Let’s all take action so every American feels valued and appreciated

Sign the NAACP petition: https://naacp.org/campaigns/we-are-done-dying/

Take action with Campaign Zero: https://www.joincampaignzero.org/#campaign

Donate and take action with the ACLU: https://www.aclu.org/

Donate to the Jews of Color initiative: https://jewsofcolorinitiative.org/support/

A note from Rabbi Robyn:

In this time of increased uncertainty and anxiety, we need each other to remain calm, safe, healthy and supported. Please continue to follow the best practices of social distancing and proper hygiene so each of us can contribute to the containment of this highly contagious Covid-19 virus. Beth Or will remain committed in sustaining our virtual community as long as necessary.

 Al tifrosh min hatzibur, do not separate yourself from community. Although the current state of Corona is preventing us from physical contact with one another, we can strive to remain ever connected electronically and virtually, especially with an on-line video conferencing application called Zoom. We are working diligently to keep us connected with one another and to provide help in any way we can. We encourage you to take advantage of our growing list of opportunities and resources below, many of which were lovingly donated by our Beth Or family. Let’s use this time to remain connected, expand our horizons and have fun in the process! If you are interested in sharing your gifts with others and want to try your hand at teaching a class via Zoom, let us know.

Let us be diligent in reaching out to each other with compassion and care, especially to those who may be more isolated or vulnerable. Sometimes just a phone call or an email can help calm fears and decrease loneliness. Of course, if you need any help at all, please do not hesitate to call on us. I, too, am always available to talk or to video chat.

With my blessings,

Rabbi Robyn Fisher

List of Self-Help Resources:

Miami Dade County Corona Virus Resources 

Center for Disease Control & Prevention

Publix Home Delivery

Instacart for delivery from CVS, Publix, Milam’s Costco, Fresh Market and others

CVS Care Pass for free delivery on Rx and other essentials

Wholefoods delivery thru Amazon Prime

A Rabbi’s Guide for Corona Virus Anxiety

Psalms as the Ultimate Self-Help Tool

Jewish Learning:

Take Action for Social Justice

Virtual Volunteer Opportunities from home-Donate time while keeping social distance. Virtual Volunteer Opportunities.

The Greater Miami Jewish Federation is in need of volunteers
The Greater Miami Jewish Federation’s Jewish Volunteer Center is in need of volunteers to make telephone reassurance calls to Jewish seniors in our community. The calls are intended as a friendly check-in and a well being check.
Volunteers will be provided with a list of names, a script to guide the conversation and a link to an online needs assessment survey to document each call. Based on the survey answers, seniors will be linked to services in the community.
If you would like to volunteer, please register by clicking here .
For additional information, or if you have any questions please contact:
Lori Tabachnikoff
Director, Jewish Volunteer Center

Program Descriptions from Outside Beth Or

Daily Mediation Offerings
There are free daily 45 minute MSC meditation sessions being offered from the Center for Mindfulness. Please be aware that the sessions are in Pacific Time, so when scheduling for yourself make sure you make it 3 hours later for Eastern Standard Time.
Beth Or member Patricia Isis will be leading the 4 pm Pacific (7pm EST) sessions on Tuesdays, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21 and Thursday 4/30 4 pm Pacific (7pm EST).

Epicurious – 33 Easy Ideas for Lunch at Home

Meditation classes offered daily, by the Marlene Meyerson JCC, NYC by a number of well-recognized instructors. Click here for the link. 

Torah Study to Sustain the Soul, with Rabbi Jonathan Slater of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, Tuesdays, 12:00 PM-12:25 PM ET. Click here to connect.

Free online Israel courses

(some by Tel Aviv University, Yad Vashem)

Free podcasts about Israeli culture, current events, Zionism and more

Free virtual tours of famous locations in Israel

Free quizzes about Israel that can be done alone or in a group

Free Hebrew online studies

Fun and Interesting Places to Visit online

Poetry, Prayers and Readings

Pandemic by Lynn Unger

What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath—
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now,
on trying to make the world
different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life.
Center down.

And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another’s hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.

Promise this world your love–
for better or for worse,
in sickness and in health,
so long as we all shall live.

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,
One people
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,

We are called unto life, destiny uncertain.

A 20-Second Prayer During Handwashing by Rabbi Joseph Meszler

As I take up my hands
to wash them and
reassure my heart,
I pray for healing and wholeness
for the whole world.
I remember that every life
is unique and of infinite value:
from those living
on the most remote part of the globe
to those in our cities
to our neighbors and family members.
Let me use my hands for good
to help bring love
and compassion to others.
“Let us lift up
our hearts and hands
to the Eternal.” (Lam 3:41)

Yet we offer thanks for what we know,
For health and healing, for labor and repose,
For renewal of beauty in earth and sky,
For that blend of human-holy which inspires compassion,
And for hope: eternal, promising light.
For life, for health, for hope, for beautiful, bountiful blessing, all praise to the Source of Being. (Mishkan T’filah)

Ozi v'Zimrat Yah Hebrew text

Ozi v’Zimrat Yah Vayahi li lishuah

My Strength (balanced) with the Song of God will be my salvation (Psalm 118:14, Exodus 15:2)