Zoom Tour of Israel

If you have attended a Shabbat service over the last 3+ months, you would have been in a rectangle, sometimes smaller, sometimes bigger. You would […]

If you have attended a Shabbat service over the last 3+ months, you would have been in a rectangle, sometimes smaller, sometimes bigger. You would have had your video on, and we could wave to each other, or sometimes a still photo took your place, either of you, your family, a beautiful scene, or some words of wisdom. And sometimes, you appeared as white letters on a black background.

But no matter how you appeared, you have been present, and I thank you for actively being part of our Shabbat community. You also would have heard me say – repeatedly – that our service isn’t “virtual” but real (except of course for kissing the Torah as it marches- that is virtual). Our praying and learning together, our celebrating and grieving, our Amens to brachot and to kaddish are very real.  As are our classes and lifecycle events: we can’t be in the same physical space, but we are absolutely together in spiritual space.

Which brings me to the announcement of a very special blend of the real and the virtual. From August 2-7, each night from 7-9 pm, CBJ will be joining Kol Emeth for a Zoom tour of Israel. There will be an adult track and a kids’ track, and both will be meaningful and a lot of fun. Needless to say that this won’t be like any tour any of us have been on, not only because it is from our own homes over a screen, but also because we are planning a very different itinerary.

Each night, we will visit with people who have a unique story to tell. Their stories are inspiring and thought-provoking, and are sure to create a lot of discussion among us. There will be video interviews, panel discussion and some learning, as well as some “sightseeing”. The kids will be able to meet and play with people from Israel, learn their stories, and experience the sights and sounds and smells (vicariously).

More details are coming soon, but for now, be sure to mark your calendars and plan to jump on the “bus” with us!