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Dear TOR, TBY and NTHC members and friends,

Though three separate congregations, we are together, not alone! Especially as we join forces to create online congregation and community during this time of physical distancing!

As promised we are proud to present a robust series of online opportunities and services for our TOR/TAHOE virtual community.  What follows is a list of (at least 2x per day) online classes, conversations and prayer opportunities that represent collaboration and a unique sharing of congregational and community resources.

This week’s online opportunities and services will be offered via Facebook Live and through Zoom.  For some, we understand, the technology is second nature, for others it is new and overwhelming. We are here to help! Each opportunity and service is shared together with a link--all you will need to do is “click” and follow the prompts.  We promise it will become easier over time. And you can always call or email with questions . . . just be patient and understanding! 

Additionally, some programs will require accompanying material (such as texts for Torah study)--all such materials will be on this page, listed with the corresponding program, prior to the start of each service/program. Scroll down to view.

If you are having trouble joining the Zoom Meetings or accessing Facebook Live, email Mary Frank - mary.frank@orrishon.org or send a text message to:  916-926-9018.  

Below is a list of our services and programs for this Monday, March 23 through next Shabbat, Saturday, March 28.  Then again, next Sunday, we will email out the offerings for the following Monday through Shabbat (March 30-April 4).

Wishing you a sense of peace and connection as we work together to create community, together, not alone.

L’shalom,

Rabbis Rabishaw, Yakar & Student Rabbi Lehrman,
Mary Frank, TOR Dir. of Education, Communications & Engagement
TOR/Tahoe Virtual Community 

 
 
Week 2
 
 
Monday, March 30th
 
11:30am-12:30pm Mussar Yoga
Platform: Zoom and Facebook Live
Join Tahoe’s Student Rabbi Chayva Lehrman for Mussar Yoga. Each week we will open with meditation to ground ourselves and focus on a specific value from mussar, the Jewish tradition of self-improvement. That value will be the thread through our day’s yoga practice.
 
7:00pm-8:00pm  Opening Up our Hearts:  How our fears and isolation can be ways of finding God
Platform: Zoom
Join Student Rabbi Art Grand, Academy of Jewish Religion Rabbinic Student, TOR Past President for a teaching and discussion. Times of hardship can teach us to open up our hearts and to find connections far deeper than we ever imagined. Join us as we share our stories and study simple Chassidic texts about finding God in challenging times.
 
 
Tuesday, March 31st
 
10:00am-11:00am AHHH! I’m Home With My Family ALL DAY!!
Platform: Zoom
Join TOR’s Educator/Administrator Mary Frank for a discussion about the challenges families are facing right now and strategies to retain your sanity through it all.
 
7:00pm-8:00pm Origins of the Stories in Genesis, a Torah Study with Mike Frank.
Platform: Zoom
Join NTHC Torah Scholar Mike Frank for an engaging Torah Study and discussion.
 
7:00pm - 7:30pm - Stories and Shema with Mary Frank
Platform: Zoom and Facebook Live
Join TOR’s educator Mary Frank for a bedtime story and a recitation of the Shema
 
 
Wednesday, April 1st
 
10:00am-11:00am Cooking with the Rabishaws
Platform: Zoom
Fun with Eggplant!! Join Rabbi Alan and Laura Rabishaw as they lead a cooking demonstration.
 
3:00pm-4:00pm Breath of Fresh Air with Rabbi Yakar
Platform: Facebook Live
Join Rabbi Yakar and get outside for a “virtual” breath of fresh air!  Follow along on your own journey or simply follow virtually…
 
5:00pm-5:30pm Family Science Fun with TOR Youth Group Advisor Jacob Fefer 
Platform: Zoom
This week: Making an egg float!
 
 
Thursday, April 2nd
 
10:00am-11:00am From Boredom to Busy-ness with Rachel Yakar OTR/L
Platform: Zoom
Join Rachel Yakar, OTR/L as she shares her expertise with tips to get you through this challenging time.
 
7:00pm-8:00pm - HUC Student Series
Platform: Zoom
Join Student Rabbis from Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion for learning and discussion.  More details will be available on the webpage schedule - click here>>> later in the week.
 
 
Friday, April 3rd
 
10:00am-11:00am  Coffee, Conversation and Text with Rabbis Rabishaw and Yakar
Platform: Zoom
 
6:00pm-7:00pm - Collaborative Kabbalat Shabbat Experience
Platform: Facebook Live 
Join Rabbis Rabishaw and Yakar,  Cantorial Soloist Carol Gunnerson and Student Rabbi Lehrman for a joint Shabbat experience. Kaddish will be said for all three communities.
 
 
Saturday, April 4th
 
9:00am-10:00am  Torah Study 
Platform: Zoom
Join Rabbi Rabishaw for a continuation of the TOR/Tahoe “virtual” Shabbat Morning Torah Study and Discussion. Texts will be made available before Shabbat
 
2:00pm - 2:45pm Musical Offering by Celtic Harpist Anne Roos from Temple Bat Yam
Platform: Facebook Live
Tune in for a living room concert from Celtic Harpist, Anne Roos, an award winning artist and contributor to the Grammy Award Winning album Winds of Samsara.
 
6:00pm  Havdalah with Rabbi Yakar  
Platform: Facebook Live
Join Rabbi Yakar & Family to mark the end of Shabbat with Havdalah.  
 

Post from March 19, 2020

Dear Friends,

At Temple Or Rishon (TOR), thanks to the hard work of our efforts to raise mental health awareness, we often use the phrase, “Together Not Alone.”  This mantra is especially true today.

As soon as it became clear that we were going to enter the “virtual” world and offer online services and programs Rabbi Alan Rabishaw of TOR and Rabbi Evon Yakar of Temple Bat Yam (TBY) in South Lake Tahoe and North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation (NTHC) in North Lake Tahoe agreed that our congregations needed to work together to love and support each other.

As a result, our TOR/TAHOE congregations will be working together to offer a robust series of online opportunities and services that will take advantage of our shared resources, and present at least two opportunities each day (except for Sundays) for our communities to connect, learn, and find support--”Together Not Alone.”

These online opportunities and services will be offered on Facebook Live, and through ZOOM.  For some, we understand, the technology is second nature, for others it is new and overwhelming.  We are here to help! Each opportunity and service will be shared together with a link--all you will need to do is “click” and follow the prompts.  We promise it will become easier over time. And you can always call or email with questions . . . just be patient and understanding! It sounds like we will have plenty of time to master this!

  or send text message to:  916-926-9018. Mary Frank - mary.frank@orrishon.orgIf you are having trouble joining the Zoom or accessing Facebook Live, email

Wed, April 1 2020 7 Nisan 5780