Here are excerpts from Rabbi Isaacs's and President Judy Hanson-Childers's email to our community regarding COVID-19 and Beth Israel's response. This page will be continually updated as new online learning and praying opportunities are added.
Rabbi Akiva famously taught that we are commanded to live by our laws, not die by them. The greater message is that our ritual obligations take a backseat to the ultimate mitzvah: staying healthy and alive. In that spirit, our services and holiday celebrations -- while normally joyous obligations -- will be cancelled as need be, if they pose a risk to the physical safety of our community. In light of the recent outbreak and for the foreseeable future, all services, classes, and programs offered by Beth Israel Congregation and the Center for Small Town Jewish Life will be postponed until a later date when public gatherings are cleared by the Maine CDC. Hebrew school will meet online while the Waterville public schools are closed.