Ohev Shalom of Bucks County 2020 Virtual Open House

Ohev Shalom of Bucks County is excited to announce its Virtual Open House that will take place via Zoom on August 27, 2020 starting at 4:30 PM EDT. Despite the Coronavirus pandemic, the Ohev Shalom community has become vibrantly active online. Ohev Shalom’s clergy and leadership invite members of the public to learn what we are doing to engage the Jewish community in Bucks County by attending our Virtual Open House.

 

The Virtual Open House will begin with Ohev Shalom’s Education Director, Barbara Glickman, speaking out Ohev’s Hebrew School and Youth Program. You will have the opportunities to learn about our curriculum, meet our teachers, and learn about our specials. Following at 5:30 PM EDT, join Congregation President Diane Pevar and Membership Chair Kim Kushner for a member question and answer session. At 6 PM, mingle with our Men’s Club, and at 6:30 PM, hear highlights from our Sisterhood. Join us at 7 PM for an online Minyan with our Clergy. Immediately following Minyan, a panel of Ohev members, staff, and lay-leaders (including Interfaith Outreach, Inclusion, and Young Family) will be available to chat and answer any questions you might have.

 

We invite you to register at http://www.ohev.org where you can learn more about our Congregation and the exciting events we will hold for the remainder of 2020. If you have any questions, please email [email protected] or call 215-322-9595. The Zoom link will be emailed to you after registration.

Ohev Shalom August 27, 2020 Virtual Open House

Get to know Ohev Shalom of Bucks County from the convenience of your own home via Zoom on August 27, 2020 starting at 4:30 PM EDT. 

Bucks County Synagogue Builds a Virtual Community

Synagogue Ohev Shalom of Bucks County has responded to the Coronavirus crisis in unique and inspiring ways.

 

As are many religious institutions, the synagogue is using the Zoom platform for weekday and Sabbath worship. Working from their homes, Ohev Shalom synagogue clergy and lay leaders have decided to expand outreach via a variety of communication and social media platforms to ensure all members of the synagogue’s community are heard from and cared for during these difficult times.

Rabbi Eliott Perlstein meets with congregants on Tuesday afternoons for a Zoom Torah discussion and for virtual coffee and conversation on Thursday afternoons. Cantor Annelise Ocanto-Romo and son join parents and children on Zoom every Wednesday morning for Circle Time. On Wednesday afternoons Cantor hosts a sing-along.

 

On Friday morning, Director of Education, Barbara Glickman hosts a Facebook Live story time. Havdalah services are shared with the synagogue community, also through Facebook Live, Saturday evening from the home of Cantor Ocanto-Romo.

 

Anticipating the shutdown we now face, Education Director Glickman and the Ohev faculty planned for and were ready for an early transition to web-based Hebrew School classes. Parent, Kari Spivak, conveys the enthusiasm faculty, students, and parents have for this new way to study and learn: “Big thanks to Ohev Shalom and its teachers for making these unforeseen circumstances seamless for our children! Facetiming with the students keeps them connected to our incredible Ohev Shalom family.”

Even more ways to keep connected are happening at the now virtual Ohev Shalom. A weekly Noon Zoom, hosted by Building Supervisor, Hilary Leboff, gives congregants an opportunity to chat and share in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. On Monday afternoons, Glickman will host Hebrew Through Movement for all ages. The synagogue’s Caring Committee will be regularly reaching out by telephone to those congregants who may be alone and/or aren’t able or willing to connect digitally to the surrounding community. “During this challenging time, Ohev Shalom of Bucks County’s commitment to Inclusion B’Kavod (inclusion with respect) is more relevant and important than ever. With our virtual programming we continue to ensure that all members of our congregation are able to participate meaningfully, educationally, and spiritually,” states congregant and board member Lindsay Miller.

 

“In this time of isolation, people need the loving support of their religious community” explains Rabbi Perlstein. “While our building is closed, our hearts are open to caring and supporting each other.”

 

Ohev Shalom of Bucks County

Ohev Shalom of Bucks County is a vibrant and dynamic congregation affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. While we have grown considerably from our 22 founding families in 1976 to approximately 500 today, we have worked hard to maintain a spirit of caring for each individual member of our community. Ohev Shalom celebrates the uniqueness of each individual and welcomes diversity within our sacred community.