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Synagogues Mark Covid Milestone with Bicoastal Rituals

Please join Rabbi Darby Leigh of Kerem Shalom (Concord, MA) and Rabbi Jaymee Alpert for a bicoastal special weekend of online Shabbat rituals on March 12 and March 13; marking the one-year anniversary of the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The bicoastal marking of this monumental milestone, by two rabbis, at two synagogues, will begin with a ritual Shabbat service at Kerem Shalom and conclude with a Havdalah service marking the end of Shabbat at Beth David.

Service rituals, to mark the one year yahrzeit of the pandemic (or one year anniversary of loss), will include: lighting of a yahrzeit candle to memorialize and mark the loss of the 500,000+ who have died in the United States, as well as loved ones who have died in the past year; reciting of the Mourner’s Kaddish prayer, traditionally recited in honor of the deceased; a prayer for healing for those who are ill and struggling; ritual hand-washing; and sounding of the Shofar, which is typically blown at Rosh Hashanah, to welcome in the new year; and the lighting of the Shabbat candles and/or Havdalah candle in hope of a brighter future ahead.

Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi Darby Leigh (Zoom)

Friday, March 12, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. (PST)
UPDATE Pre-Register required:

Havdalah with Rabbi Jaymee Alpert (Zoom)

Saturday, March 13, 7:15 – 8:00 p.m. (PST)
To connect with Zoom To connect by phone, call (669) 900-6833 Meeting ID: 956 388 121 Password: 767809