March 25, 2020
 
Did you know that the practice of “social distancing” is very Biblical? (Lev. 13:46) God separated those things that were “unclean” and had the potential for spreading disease – both man and objects – from the camp to limit contact.  We are now living with the reality of that ancient practice and it can leave us feeling unsettled, isolated, and anxious.  We want to remind you of the ways that you can connect with your Kol Mashiach family and share some new ways to connect!
 
 
In Person: 
  • Congregational Prayer will still be meeting each Tuesday.  They will be practicing social distancing while gathering to pray at such an important time in our history.
  • Congregational Passover Cleaning has been canceled. 
 

Online Meetings:

  • Torah for Today will resume beginning this Saturday at its usual time of 1:00-2:30pm using the Zoom.us video conferencing platform.  You can access this with a computer or by downloading the Zoom app to your phone.  Go to www.zoom.us or open the Zoom app and click “Join Meeting.”  Enter by using the Meeting ID: 321 255 2557.  You can also click on this direct link: https://zoom.us/j/3212552557  Rabbi Jude will be moderating these online Torah for Today sessions.
  • How to download Zoom to your computer
  • How to join a Zoom meeting
  • Our entire service will continue to be livestreamed each week on our Facebook page, YouTube Channel, and website at www.shalombrevard.com/livestream.  A synagogue is not a building, it is the people and watching online is proof of that!
  • Youth Group is moving their meetings online.  Parents, please make sure you read the email that was sent out.
 

Online Resources:

  • Now is a great time to dig deeper into the Word!  This not only helps you grow, but it can be a time that you get ministered to as you deal with the constant changes we are experiencing day to day.  We want to recommend a great Bible study website and app – www.bible.com and the Bible app for your phone or tablet (Icon is a brown bible with the words “Holy Bible” on the front.)  They have more reading plans than you have the time to go through – even on a pandemic home stay!  We are currently using this to follow and track our One Year Read Through the Bible plan.  There are studies that last just a few days to a week, month, or year.  There is also something for everyone.  We haven’t personally read through each study, so use discretion as you look for something to suit your needs.  Go to https://bible.com/reading-plans/ to check out what’s available.
  • For our Ladies: Rebbitzen Jennifer suggests the First 5 website and app.  If you don’t have a smart phone, you can go here to access the same content as the app.  What is great about this Bible study resource is that the reading plans go through entire books of the Bible. Within “groups” you can comment and discuss the day’s content.  You can begin a study on your own or join Jennifer for a group study with KM Ladies on the book of Philippians beginning March 30th.  Join the group using this link or if you’re using the app, enter code: 84AD.
 
 
 
Our office will remain open during normal office hours.  Please call  (321) 255-2557 if you have any questions or need help with these online resources.  We want this time to be one of renewal and a closer walk with God and our community.  What the enemy means for destruction, God means for good!  It is our job not to give in to fear, but to lean in to His presence and reach out to each other.  We’ll see you online!
 
Sincerely,
Rabbi Jude and Jennifer Caracelo
 
 
 
 
March 17, 2020
 
Dear Kol Mashiach Family and Friends,
 
All of you have undoubtedly been watching the news and keeping up with the global COVID-19 virus.  These are challenging and unprecedented times.  As concern grows around the world, we, as followers of Yeshua, have to remember the words of Isaiah 41:10, “fear not for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  During this time of uncertainty, we can be entirely certain that Adonai is with us and will never leave us or forsake us.  I encourage all of you to spend time with the Lord, resting in His presence and peace.
 
Given that the CDC has issued specific guidance on social gatherings, as well as the White House releasing recommendations to slow the spread of the virus, we wanted to communicate to you the decisions our leadership team has made for the near future. We don’t take any of these decisions lightly, but want to take all necessary precautions to keep our families and those most vulnerable among our community safe and healthy.
 
Shabbat Services:
  • We are suspending in person Shabbat services for the next eight weeks. 
  • You can watch the live stream of our entire weekly Shabbat service on our Facebook page, Youtube channel, and website
  • Shabbat services will resume as normal on May 16, pending any other changes and guidance. 
 
Passover Seder:
  • We are canceling our Passover Seder scheduled for April 11th. 
  • We will refund all money for those of you that have already registered.  Please be patient with us as we work through all these details. 
  • Passover begins April 8, and we encourage you to plan a Passover Seder in your home.  In the coming week we will send out a separate email providing resources for celebrating Passover in smaller groups – with family or close friends. 
  • You can still purchase Passover seder plates and other Passover items at our Judaica shop during office hours.
 
Giving:
  • Financial support of tithes and offerings from our members and regular attendees is what makes everything possible at Kol Mashiach.  Your contributions help us pay, among other things, for live streaming services and financially help those in our Kol Mashiach family that need extra support as they face unexpected work closings due to the virus. 
  • Even though we will not be holding services in person, we ask that you please make every effort to continue regular giving during this time. 
  • There are three ways to give: online on our secure giving page, by sending in a check to our mailing address, or by dropping of your tithe during office hours. Thank you for your faithfulness in giving during this time.
 
Other Kol Mashiach Events:
  • For our smaller groups, such as Congregational Prayer and Youth Group, please contact your ministry leader for more information as to whether gatherings are canceled or still being held. 
 
Communication:
  • Kol Mashiach is known for being a place where people care about each other.  Now, more than ever, we need to continue this practice. 
  • Reach out to each other via phone calls, text, and social media, especially keeping in mind those that live alone.  While “social distancing” is great at helping to slow the spread of the virus, it can take an emotional toll on all of us.
  • If you have need of help with meals, going shopping, finding supplies, or anything else, contact the office or our Nachamu (Comfort) Ministry Coordinator, Kimberly.
  • Get together in small groups, preferably in an outdoor setting to take advantage of the fresh air, to continue to fellowship and encourage one another. 
  • This break in “normal life” provides you with an opportunity to unplug from the hustle of the daily routine and connect with God, family, friends, and yourself in ways that you haven’t before. Start a Bible reading plan with some friends, take the time to read a book, enjoy the sunshine, cook a meal for a friend, go for a walk, make something, take a nap! 
 
Our office will remain open during normal office hours.  Please call  (321) 255-2557 if you have any questions or specific needs.  We want each of you to know that we are praying for you and are here for you.  Know that you are loved and cared for and we serve an amazing God and Savior!
 
Sincerely,
Rabbi Jude and Jennifer Caracelo