The New Normal

The new normal.  What exactly is the new normal?  It’s more than a simple expression.  A lot of things we did before the pandemic may not be done the same way in the future. That’s the new normal. For a time this past summer, with the advent of vaccines it felt that things might just return to some semblance of normalcy.  Unfortunately, the Delta variant reared its ugly head to remind us that we’re not out of the woods yet.  What is it that the Rabbi is fond of saying?  “Man plans and God laughs.”

When the decision was made to hold the High Holy Days virtually it kicked off all kinds of emotion and debate among our partners.  No matter that the decision went through channel after channel… Rabbi, President, Health and Safety Committee, Ritual Committee, Executive Committee, Temple Board… everyone had an opinion on what we should have done.  Well, it turned out that the High Holy Days were incredible. Services were live-streamed, and yet everyone had the opportunity to attend in person for the Traveling Shofar, Tashlich and Neilah.

In retrospect, would I have changed anything?  I can honestly say no.  When it came to the health and safety of our temple family, we made the right decision.

We’re in uncharted territory here. So, what does all this mean for us at Temple Beth El moving forward? I wish I had a crystal ball to see what the future holds.  Unfortunately, I don’t.  This leaves me to deal with the facts in the present.

Looking at all the facts that are out there, I see two possible courses of action for Temple Beth El. The first is to continue on exactly as we are now. The second is to begin to open the temple. I believe that, done correctly, we can start to open things up in a safe manner. Live events from Sisterhood, Brotherhood, Chai Club, Continuing Education and more can start to return in person. This month the Executive Committee and Board will be discussing the steps we will be taking to open up Temple Beth El.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support.  Who said this President-thing was going to be easy?