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Message from our President, Kathy Plante

November 2020

As leaders of the B’nai Zion congregation, it is our responsibility to protect our congregation.  That has been our premise since the beginning of the pandemic and continues to be our number one concern as we wrestle with preparing for on-site services.  At the October Board meeting, our vice-president Sam presented the outcome of an ad hoc Pandemic Preparedness Committee.  Members of that Committee included: Jon Black, David Brainis, Helaine Braunig,  Bernard Lobel, and Bethany Sorkey.  The purpose of the committee was to recommend regulations by which our congregation will operate when initiating “in person” Shabbat Services.  These were approved at the Board meeting and can be found elsewhere in the Bulletin. In further discussion we recognized that CDC and Governmental recommendations also come into play. After considerable discussion the Board also approved a policy that there will not be in-person gatherings at B’nai Zion until Covid-19 cases in Caddo Parish are under 5% and trending lower for two consecutive weeks.  I for one look forward to the day/evening we can hold services in the sanctuary.  I feel like we are close but we must continue to be cautious.

My thanks to members of the Brotherhood and Sisterhood in assembling and dismantling the Sukkah.  As yet another storm approached, it had to be taken down hurriedly and I am sorry we were unable to use it during the entire period of Sukkot.  BUT did you “shake” the Lulav on line? You may not have done it in person but through the creativity of Max and Ron and Rabbi Jana, you could do it using their app. (You can still find the Lulav Shake and Shofar Blaster programs by going to the Holidays link on the B’nai Zion website.) I hope that they are thinking about something for Hanukkah!

We have so much to be thankful for as we look forward to Thanksgiving.  While families may not be gathering in their traditional habits because of concerns for family and friends, I hope you and yours continue to stay safe and healthy.

Stay well, stay safe!

Kathy

Sat, November 28 2020 12 Kislev 5781