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KH Activities - Coronavirus

03/19/2020 10:10:57 AM

Mar19

This page will provide current information of Congregation Kol Haverim's activities and responses to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). 

For the latest information, resources, and guidance related to coronavirus (COVID-19), visit ct.gov/coronavirus.


Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford - Get relief help for COVID-19 (Posted April 2, 2020)

04/02/2020 03:14:56 PM

Apr2

 

 

April 2, 2020

Dear Friends,

 

Are you or a friend or family member in Greater Hartford struggling because of the COVID-19 pandemic? The Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford, Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, and Jewish Family Services are here to help.

Please fill out this form to request help. We are coordinating kosher and kosher for Passover food and meal deliveries, soap and shampoo kits, menstrual hygiene products, and friendly phone calls across the Greater Hartford area. We can also refer you to counseling.

We will only share your information with those who will be helping you.

Click here to fill out the form.

Sincerely,

Your friends at the Jewish Community Foundation, Federation and Jewish Family Services

 

Office Message (posted March 23, 2020)

03/23/2020 03:00:43 PM

Mar23

Due to the current State of Connecticut mandate which closes all non-essential businesses, the Temple office is now closed. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Rabbi Kari: rabbi@kolhaverim.org or Christine: office@kolhaverim.org by email or phone: 860-633-3966. They may not be physically in the building, but they will be checking messages regularly. 

If you are in need of gift cards, please contact Christine and she will make arrangements for pick up/delivery.

Stay safe and stay connected everyone.

Shabbat Services and Torah Study are now being livestreamed using Zoom (posted March 21, 2020)

03/21/2020 07:50:53 AM

Mar21

Shabbat Service: Friday at 7:30 PM
Torah Study: Saturday at 10 AM

See our Streaming Services Page for Detailed Instructions on How to Join

Feeding Our Neighbors (March 18, 2020 Update)

03/19/2020 10:05:19 AM

Mar19

Dear Friends,
The opportunity to feed our beloved neighbors continues into next week, March 23 and 25 at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 75 Griswold St, Glastonbury, CT.

You can volunteer for Set up, Serving, or Clean up here: https://southcongregational.ccbchurch.com/goto/scheduling/3/public
Please note that, though South Church is organizing the volunteers, the event takes place at St. Mark!

If you want to help with monetary donations, you can use Glastonbury Interfaith’s Venmo account:  Glastonbury Interfaith@Cheryl-Hoffman-85339. Members of Kol Haverim may also donate online to the Rabbi Discretionary Fund, earmarked for Food Drive or relief for families who may be struggling at this time.  Use this link PAY HERE and select "Donation", then "Type" of "Rabbi Discretionary Fund".  
Stay tuned for additional food drives and needs as our current situation evolves.

We at Glastonbury Interfaith are so very grateful for the outpouring of support. Now more than ever, we need to take care of each other and you all are doing that so well.

Peace and Health to each of you,

Glastonbury Interfaith

March 17, 2020 - Updated message

03/17/2020 10:12:54 AM

Mar17

March 17, 2020 updated message.

The interfaith food drive that we organized with our friends at St. James, St. Marks, and South Church has been successful. We have gathered 250 bags of dry goods, 30 bags of produce, 500 sack lunches, $800 in cash donations, the use of a truck several days this week (thank you Arnold Berman), and cooperation from over 30 volunteers (including Arnold and Elizabeth Berman, Jen Malz, Alex Collins, Sam Collins, Ben Greene, Carolyn Greene, Nik Herlands, and Richard Renert – let me know if I forgot anyone!).

Yesterday we were able to distribute a week’s worth of groceries (plus bagged lunches from Jersey Mikes) to 30 families in Welles Village. Everyone seemed really grateful. Today (Tuesday) we’ll distribute again, this time at CKH from 9-12. Wednesday the distribution will take place at South Church, again from 9-12. Volunteers are always welcome.

We even received some news coverage while collecting donations (by a reporter who mistakenly thought we were at the synagogue, but hey) – here’s the link:
https://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/synagogue-hosts-food-drive-for-families-in-need/2239181/

Four Glastonbury clergy made this happen: Larissa Forsythe (who’s the pastor at South Church and who also appears in the video), Cheryl Hoffman (who is the pastor at the church where we gathered the food) and Denise Cabana (who is the pastor at the church that runs Carol’s Closet), and I all worked together to lead this project. It has been a source of inspiration to us all, to see how our faith communities actually enact what we preach.

KOL HAVERIM UPDATES.

I also wanted to follow up my earlier message regarding livestreaming the Friday night services. I’ll send a detailed how-to message in the next day or so. I just wanted to let you know that we are working on making the service feel like you’re really right there. We’ve got a good camera and microphone set-up; it should feel like I’m standing in your living room.

Starting this Saturday morning, I am also going to be offering on-line Torah study by Zoom every Saturday morning. No experience or prior knowledge necessary: we’ll discuss the weekly Torah portion together.

In the week to come, I’ll start adding to the schedule: definitely a series of meditation sessions, prayers for healing, and maybe another class.

What about the office? Our staff is mostly working from home right now, and the preschool is no longer meeting, which is why the building is mostly empty. For me, that’s the hardest part, since the building is so often the hub of so much activity. But we will find new ways to connect. So you know: if you call my office number, it rings to my home, so you can reach me as needed. Otherwise, it makes sense to send an email if you need to reach any of us.

