Shabbat Gathering via Zoom – Friday, November 6, 2020 Judaic Coordinator, Hagit, welcomed Shabbat this week by introducing JSDD residents who delivered the prayers. Rachel recited the blessing over the candles, Aaron made Kiddush (blessing over grape juice/wine) and Kevin blessed the challah. Hagit’s lesson this week was learning about Mitzvot, Jewish rules or commandments covering a range of aspects of Jewish life.  The word “mitzvah” means commandment.  Hagit shared that it is a mitzvah to rest on Shabbat.  Several participants identified the mitzvot in which they engage by assisting their friends and housemates with chores and daily activities. Vibrant pictures of Israel were presented, and many expressed their interest to visit Israel. Shabbat songs brought a peaceful end to […]

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  As Judaism’s most distinctive tradition, we observe the beginning of Shabbat before sundown each Friday through the completion of nightfall on Saturday.  On Friday, October 30th, as has become the tradition during the pandemic, the Sabbath was ushered in for JSDD residents via Zoom with the lighting of the candles, reciting the Kiddush (wine/grape juice) and the Ha Motzi (challah).  Judaic Coordinator, Hagit, asked, “how do you observe Shabbat?” Responses ranged from expressions of appreciation for spending time with loved ones to attending religious services via Zoom.  By far, however, gathering around the table for meals was the number one answer.  The participants all agreed that they look forward to the challah most of all.  This week, the group […]

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Story by Jessica Goldstein Lori and Steven Klinghoffer have been friends of JSDD for many years and very active leaders in the MetroWest community. At a recent socially distanced birthday party they were introduced to a former Ringling Brothers Circus clown, “Krazy Kevin” Kraft. Sidelined like many others during the pandemic, Kevin was looking for a way to create some positive moments in these most unsettled times and his juggling, balancing act and humor proved to be just the prescription to help loved ones connect (at a safe distance) in a way that many have not been able to for months.   The Klinghoffers offered to bring that joy to the residents of JSDD’s homes and WAE Center members and […]

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Shabbat Celebration – Friday, October 23, 2020 The Sabbath (Shabbat) is a day of peace, rest and reflection spent with family and friends. JSDD has developed a new tradition this year to warmly reach out to our community and observe the welcoming of Shabbat together via Zoom.  Effortlessly, this is directed by Hagit Oren, Judaica Coordinator who, each week, conveys her resourcefulness with the lessons she teaches. The rituals include reciting the prayers for lighting the candles, Kiddush (wine/grape juice), and HaMotzi (challah). This week’s lesson emerged from the Torah portion, Parashat Bereishit. This is the story of how G-d created the heavens and earth in six days and on the 7th day stopped working and rested.  It was Shabbat!  […]

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JSDD’s spiritual home environment is emphasized each Friday as the residents come together to welcome the Sabbath.  It is a way to socialize in a Jewish context via Zoom meetings led by Hagit Oren, Judaic Coordinator.  The ritual Sabbath candle lighting, reciting the Kiddush (blessing over wine) and HaMotzi (pray over challah) are comforting traditions. This week, Hagit took everyone on a virtual tour of the most populous city in Israel, Tel Aviv.  She highlighted the Old Jaffa Port section of Tel Aviv – home to restaurants, shops, artists quarters, and galleries.  Many of the residents were inspired by the tour and expressed an interest in traveling to Israel.  In fact, pre-COVID, a trip to Israel was in the works […]

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