To Our Midbar Kodesh Family
We have made the difficult decision to close our entire Midbar Kodesh Temple campus,, in order to help keep everyone safe and healthy. At this point in time, we plan to remain closed through at least May 15, 2020 and will continue to evaluate this fluid situation. Please keep an eye out for messages from Midbar Kodesh, as in the coming days, we will provide updates and information on re-opening plans.
FAQs to help our community navigate through these difficult times
Will services be held?
Services will not be held at Midbar Kodesh.
Rabbi Tecktiel and Cantor Gale will live stream Minyan services at 7:00 AM on Monday and Thursday mornings and 9:00 AM on Sunday mornings through the Midbar Kodesh Temple Facebook page.
Rabbi Tecktiel and Cantor Gale will also live stream Friday evening and Saturday morning Shabbat services, through the Midbar Kodesh Temple Facebook page.
Rabbi Tecktiel and Cantor Gale are available for Lifecycle Events, and Rabbi Tecktiel will determine the safest way to hold a minyan, if necessary.
What if I don’t know how to access the live stream?
Please call Rabbi Tecktiel at 702.454.4848, ext. 100 for assistance.
Will the office be open?
The Midbar Kodesh office will not be open; however, telephones and emails will be forwarded to office staff, who will be working remotely. They will be able to connect calls to any staff, as needed.
Will the ECC be open?
The ECC will not remain open. There will be video and live streaming by teachers of circle time and stories to assist in home education. The ECC Director and teaching staff will be reaching out to you directly with details.
Will Religious School be open?
Religious School will not be held at the campus; however, students will receive video lessons.
Will regular weekly classes be held?
Regular weekly classes will not be held at Midbar Kodesh. Classes such as Talmud Tuesday, Hebrew Class, and Judaism 101 will also be going online. Rabbi Tecktiel and Cantor Gale will reach out directly with more information.
Will our tenants remain open on campus?
Our tenants will also vacate the campus during the closure.
I have more questions – who do I contact?
Please contact Kevin Diamond, co-President, either via email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at the office – 702.454.4848, ext. 3.
We recognize that these are unprecedented times. It is for these exact situations that we believe being part of a synagogue community is so important. Along with the adjustments above, we will continue to reassess our actions moving forward to help maintain a safe and healthy community.
We want to conclude with a prayer of hope by Rabbi Naomi Levy:
A Prayer of Hope During this Pandemic - By Rabbi Naomi Levy
We are frightened, God,
Worried for our loved ones,
Worried for our world.
Helpless and confused,
We turn to You
Seeking comfort, faith and hope.
Teach us God, to turn our panic into patience,
And our fear into acts of kindness and support.
Our strong must watch out for our weak,
Our young must take care of our old.
Help each one of us to do our part to halt the spread of this virus
Send strength and courage to the doctors and nurses
In the frontlines of this battle,
Fortify them with the full force of their healing powers.
Send wisdom and insight to the scientists
Working day and night across the world to discover healing treatments.
Bless their efforts, God.
Fill our leaders with the wisdom and the courage
To choose wisely and act quickly.
Help us, God, to see that we are one world,
Who will rise above this pandemic together.
Send us health God,
Watch over us,
Grace us with Your love,
Bless us with Your healing light.
Hear us God,
Heal us God,