Last thing: if you would like some rabbinic time and attention, that can be arranged. Email, text, or call me and we’ll find a way to make a connection. I’m here for you. And if you need to have something delivered to you, we have members of the community who have already volunteered to help. That’s what it means to be a community.

All the best,

Kari

March 17, 2020 Update

03/17/2020 09:15:18 AM

Mar17

Shalom members of our beloved community,

I hope that you are well. It has been a difficult week, with all sorts of closings and changes.

A bit of good news: the interfaith food drive that we organized with our friends at St. James, St. Marks, and South Church has been successful. We have gathered 250 bags of dry goods, 30 bags of produce, 500 sack lunches, $800 in cash donations, the use of a truck several days this week (thank you Arnold Berman), and cooperation from over 30 volunteers (including Arnold and Elizabeth Berman, Jen Malz, Alex Collins, Sam Collins, Ben Greene, Carolyn Greene, Nik Herlands, and Richard Renert – let me know if I forgot anyone!).

Yesterday we were able to distribute a week’s worth of groceries (plus bagged lunches from Jersey Mikes) to 30 families in Welles Village. Everyone seemed really grateful. Today (Tuesday) we’ll distribute again, this time at CKH from 9-12. Wednesday the distribution will take place at South Church, again from 9-12. Volunteers are always welcome.

We even received some news coverage while collecting donations (by a reporter who mistakenly thought we were at the synagogue, but hey) – here’s the link:
https://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/synagogue-hosts-food-drive-for-families-in-need/2239181/

Four Glastonbury clergy made this happen: Larissa Forsythe (who’s the pastor at South Church and who also appears in the video), Cheryl Hoffman (who is the pastor at the church where we gathered the food) and Denise Cabana (who is the pastor at the church that runs Carol’s Closet), and I all worked together to lead this project. It has been a source of inspiration to us all, to see how our faith communities actually enact what we preach.

I also wanted to follow up my earlier message regarding livestreaming the Friday night services. I’ll send a detailed how-to message in the next day or so. I just wanted to let you know that we are working on making the service feel like you’re really right there. We’ve got a good camera and microphone set-up; it should feel like I’m standing in your living room.

Starting this Saturday morning, I am also going to be offering on-line Torah study by Zoom every Saturday morning. No experience or prior knowledge necessary: we’ll discuss the weekly Torah portion together.

In the week to come, I’ll start adding to the schedule: definitely a series of meditation sessions, prayers for healing, and maybe another class.

What about the office? Our staff is mostly working from home right now, and the preschool is no longer meeting, which is why the building is mostly empty. For me, that’s the hardest part, since the building is so often the hub of so much activity. But we will find new ways to connect. So you know: if you call my office number, it rings to my home, so you can reach me as needed. Otherwise, it makes sense to send an email if you need to reach any of us.

Last thing: if you would like some rabbinic time and attention, that can be arranged. Email, text, or call me and we’ll find a way to make a connection. I’m here for you. And if you need to have something delivered to you, we have members of the community who have already volunteered to help. That’s what it means to be a community.

All the best,

Kari

March 15, 2020 - Update from Karen Trager

03/15/2020 10:16:27 AM

Mar15

There is no school on Sundays or Wednesdays until the CDC and the State of CT clear us. And Katie and Jeremy should be hearing from their teachers with work to do.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah tutoring will now take place via FaceTime or phone (both adult and peer tutors).

We are currently developing a plan to get prayer books to students so that all of you will be able to join our t’filot (worship services) on Sundays and Wednesdays. We will share details as we determine them.

NPR has posted a comic for kids that explores what kids want to know about the Coronavirus. This may be a helpful resource for you in talking about the current situation. Click here  to view the comic.

FOOD DRIVE FOR GLASTONBURY SCHOOL FAMILIES.

03/14/2020 06:31:25 PM

Mar14

March 14, 2020


The Glastonbury Interfaith Leaders have come together to help feed the 700 children who will not be receiving the free lunch meal (for some their only hot meal of the day) now that the school system has closed.
If you would like to help, here's how:
Purchase or find any of the following food items:
-Peanut butter
-Chunky soups and stews
-Tuna
-Pasta and Pasta sauce in plastic jars
-Cereal — cold and hot
-Canned fruit/vegetables
-Mac and cheese
-100% fruit juice

Drop off items at the Lutheran Church of St. Mark, 75 Griswold Street (across from Nabuc Elementary School) between 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM on Sunday, March 15 (and as many following Sundays as necessary)

Help pack food boxes at St. Mark starting at 1:00 PM on Sunday. You may want to bring gloves.

Our 18’ truck will arrive at St. Marks at 12:30 pm on Sunday. It will have some supplies (like laundry rolling baskets and banquet tables) to make packing easier. The school district will bring bags and boxes.
We will create grocery bags of food for families; the plan is to hand out one bag per car/walk-up customer. We are using the honor system; anyone who comes will get food, so long as supplies last.

We will offer bags of food from 9-12 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday at the following locations:

Monday: Welles Village at their distribution point
Tuesday: the parking lot of Congregation Kol Haverim at 1079 Hebron Ave.
Wednesday: the parking lot of South Church at 949 Main St. in South Glastonbury

Extra food will be stored at St. Marks, as we will likely need to do this again next week.
Thank you all for making this thing happen!

Rabbi Dr. Kari Tuling
Congregation Kol Haverim

Thu, April 2 2020 8 Nisan 5780