in person.
In addition, to our BPS service on Sunday afternoon, former BPS Rabbi Joseph (Yossie) Goldman, has invited the younger (and young at heart) members of our community to join him in a worldwide Hillel Global Simchat Torah Zoom event starting at 9 pm Saturday night, October 10 Jerusalem time (2 pm Saturday afternoon NYC time). Please see the second link above to join Yossie and a worldwide community including Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Hungary, Israel, United States, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Germany, Moldova, Georgia and Azerbaijan. Yossie promises stories, Torah celebration, songs and community fun.
My sincere thanks to all who continue to support the Battery Park Synagogue. We want to also thank our members who continue to regularly participate in our monthly Friday night Zoom Shabbat services. If you have not joined us yet, we welcome you on future Friday nights. For your convenience, the weekly Sim Shalom Shabbat prayer books are linked on-line via tabs above. I also encourage you to utilize them for your private prayers and meditations.
We all hope and pray that this pandemic will subside in the near future so that we may safely resume our daily and religious lives. As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions, comments or concerns.
I continue to wish you all a sweet, healthy and certainly different New Year! And, as is traditional through the end of Sukkot, I sincerely hope and pray that you will be inscribed in the book of life! Shana tovah v'gmar chatimah tovah!