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Congregation Beit Shalom

Eli B. Perlman, Rabbi/Hazzan
Joan Kornblum-Ashe, Co-President
Larry Cohen, Co-President
Howard Entin, 1st VP.
Lillian Rich, 2nd VP. and Sisterhood President
Dr. Edward Thompson, 3rd VP.
Bill Lidman, Men's Club President

“This is definitely a congregation like no other.
It is a close family… a very special family!” 
– Rabbi Eli B. Perlman –

Congregation Beit Shalom is a unique Conservative Congregation that is truly a family. We get together to pray, to learn, to laugh, to sing, to schmooze, and to eat. We study and watch movies together. We learn Torah and we share experiences in our lives. More importantly, when someone is in need, we help in ways that inspires.

All Shabbat and Yom Tov morning Services
are being held VirJEWally at 9:30 AM
Click here to join on YouTube.

Shabbat Yitro: Exo. 18.1-20.23
Haftorah Ashkenazi: Isaiah 6.1-7.6, 9.5-6
Haftorah Sephardi: Isaiah 6.1-13

After leaving Egypt in triumph and experiencing G-d’s saving power at the Sea of Reeds, the Jews press onward into the wilderness of Sinai. It is at this time that Moshe’s father-in-law, Yitro (Anglicized as Jethro, but not the one from the Beverly Hillbillies), comes to the camp with advice and counsel. He proceeds to help Moshe establish a workable, while ground-breaking court system. He also brings his daughter, Tzipora, the wife of Moshe, to the camp of the B’nai Yisrael, reuniting her with her husband, the leader of the Nation of Israel.

Now that their position is a bit less precarious than it was in Egypt, B’nai Yisrael can, and do, experience the Revelation of Almighty G-d at Mt. Sinai. It is there and then when we receive the Decalogue which is more commonly, but erroneously referred to as the Ten Commandments. These Aseret HaDibrot (literally Ten Statements or the Ten Pronouncements) give us a taste of the full compendium of Jewish law that is both given and inspired by G-d.

Imagine how it must have felt to see, hear, and feel the lightning, the clouds, the thunder, and the voice of G-d coming from the heavens for days on end! Imagine, indeed – for all Jews, then and now, experienced G-d during our lives.

Upcoming Events

TU B’SHVAT
January 17, 2022 / 15 Shevat 5782 TU B’SHVAT (15 Shevat) – ”Tu” is made up of the two Hebrew letters “Tet” (9) and “Vav” (6), which have the combined numerical value of 15. It is called the “New Year of the Trees” in the Talmud since it is the date from which the tithing year of fruit trees is calculated. In contemporary Israel it is marked by the planting of trees, and, hence, is often called “the Jewish Arbor Day.” It is customary to eat and enjoy the fruits of the land of Israel on Tu B’Shvat.
The Congregation Beit Shalom office will be open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to answer the phone, receive checks, and to provide you with any materials that you may require.
Congregation Beit Shalom is an inclusive and welcoming congregation to all people who wish to attend our services and programs. Given the extreme uptick in cases of Covid19 we are once again following the science and, as a result, are making changes to our Covid 19 policy as we continue to consider the principle of Pikuach Nefesh for our members while at the same time being considerate of all. When we return to in-person Services (probably January 15), and until further notice, all people who enter any part of our synagogue building must be fully vaccinated with boosters (based on the CDC guidelines as to “fully vaccinated”). [Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine | CDC](https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/vaccine-benefits.html) Note: You may be asked to provide proof of vaccination when entering the building. We will also allow entry to those who are not vaccinated but are in possession of a medical exemption and a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of entering the building. All people must wear an approved mask when entering the building and must keep this mask on in a proper manner. [Your Guide to Masks | CDC](https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html#:%7E:text=Wearing%20a%20mask%20over%20your,as%20airports%20and%20train%20stations.) Social distancing is strongly recommended to be followed by all people who are not cohabitating [Social Distancing (cdc.gov)](https://www.cdc.gov/socialmedia/videos/covid-19/asl/social-distancing/316132-A_SocialDistancing_COVID19_ASL.pdf) We will continue to closely monitor the situation in our community, region, and state and will make appropriate modifications to this policy when appropriate. We have made these changes to our Covid 19 policy in an effort to continue to protect the health and safety of all of our members and respectfully request your cooperation in this effort. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact either of our co-presidents [Larry Cohen](mailto:Larry%20Cohen%20%3ccoachlc@msn.com%3e) or [Joan Kornblum Ashe](mailto:Joan%20Kornblum%20Ashe%20%3cjkornblum@yahoo.com%3e). For people who lead Services, have readings, or chant a Haftorah from the Bima, they may remove their masks while there.
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