Thursday, March 26
 

I know that Passover is on everyone's mind. It is on our minds too.  Unfortunately, circumstances will not allow us to offer a public Seder this year.   Many who are used to being hosted by family/friends for the Seder, will be spending their seder night at home.

No need to be overwhelemed by that thought!

 We have partnered with Chabad of North Hollywood Catering, who is offering a full passover menu to be picked up before Passover right here in Simi Valley.    Please click here for information and/or ordering.  They offer a lots of choices including a full Seder meal, the Seder plate with all the "kinds", and various Passover delicacies.   ORDERING DEADLINE IS APRIL 1.

 

But not everyone can afford take out for the Seder!

 

We @ chabad are already distributing Shmurah matzah throughout the community, and we are committed to making sure Shmurah Matzah will get to every family that needs it.   

And because of the special circumstances this year, we will also be assembling "seder plate ingredient"  kits in the days before the Seder for those who are elderly or alone at home.  

 

To reserve a complementary matzah for your Seder, or to reserve a "seder plate kit", please reply to this email. 

 

For catered Seder menu items, please click here for CNH catering. 

 

This effort will, naturally, cost us quite a penny.  If you are in the position to help toward this cause, please donate online now.   What a great mitzvah!

 

Remember: The month of Passover is a month of miracles.   WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS!   Let's not despair, let's not give up, let's not stop praying; הנה לא ינום ולא יישן שומר ישראל, Behold, the Guardian of Israel doesn't sleep nor does He slumber.

 

Wishing you a Healthy, Happy & Kosher Passover

 

Rabbi Nosson

 

 

 

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Tuesday, March 17

 

To our dearest community members, 

The practical situation and guidance continues to evolved daily; we will you update you on our shabbos plans as Shabbos gets closer.

Passover is fast approaching.  We are working on procuring "seder to go" kits, as well as the ability to order passover meals for local pickup. Stay tuned for further announcements.

You can follow us  on Facebook (www.facebook.com/chabadsimi), where we will be offering some live classes.     We'll be available for personal classes as well — whether it's for yourself or your kids, Bar/Bat Mitzvah lessons, Hebrew etc.   Please contact us privately.

We continue to be here you! If you need something, or even just to talk, please let us know.  We available!

We will again be offering some fresh chicken soup to anyone who wants at no cost (co-sponsors welcome).   Just reply to this message or call by the end of Thursday, for pickup (or delivery, as possible) on Friday. 

Please look out for each other.  Check on your friends, neighbors and/or fellow community members who may be staying put.  Loneliness and fear can also kill! A phone call, a visit (only if safe!), or a grocery store run can make all the difference! Let's be a community of sharing caring people. Let's teach our children (and ourselves) that when there is a crisis, we think about others in need as well.

 

But to the spiritual side: Let's resolve to make the most of our/this special  time!

It's already clear that for Billions around the globe,  life is not the same today as they'd imagined it to be just a mere week ago!

It's a reality check,  as we realize that there is Only One Who is truly in charge, and everything is really only up to our Creator

The world around us undergoing such radical change.  Let us look at the one thing that does not change at all,  that has been our true beacon of light for over 3,300 years: our Torah! 

In Ethic of our Fathers, our sages teach us that the world depends on three "pillars" which give it stability: Torah study, prayer, good deeds.

Necessary social isolation can make these more difficult.  But the world needs them more than ever!

Many of us are now stuck at home — and have more time.  Worrying helps no one!  Let's use our time wisely,  and make the world a better place in the process!

Have children at home?  That's powerful!  Their every word of prayer, every moment of torah study bring infinite blessing!

 

Let technology be the perfect tool for strengthening your connection with the One Above, by utilizing its wonderful online resources!

Click here for our new coronavirus minisite where we have compiled resources, inspiration, and practical guidance.

