Things here at the Temple continue to be quiet, and as much as we are all ready to come back together it has been great to see so many people online. The Temple hosted an All Iowa Hanukkah Candle Lighting and Shabbat Shirah program and it was great to see hundreds of people from across Iowa and beyond to join us for those events.
We are currently in the process of installing some new computers and video equipment so that we will be able to stream events from the Temple well into the future. We are also in the process of budgeting for fiscal year 2022 (July 1 2021 through June 30 2022) and as of right now we are planning for both online services and programs as well as in-person services and programs. I know that several congregants have begun to receive their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, and that is a great sign that next year we should be able to return to in person services.
On the topic of COVID-19 many of you may have heard that my children and I tested positive in the beginning of December. Thankfully my children had no symptoms and I had a mild case. I am also very thankful that mitigation efforts we have taken here at the Temple were successful as none of the other staff ever tested positive or had any symptoms. Wearing masks, social distancing, and proper cleaning worked here.
Unfortunately I was not the only staff member to receive some bad news. In January Charles broke his finger while using the Temple’s snow blower. Thankfully our insurance has covered his medical bills and we purchased a new snow blower. While Charles’ finger was broken, two of Charles’ children and I worked to shovel snow during these recent storms. I think we all hope that we won’t have another 12 inches of snow to shovel.
Until we can all meet together again, if you have any questions please feel free to reach out to our Temple staff.
Thanks and Be Well,