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Keeping Connected With You


Dear Temple Shalom Family,

We are all going through a very difficult time.  We know that many of our families are together at home coping with the situation as best we can.

As your Temple Shalom family, we are here for you!  Over the weekend we celebrated Shabbat together online.  Over 135 people within our Temple Shalom community learned, prayed, meditated and supported each other on FaceBook Live and Zoom services!

We lifted each other up and it reminded us of the power and importance of our community and the inspiration of Jewish tradition.  We are fortunate that we live in a time that we can remain connected online and look forward to the time when we can embrace each other in person again!

In the meantime, we are developing a schedule to continue services, b'nei mitzvah training, Torah Study and remote learning experiences for our Religious School students with our Temple Shalom clergy and teachers.  It is expressly this time when we all need this connection.

Please keep updated by checking your emails as we will send direct links for these many different opportunities as this week progresses.

Our clergy and staff are here for you.  If you need emergency assistance, we can all be reached through the Temple's emergency line at (203) 247-1051, or through our emails:

Stacey Cohen - 

Rabbi Mark Lipson - 

Rabbi Cantor Shirah Sklar -

Rabbi Jason Greenberg -

May we all be well, healthy and safe and may we get through this time comforted by the knowledge that this too shall pass.  Let us use our social distance as an opportunity to connect with each other through new technologies and find inspiration and hope together.

We hope that you will join us this week for Temple Shalom's many programs and opportunities to connected!

Please join us for many opportunities to connect this week!



Monday March 30th at 9:00 p.m.

"Plot Against America" viewing party!

Join Rabbi Cantor Shirah for a viewing party in real time for the 

current HBO special, " The Plot Against America" based on the 

novel by Phillip Roth. This show has made quite a buzz in the Jewish community. New episodes on HBO every Monday night at 9:00 p.m.

Let's watch it together! Tune in to your HBO channel at 8:55 p.m.

tonight and watch with us! Audio on our chat will be disabled, while 

we engage text discussion through the "chat" feature.

To join us: click link: 



Wednesday April 1st at 7:00 p.m.

Special program with Guest speaker, Dr. Betsy Stone,

"Coping with Stress and Anxiety in the era of Cornavirus"

Dr. Betsy Stone is a Yale educated Psychologist who has worked as 

an Jewish and adolescent educator and therapist in the CT Jewish community for many years, while also serving as an adjunct 

professor at the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion 

in NYC. We are honored to welcome Dr. Stone to speak on this very important and needed topic to give us insight and comfort.

Click on this zoom link to join  



Thursday April 2nd at 11:00 a.m.

Pop-in Rabbi: Coffee Hour with Rabbi Cantor Shirah

Pop in to say hello, and meet and greet old and new friends! All are welcome! 



Do a Mitzvah!

Help us assist the healthcare community in a protective mask 

making effort!

Temple Shalom congregant Kathy Gitlin has been in touch with 

Yale hospital in an effort to make and donate protective masks for healthcare workers. Yale hospital has approved the request with 

specific requirements for making the masks with inserts for filters. 

We are looking for more mask makers! Video instructions and 

materials will be provided. To help in this effort, please contact 

Kathy Gitlin at 203-293-5931 or .



Looking ahead....


The first night of Passover is Wednesday April 8th! 

If you can't be with your family this Passover, join your Temple 

Shalom family! We welcome you to our Seder Table - With zoom 

there is always room! We will be broadcasting the first Seder live on zoom from the Sklar home, with Rabbi and Alice Lipson and Rabbi Jason and family at 6:30 p.m.! 

We hope that you will join us for music and celebration online to celebrate this festival of freedom and renewal together!

Click link here to join!  


As always, we have volunteers from Temple Shalom ready and waiting to help you! Please let us know if you are in need of shopping assistance by sending an email to


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