Separately,  click here for a  list of useful link for both adults and children.  All are FREE to read or join.  Together, these sites  are rich in Jewish content and spirituality. It just takes a small click in the right direction to get that inspirational boost and uplifting spirit delivered right to your home. Enjoy!

Let's continue to remember,  and remind anyone who will listen, that G‑d is looking out for each and every one of us, everywhere and always!  We must remember, as the Rebbe reminded us countless times: Think positive, and things will be positive!  And finally: The Rebbe has reminded us that ours is the generation of Redemption! The night seems darkest right before dawn!

With best wishes for good health and good news for all of humanity,

Rabbi Nosson & Bassie Gurary

P.S. — Here are the links again:  Special Minisite and  useful links page.  Enjoy!

 

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Thursday, March 12

 

Dearest Community Members:

 

I know that many of you are extremely concerned about the coronavirus.  Bassie and I share your concern and are closely monitoring the situation.  We at Chabad are following the guidelines promulgated by the CDC, State and local authorities, and Rabbinic sources regarding best practices.

 

Based on the most current recommendations as of this writing late Thursday, and taking the particular characteristics of our congregation into account:

  1. Services will take place as usual Shabbos & Sunday mornings.

  2. Anyone experiencing any symptoms, or who was exposed to someone who is likely to have contracted the virus, is asked to stay home.

  3. Hand sanitizer is on hand; its use is mandatory upon entry.

     

We are here for you! If you need something please let us know and we will do our utmost to help! If you just want to talk that is ok too. Simply reply to this message with the best time to call.

We are offering fresh chicken soup to anyone who wants at no cost (co-sponsors welcome).   Just reply to this message or call by the end of Today (Thursday).  Pick-up is available tomorrow after 3pm. If you need it delivered just let us know and we will bring it to you - time permitting.  We all know the potency of Kosher Chicken Soup!  

We must look out for each other.  Check on your friends, neighbors and/or fellow community members who may be staying put.  Loneliness and fear can also kill! A phone call, a visit if safe, a grocery store run can make a major difference! Let's be a community of sharing caring people. Let's teach our children (and ourselves) that when there is a crisis, we think about others in need as well.

Our spiritual response is equally important! Everything is G‑d's doing, every situation has a spiritual side and deserves a spiritual response.   Offer a prayer.  Check your Mezuzahs.   Do an extra Mitzvah.    (See some more ideas at the end of this message).  

Follow recommendations, but have faith!   It is of vital importance for us to remain mindful of how we are to conduct ourselves during this time.  We have a moral duty to guard our health by following expert advice.

But we are very blessed to live in this era; the world is better equipped to deal with this than at any point in history.  There is no need to stock up on three months’ supply of toilet paper and bottled water.   And it is certainly not a good idea to panic. 

We must all remember, and remind our loved ones, that G‑d is looking out for each and every one of us, everywhere and always!  We must remember, as the Rebbe reminded us countless times: Think positive, and things will be positive!  We are G‑d's people; we must not be shy to share this message of hope with others, Jewish or not!

G‑d willing, we will be ok! 

 

May Hashem bless us all with GOOD HEALTH!

 

With Love,

Rabbi Nosson & Bassie

 

Mitzvah Ideas:

 

  1. If you have not put on your Tefillin today, take a moment and put them on and say the Shema. If you do not have a pair, please go to your nearest Chabad and wrap the Tefillin (during daylight hours).
  2. Please light the Shabbat candles tomorrow at 6:44 p.m. If you need a Shabbat Candle lighting kit, please come to our office.
  3. Give extra charity every daily. Make sure you have a chairty box in your home (we'll be happy to provide you with one).
  4. Say extra Psalms each day - click here for Psalm 20
  5. For each of your children, acquire a letter in a Torah to be written for them by a scribe in Israel. This is for all children under the age of Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Click here
  6. For adults, acquire a letter in a Torah Scroll being written in Israel to unite all Jews. Click Here
  7. Make sure to have Kosher Mezuzot on the doors of your home.