The Fair Lawn Jewish Center/Congregation B’nai Israel is conducting virtual Sabbath and weekday services, which are open to members and the larger Jewish community. Services are conducted on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. and on Shabbat mornings at 9:30 a.m., with login at 9 for socializing. Weekday services are daily at 7:30 p.m.
“We welcome everyone who wants to be part of a Conservative egalitarian Shabbat service. Our rabbi, Dina Shargel, fully supports our efforts and participates in a way that doesn’t violate Shabbat,” according to FLJC/CBI president Ellen Wertheim. “Each week, our rabbi delivers a d’var Torah and we recognize those who are observing a yahrzeit. While some prayers are omitted via computer screen, there is always an opportunity to recite the mourner’s kaddish.”
“Fortunately, the Conservative movement has provided rabbis and congregations with guidance in navigating the challenge during our covid-19 pandemic,” Rabbi Shargel said. “We are now able to manipulate the technology so that computers can be pre-set before Shabbat and remain on the next day. That way, people at various levels of religious observance can participate in our services.”
The reaction to the FLJC/CBI services has been overwhelmingly positive. Children are invited to lead specific prayers and the attendees chant the prayer for healing together.
“At this difficult time, so many are feeling lonely, frightened and isolated,” Rabbi Shargel said. “There is a real and pressing need for spiritual sustenance that only coming together as a larger community on Shabbat can bring.” For more information, go to FLJC.com.