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Family and Friends

"Reyim" means friends, and our friendships are the life of our community.

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Learning and Prayer

We look to the stories, wisdom, spiritual insights, and halacha of our tradition to bring meaning into our lives.

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Compassion and Social Action

Our community is defined by the core Jewish value of gemilut hasadim, compassion and loving kindness.

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Live Streaming Shabbat Morning Services

Every Shabbat Morning from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Please join us for Shabbat services, which Rabbi Berman will lead from our chapel. We hope to develop a Shabbat morning experience that feels meaningful to those who are viewing remotely. This will be an iterative process, as we experiment with different forms of prayer, Torah, divrei tefila and divrei Torah.

You can join us here.


Support and Resources for Our Community

As we face challenges of distance and illness due to COVID-19, we want to be sure to meet the needs that may arise for our community members. Please take a moment to complete this form if a need arises or if you feel you can support others' needs. Responses are confidential.

In addition, you can find many more resources for mental health, emergency services, and parent coaching here.

If you need anything at all, please be in touch with Rabbi Berman at rabbiberman@reyim.org and Claire Gerstein Chair of our Chesed Committee, at cgerstein@verizon.net.

Tikkun Leyl Shavuot

Restoring Torah, Renewing Ourselves, Returning To You

Thursday May 28 6:00-11:00 PM

This coming Shavuot we are celebrating the theme of restoration and renewal. Please join us for a wonderful and rich evening of cooking, learning and discussion. We begin with two programs designed for families!

You can join each of our programs by Zoom here

  • 6:00-7:00 PM - The Restorative Properties of Jewish Food: Making Blintzes and Dessert Together With Sara Berman

    Sara will lead us in an interactive cooking session making cheese and fruit blintzes and dessert. Just get these ingredients ahead of time and join us!

  • 7:15-8:15 PM - Restoring the Words of Torah with Rabbi Kevin Hale and Miriam Lewin

    We will watch the virtual premiere of the short documentary "613," (23 minutes, 2020) produced and directed by Miriam Lewin, (Eva Radding's sister!) and Randi Cecchine.

    The film shares the story of Rabbi Kevin Hale, who practices the sacred craft of restoring Torah scrolls saved in Czechoslovakia during the Shoah. As he works with communities entrusted with the scrolls, he reflects on his path to faith and practice.

    Following the film, Linda Rakoff will share about our Sefer Torah at Reyim that was saved, which we hold from the Memorial Scrolls Trust London. We will also hear from Miriam Lewin and Randi Cecchine, and have a chance to discuss the film.

  • 8:30-9:30 PM Personal Restoration and Renewal During a Time of Isolation and Distance with Dr. Dean Solomon

    Building upon the themes of restoration of the ancient scroll, our community member Dr. Dean Solomon will lead us in a conversation about the critical work of restoring ourselves and our families during a time of isolation, distance, fear, grief and anxiety.

    Dr. Solomon is Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and founded Southeastern Psychiatric Associates in 1983. His areas of expertise include psychoanalysis, adult psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, couples therapy and group therapy.

  • 10:00-11:00 PM (Following Ma'ariv) - Standing Together At Sinai: An Urgent Jewish Existential Question With Rabbi Berman

    We will study and discuss the mystical and psychologically insightful midrash that we all stood together at the foot of Mt. Sinai to receive Torah. What does it mean to have a collective consciousness rooted in a "shared" past experience?

    How does this story about an ancient collective experience continue to guide our modern spiritual lives, particularly in a time of isolation?

Shavuot Prayer Services

Shavuot Prayer Services

  • Friday Morning May 29 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

    Join our Day One Shavuot services by Zoom here. Our members will lead us in davening, leyning Torah, and chanting the book of Ruth.

  • Shabbat Morning May 30 10:00-12:00 PM

    Join by Livestream here for our Shabbat and Festival service with Rabbi Berman and family. We we daven, sing, chant Torah and Rabbi Berman will share a Shavuot sermon.

  • Saturday Night Havdalah May 30 9:00-9:20 PM

    Join us for Maariv and Havdalah by Zoom here as we reenter the week after the festival and Shabbat.

Shavuot Prayer Services

Shabbat Services: Apart, Together

  • Family Shabbat Singing with Rabbi Berman

    Friday Evening 5:00-5:30 PM

    Join by Zoom here

  • Kabbalat Shabbat Online

    Friday Evening 6:00 PM

    Join by Zoom here

  • Shabbat Morning Live Streaming

    Saturday Morning 10:30 AM-12:00 PM

    Join by livestream here

Kabbalat Shabbat

Morning Prayer

  • Every Monday through Friday 7:00 AM

    National holidays, including upcoming Memorial Day 8:00 AM

    Join by Zoom here

  • Every Sunday Morning 9:00 AM

    Join by Zoom here

Jewish Family & Children's Service

We are committed to delivering 25 boxes of raisins and 30 boxes of cereal each month to JF&CS. Ordinarily our community would purchase these items and drop them off individually but given the current circumstances, we are asking our community to donate funds that we can use to buy the items. Any amount is welcome!.

You can use the PayPal button below to donate. Please indicate on the payment form ("Add a note") that this donation is for JF&CS.



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