Maybe this summer doesn’t seem like it will be a ‘traditional’ one for many of us but it can still hold endless potential. At least the beaches and the parks are still available to us – even if we have to distance ourselves or walk and smell the flowers instead of listening to music. Here’s a quote I came across recently: “Lack of direction, not lack of time is the problem. We all have twenty-four-hour days”. Sometimes it helps to make a plan, a list, a schedule – whatever you want to term it – to give some structure to these days…and there are so many ways to occupy ourselves! Even though we’ve driven around our neighborhoods, getting out for a stroll and viewing local homes and gardens from the ground is refreshing. Book clubs abound (especially here at Temple Beth El). Local libraries are a great remote resource for audiobooks, movies, music or e-learning. Maybe now is the time to learn a new language (Hebrew?) using online tools like Babbel. The Suffolk Y JCC, among other facilities, is offering free exercise classes, from chair yoga to cardio dance.
Many of our Chai Clubbers have also been joining the variety of Zoom sessions offered by Rabbi and Cantor, enjoying chat sessions, meditation, singalongs, bible study and more. Trivia night was great fun!
Chai Club is doing its best to keep in touch with outreach phone calls and Zoom Board meetings. I hope we all enjoy this summer even in a non-traditional way – and maybe gather virtually for our pool party!