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Important News from EMS

In the light of the Government’s announcement last night and the advice that we have been given we are suspending all shul activities immediately. We do this with the greatest of regret but feel that we have no option in the interests of our community and our responsibility towards the wider community. We will be putting in place a range of “virtual” provision utilising suitable accessible technology and more information on this will follow. 

 

Thus all services will also be cancelled from now until further notice.

 

Our priority now becomes caring for each other and supporting people in need.

 

Caring for each other and COVID-19

  

We will identify the needs across the community as best we can and make contact with some of our most vulnerable members over the coming days. But we can only work with the information we have and circumstances can change daily. So if you or anyone you know is feeling isolated, vulnerable or in need of practical assistance please get in touch with Linda, in the office at admin@edgwaremasorti.org.

 

We appreciate some members would like to volunteer and offer support to deliver food, collect prescriptions, phone and chat to anyone who is isolated (and isolating), frail or vulnerable in some way. Please email Linda, if you are in a position to do so.

 

If you have family who are members of EMS, and not on email, please would you share this information with them.

 

In case of emergency, you can call either of our Chairs: David Grossman on 07730 200792 or Sarah Nathan on 07867 513001.

 

A message from Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg to members of NNLS and relevant to all of us in the Masorti movement:

 

No message in the almost forty years that I have had the privilege of belonging to the New North London has left me with a heavier heart. It feels symbolic that we should have to send it in the very week in which we read the Torah portion Vayakhel, which describes how Moses gathered the Children of Israel together.

 

But that must be our inspiration: we will find ways to look after each other, remain connected, learn Torah, pray and seek out what is sacred and beautiful in life, despite the fact that we cannot gather in person. By phone, on line, by living ve’ahavta lere’acha kamocha, ‘you shall love your neighbour as yourself,’ we will discover new ways to be together with each other, with those we love, with those who especially need our care, with our own souls and with our God. 

 

As in the prayer lefanai Uriel umei’achorai Rephael, may God’s light guide us and God’s healing protect us. May God be with everyone, as our whole society, and countries across the world, work together for the safety and wellbeing of us all.

 

If you have family who are members of EMS and not on email or able to access the website, please would you share this message with them.

Sarah Nathan & David Grossman

Joint Chairs