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Student Rabbi to Join BST!

Beth Sholom Temple will have a Student Rabbi next year!  Ora Jacobsen, a second year student at Hebrew Union College in New York, will be coming to Fredericksburg one weekend per month from September 2022 through May of 2023.  Her first visit will be in late August or early September.  Watch here for details.

Mask Policy and Services Update

The BST Board voted at the March 2022 meeting to implement a "masks optional" policy in the synagogue.  This policy, which leaves it to each individual to determine whether or not to wear a mask, will be in effect for all aspects of our daily operations, including in-person services and religious school.  We do recognize that anyone unvaccinated, or anyone in a high-risk category or with continuing concerns about safety, may very well want to continue wearing the mask for the time being, and all are welcome to do so.  We will continue to make masks available at the welcome table, just inside the lobby.  The Board also recognizes that while conditions have improved considerably in our area (using the CDC's new classification system, our region is presently considered "low" risk), many experts remain concerned about new variants, including the new sub-variant affecting England, Europe, and Asia.  The Board will continue to monitor the situation and will devote a portion of each monthly meeting to reviewing conditions and policies.  If we determine we need to pivot, we will.  

The Board also voted to return to a full schedule of in-person services, starting after Passover, on Saturday, April 23.  All services will be led from the sanctuary, and all are welcome to participate in person.  We will also continue to stream services, for those who are unable to attend.  We do anticipate occasional remote services-- for example, when Cantor Shermet leads a service from her home in New Hampshire, we will return to a Zoom-based service.  These occasional exceptions will, of course, be announced in weekly announcements.  

Please feel free to share any questions or concerns with Board President Jonathan Levin, at president@bstva.org.  

Welcome to Beth Sholom Temple!

Beth Sholom Temple's vision is to be the heartbeat of Jewish living in the Greater Fredericksburg area.   We are dedicated to warm spiritual worship, committed to educating the young and young at heart, fostering open and responsive leadership, and caring for the community at large. We welcome all to share our vibrant Jewish experience.

Beth Sholom Temple Vision and History

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