The past month has challenged our community
and we are inspired but not surprised how
our volunteers, Rabbis and staff have risen to the challenge.
Our community has two priorities at this time:
- Supporting our members – practically and emotionally, and
- Providing (virtual) “space” for our members to come together as a community – be that to pray, for education or “just” to be together at this time.
We are coordinating our efforts across our Synagogues; developing core teams of volunteers and staff who are keeping in contact with all our members – weekly where appropriate. We have volunteers who have come forward to shop and run errands for members who are self-isolating. Our Rabbis, care co-ordinators and trained volunteers are supporting the unfortunately unprecedented numbers of individuals and families who are ill, hospitalised or bereaved. Please do contact us if you need our help or just feel you need to talk to someone.
Mosaic now has over a dozen opportunities each week for the community to come together online through our Zoom and streamed services and other activities – ritual services, pre-Shabbat catch up, guest speakers and more. We are continuing to add activities and opportunities to come together as a community so please do check the weekly emails and / or look at the Covid-19 page on our website. If you have any ideas or suggestions for things we could be doing then please contact us.
We recognise and are realistic about the scale of the challenge we face, but at the same time are being relentlessly positive in seeking ways to make the best of this situation. We are grateful for the support we are receiving from across the Liberal, Masorti and Reform movements and also from Harrow Bereavement Care and other organisations.
We wish you Chag Sameach and please contact any of us if you would like to discuss this update or anything else.
Jeff Highfield and Mark Phillips, Mosaic Jewish Community co-chairs (contact us)
Daniel Brown, Mosaic Liberal Synagogue chair (contact)
Rabbi Natasha Mann, Mosaic Masorti Synagogue (contact)
Gill Ross and Edwin Lucas, Mosaic Masorti Synagogue co-chairs (contact us)
Rabbi Kathleen Middleton, Mosaic Reform Synagogue (contact)
Lawrence Chadwick, Mosaic Reform Synagogue chair (contact)