The Jewish Blueprint for Rebuilding, Recreating, Returning

Rebuilding, this is something we Jews have had to do for centuries. Time and time again, we’ve faced dangerous forces that have relentlessly targeted us for destruction. And time and time again, despite unspeakable loss, we’ve miraculously managed to pick up the pieces and reconstruct something incredible.I spent this past week trying to figure out how, when the time is right, to reopen our sanctuary, to reconfigure it to ensure social distancing, to share prayers when the experts say that prayer books should not be used, to incorporate song into our services when science suggests that we should refrain from singing in public and to keep the Torah accessible, touchable to all. Trying to reimagine what it will look and feel like when we all gather together again at Ramat Shalom has been, at times, overwhelming. What’s gotten me through and pushed me forward has been our people’s relentless ability…