Temple Shalom

Temple Shalom

215 S. Hillside Avenue, Succasunna, NJ 07876
(973) 584-5666 | administrator@tshalom.org


March 13, 2020

Temple Shalom Families,

Temple Shalom is taking proactive steps and make the decision to temporarily close for the remainder of March, at a minimum.  This closure is due in part to CDC guidelines of mitigating community spread outbreaks. While there remains no known cases of coronavirus illness in the local community or among our congregation, we need to be vigilant for our fellow congregants, Rabbi and office staff as well as potential outside visitors in protecting against the possible spread and transmission of the coronavirus.

Temple Shalom will reinvent itself yet again and continue to find new and innovative ways to keep us all connected during these very difficult times.

Please take note of the following immediate changes and notifications:

Services – will be available this week (March 13) via LiveStream link published here: https://livestream.com/TShalom/events/9037794

The Mishkan T’Filah prayer book, can be accessed online at www.ccarnet.org

A new LiveStream link for each service will be provided on Friday afternoon.

The off-site Membership Night Out (Pickleball) scheduled for Sunday the 15th has also been cancelled.

Brotherhood and Sisterhood Breakfasts will be postponed to a later date.  Please email Rick Baron at rick.baron@hpe.com for more information on the Brotherhood Seder, Breakfasts/speakers and future events. Donna Chalef can be reached at dchalef@chalef.com regarding Sisterhood events and activities.

Lev Tov Breakfast will be cancelled for this weekend and will evaluate rescheduling.

Religious School – NO SCHOOL SUNDAY! All Classes will be online and Mrs. Okrent is currently developing a schedule, together with the teachers, that will accommodate all families. Hebrew classes that are currently scheduled for distance learning will remain as is. More detailed information with platforms and links for Shalom learning (Distant Learning) will come shortly. If you have any questions please email Mrs. O at rsprincipal@tshalom.org

B’nai Mitzvah training – Rabbi Serebro-Litvak will coordinate virtual lessons individually with each family

Adult B’nai Mitzvah class – Classes will be hosted via Zoom or LS. The link will be emailed to you by Sunday night.

Membership questions/services:

For all administrative questions, voucher purchasing or other needs, please email Jen at the office (administrator@tshalom.org) so she can schedule a time to coordinate these transactions. Please refrain from coming in to the office as our hours may be modified on a daily basis.

We are in the process of ordering industrial disinfectant cleaners to thoroughly prepare the Temple for a potential opening in April.

Once again, Temple Shalom appreciates your understanding during these uncertain times as we are working diligently to get Temple Shalom’s spiritual and social life back in action as we pave the way to hopefully celebrate our 60th anniversary in May. Please stay tuned to your email for ongoing Temple Shalom communications regarding future updates. All updated news and alerts will also be made available on the Temple Shalom website www.tshalom.org.

While the building will be closed for members and we can’t interact physically, we will continue our learning and worshiping virtually. Our spiritual connection is stronger than the pandemic. We will continue to be supportive of each other. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to either Rabbi Inna Serebro-Litvak, Eric Levine, 1st Vice President or Jennifer Gangi, Temple Administrator with any questions, ideas and suggestions. We encourage all congregants to contact us if you have other ideas as how to stay connected remotely. Eric Levine can be reached at ericandrew11@gmail.com or 862-254-6587.  For those of you registered with ShulCloud you can access a membership directory to stay in contact with your Temple friends.

If you have a pastoral emergency, please contact the Rabbi directly: 917-748-0730

We will get through these difficult times together. Temple Shalom will provide periodic updates regarding our status and reassess based on the most relevant information available.  Stay healthy!


Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Inna Serebro-Litvak
Eric Levine, 1st Vice President
Jennifer Gangi, Temple Administrator