We mourn the tragic deaths of 45 and the injuries of over 100 others during Lag Ba’omer celebrations in Meron, Israel. We offer our condolences to all those who mourn and our tefilos for a refuah shlaima to all those who are injured. Somehow a tragedy of this magnitude should help us find a way to be more unified and create a greater feeling of ahavas yisroel for all of us.
On a more positive note, this Shabbos afternoon we are going to start our Shabbos afternoon class for men and women. We were unfortunately unable to have the class last year, but now, Baruch Hashem, we are in a better position to start again. This year I have chosen the topic of our series to be “Making It Work: A Practical Guide to Halacha In the Workplace”. This theme came from a book by Ari Wasserman with that very same title. For those who may not remember, Ari Wasserman is our member Gila Gellis’s brother-in-law, who spoke in our shul on some of his visits here in the past. I am very excited about this topic for our class and I hope you will join us for what I hope will be an interactive discussion of some of the many topics covered in Ari Wasserman’s book. Our class will be at 5:30 PM. on Shabbos afternoon followed by the first Mincha at 6:15 PM. I hope you can join us.
As I mentioned last week, on Shavuos, the shul will be available for learning opportunities. On the first night, the YIGC Kollel will be hosting learning in the Beis Medrash; a flyer will be forthcoming with details. In addition, I am excited to announce the return of our medical panel discussion on the second day of Shavuos; more details to follow.
We mentioned a few weeks ago that we continue to reassess the possibility of easing COVID-19-related limitations in the shul. B”H the changes we instituted earlier this month have gone extremely well. Moving forward, beginning on Shavuos, we are allowing refreshments back into into the building. Refreshments will be available on Shavuos for those who chose to participate. While some not be ready to participate in communal refreshments, tables will be set up and spaced outside the Beis Medrash, separated from the learning.
Have a great Shabbos.