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COVID in the age of Omicron

On Wednesday, December 22, 2021 the TOS Health & Safety Committee met to discuss our COVID-19 policies, in light of the increase in case numbers and presence of the Omicron variant. As we are all aware, COVID-19 case numbers in Massachusetts are among the highest in the nation. As of now, most people who are fully vaccinated (meaning three doses of mRNA vaccines, or one dose of Johnson & Johnsons vaccine boosted with an mRNA vaccine) are protected from severe symptoms. However, we do not yet know the significance of the spread of the Omicron variant on people's long-term health, or those who are at higher risk of more serious symptoms. 

All of our adult TOS programming (Shabbat services, Adult Education classes and committee meetings) will be virtual through the month of January, available on Zoom and livestream. Our schools and offices will remain open. 

Because the situation is ever-changing, we will be in close contact with our Health & Safety committee to make any necessary changes in the coming weeks. We are committed to providing as much notice and transparency as possible. 


See our current COVID-19 Protocols Here

This Week at TOS:

Tuesday, January 18
3:15pm: ARS in Session

Wednesday, January 19
7:30pm: Adult Ed: Pirkei Avot with Rabbinical Student Naomi Gurt Lind (Zoom)

Thursday, January 20
9:00am: Torah for the Heart and Mind with Rabbi Berkman (Zoom)

Friday, January 21
This Shabbat's Torah Portion is Yitro: Exodus 18:1–20:23

6:00pm: Erev Shabbat Services (virtual) (Zoom, Facebook Live, TOS Live!

Saturday, January 22
10:30am: Shabbat Morning Torah Study (virtual) (Zoom)


 Weekly Yahrzeits can be found Here

Anti Racism Training with Kavod- Sign-Up Now!

This winter, join with members of Temple Ohabei Shalom and Shir Hadash to explore the Jewish obligation to create a more just world. Over five weeks, from January 20th -February 17th, we will imagine a world in which Jews of all racial and ethnic backgrounds build authentic, sustained solidarity with one another and in deep relationship with other communities targeted by white supremacy.

Organized and led by Kavod, a justice-oriented Jewish community based in Boston, this workshop series first examines the social construction of race, and the consequences of this social construction in the United States throughout history and into the present. Looking inwards, participants evaluate their personal racial identity and family history to identify how they have benefited from and/or been harmed by racism and antisemitism. Participants also identify the varied, interlocking ways in which white supremacy operates ideologically, institutionally, internally, and interpersonally in the United States.

Then, participants move to action, studying historical examples of Jewish involvement in racial justice work and applying lessons learned to the contemporary needs of the racial justice movement. Participants leave with a commitment toward concrete action to begin or expand their community’s racial justice work.

Registration is limited. Please RSVP here.

Thursdays, Jan 20th - Feb 17th 7:00-9:15pm
Please plan to attend all sessions. 

Circle of Giving

Today, we are asking for your support to complete the Circle of Giving. The Circle of Giving, our annual appeal, supports our impactful worship services, distinctive brand of education, enriching programming and the warm embrace of community offered to all. Like many nonprofit organizations, TOS has not been spared the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to our community and a few loyal and devoted Lamed Vavniks*, over the past eighteen months we have been able to survive, and even thrive. Please give what you can to help us connect with and support one another, celebrate holidays and life cycle events in unique ways, and keep our schools open and safe for children and families.  Give HERE

*Jewish lore holds that at any time in history there are 36 righteous people who are quietly responsible for saving the world. These are the Tzadikim Nistarim (hidden righteous ones), also known as the Lamed Vavniks (Lamed is 30 and Vav is 6). Our goal is for at least 36 family units to pledge at least $36,000 to be paid over a period of one, two, or three years. These contributions will be applied to sustaining ongoing Temple operations, the TOS Hineini and Sanctuary Funds, the TOS endowment.Contact Larry Green, Development Committee Chair, for more information.

Weekly Service Zoom Links and other Zoom Offerings:

As per Zoom's security recommendations, we do not post Zoom links on our public website. They are all sent through email - so be sure you open your emails to get the ZOOM links you'll need! Members who log in to their ShulCloud accounts can find links on this secure web page.

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Contact Cassie Dezii by emailing cdezii@ohabei.org or by calling the TOS office: 617.277.6610.

Sun, January 23 2022 21 Sh'vat 5782