COVID-19 has affected us all in profound and dramatic ways. We’re all still reeling from the effects of the nation-wide shutdown, let alone from the massive death toll caused by the virus. Many churches, synagogues, and other houses of worship were forced to close their doors to help prevent the spread of infectious disease, and many planned worship events had to be postponed or canceled outright for the greater good: saving the lives of our fellow adherents by keeping them out of harm’s way.
Dai Mission Ministries felt the brunt of this, too.
Due to this national drama that is still unfolding, we were left with no real plans for Shavuot, an observance many houses of worship are throwing together last-minute as worship sites have only recently been allowed to reopen by the Federal government. (Some houses of worship still aren’t allowed to reopen by their individual state, county, or city governments yet, and some have opted to remain closed or to perform virtual services just to be on the safe side. Our hearts go out to them!)
As our plans for the year were put on indefinite hold, our friends at Emet ha Torah in Odessa, Texas stepped forward and invited us to partake in Shavuot celebrations with them. After considerable deliberation, we have decided to accept their generous and gracious offer.
We’re still getting the details together, but Emet Ha Torah will be observing Shavuot on Sunday, May 31st at their congregation in Odessa. Watch our website for more information; we’ll post further details as we have them.