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Services for Individuals with Memory Loss and Their Caregivers

Minyan Ahavah will hold its next virtual Kabbalat Shabbat (welcoming the Sabbath) service on Friday afternoon, November 27, at 5 pm. Cantorial Soloist Josh Gorfinkle and Rabbi Judith Hauptman, Professor Emerita of Talmudic and Rabbinic Culture at JTS, will lead the service and would love to see you there.

For those who wish to avoid clicking on the link during Shabbat, the Zoom will open at 4pm before Shabbat begins. To take advantage of this option, simply join the Zoom call before Shabbat starts, disable your screensaver and any other sleep mode, and leave your computer running. At the end of the meeting, the host will close the Zoom call so you will not need to leave the meeting yourself.

At 5:30pm, right after the half-hour service, there is a Chanukah add-on: a few Chanukah songs from Cantor Josh, a few recorded songs, and a short Chanukah video. Total time: 15 minutes. Zoom in for Kabbalat Shabbat and stay for Chanukah!

You can log in at 5 pm, when the Kabbalat Shabbat service starts, or around 4:45 pm for a schmooze, or - as noted above - at 4 pm before Shabbat starts, and wait for others to join.

The Zoom information for Friday November 27th at any of these times is:
Meeting ID: 212 673 2096
Passcode: 2126732096

Here’s a way for you to participate in the service: we are going to ask you to hold up a Chanukah menorah. Chances are you have one—new or old. Maybe there is a story behind it. We will ask you to tell us something about it in just a few words.
During the Mi Sheberach prayer for healing, you will be able to type in the names of the people for whom you are wishing a speedy recovery. We will read them aloud.
Also, during the mourner’s Kaddish, the Jewish memorial prayer, you can type in the names of relatives or friends whom you are memorializing.
We look forward to greeting you on Friday November 27, at 5 pm, or a few minutes earlier, for a Kabbalat Shabbat service.

Any questions? Write to Rabbi Judith Hauptman at

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Wed, November 25 2020 9 Kislev 5781