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As we begin a new month of our new reality, it’s easy to feel exhausted, overwhelmed, and tired of our new normal. Living and working in the same place, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week can be exhausting. Who could have imagined that a trip to the grocery store might be the highlight of our week?

In this new normal, the Federation continues to work to provide opportunities to connect and to learn. If you didn’t have an opportunity to join with us for Rene Brent’s Meditation and Relaxation session, you can watch it here. (She’s also doing an encore presentation next week; details below). The Federation’s YouTube page is filled with opportunities to engage and learn more. I encourage you to visit it and enjoy the offerings at your convenience.

This Sunday at 3 pm, we are excited to provide an opportunity to listen, learn and engage with Deborah Feldman, the author of UnOrthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots, the basis for a hit miniseries on Netflix. Registration information can be found below. If you would like to get a copy of the book, you can order it from our partner, Writer’s Block Bookstore, using this link. You’ll be supporting a local business – and 15% of your purchase will be donated to the Federation to continue bringing you programs like this.

On Tuesday May 12, you can join us for our special Lag B’Omer Experience. We can join together and celebrate with a bonfire, picnic and more. The highlight (at least for me) is that I will be shaving my COVID-19 beard growth in the Jewish tradition of shaving on Lag B’omer.

There is a lot more being brought to you by your Jewish Federation so check our website for a listing of all the programs and opportunities we are offering. Many of these programs are also saved on our Best Of archive page for your viewing.

We hope that May will bring us into a new reality where we can begin to emerge and safely gather. May this Shabbat be the beginning of hope for a post-COVID future where we can once again gather, not just virtually but also in person. And it’s only 11 more days with my beard …