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From Rabbi Joe Eiduson



I write to you, as parents and members of our congregational family, to qvell on a remarkable week in the life of our synagogue school and to share with you that there is definitely more goodness coming! The coronavirus crisis is one that we did not expect or plan for, of course. Operational and curricular decisions have had to be made, and altered, on a daily basis. Beloved events, such as our Anaf Family Day, SPRONC and WAFTY programs have been cancelled altogether. I want you to know, however, that every teacher and administrator in our school has rallied to the cause of adjusting to the “new normal” of our lives as efficiently, and compassionately, as possible.

Our faculty and staff have worked overtime to manage the transition to virtual classes and meetings. Faculty have rapidly and creatively translated in-person classes to Zoom classes. Students have shown tremendous resilience in adapting to radically new ways of learning and sustaining a sense of community. Our faculty and staff have demonstrated that good work can continue remotely, even while juggling childcare and other tasks, at a time of great personal uncertainty.

Our administrative team, Debbi, Judy, Cheryl, Rabbi Gurevitz, and Steve Winer have worked overtime to coordinate all of these efforts and make sure that the steps we take conform to best practices in education. Our B'nai Mitzvah Tutors have begun offering student tutoring via phone or video chat. Rabbi Gurevitz and I are sending out regular, detailed messages to the entire CBS community to make sure everyone stays connected and updated on the latest developments. Our faculty and staff, together with our lay leadership, has shown exceptional creativity, responsiveness, and kindness in letting our students and staff know that we are here for them and will do all we can to support them through this challenging time.

We will keep you posted about changes to our learning program in the coming weeks—and please let us know how you are doing, what questions or concerns you have about CBS, our school, or its programs, and what ideas you have for ways that our school can do better.

I have never been prouder of our school, our faculty and our senior staff. I have faith and confidence that we will get through this crisis together.

With Warm Regards,

Rabbi Joe Eiduson, R.J.E.
Rabbi-Educator, Congregation B’nai Shalom
Chaplain, Westborough Fire Department

Sat, May 30 2020 7 Sivan 5780