Like the rest of the local area, Congregation Beth Ahabah is cautiously reopening for in person gatherings. At the beginning of June, the entire staff returned fulltime to campus and in-person services resumed.
Mid-July saw the resumption of prenegs and meetings with snacks, all engineered with protocols for health and safety. Many Congregants rejoiced at meeting again after 15 months of separation, Others still preferred to partake of lives-streamed services on the Beth Ahabah YouTube Channel or to attend meetings virtually.
Stand Against Anti-Semitism
The congregation hosted the Federation’s Stand Against Anti-Semitism event on Sunday, June 27. The largest crowd in the sanctuary since March of 2020 convened to hear Senator Tim Kaine, Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger and others speak out against hate and for unity.
The Brotherhood and Women of Beth Ahabah both have gathered for in-person meetings to plan the coming year’s events. Everyone is looking forward to our first First Friday Cookout in a year on Aug. 6.
Planning for the return of Religious School students, in-person and virtually, is under way. This year’s whole school curriculum will include weekly units on ritual objects, which will showcase the collections in the Beth Ahabah Museum and Archives.
BAMA will curate a table of objects and images for classes (and parents) to visit and explore during the school day. They also will contribute images to digital files that the classes can view on the new 65-inch Smart TVs being installed in every classroom (gifts from a generous donor) or in the virtual classrooms of those enrolled in the virtual school option.
With High Holy Days just around the corner, in person or virtually, the congregation looks forward to continuing to gather, learn and pray together.
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