Temple Israel Center
280 Old Mamaroneck Road
White Plains, NY 10605

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Purim at TIC
As Purim enters this week, we continue to have in our hearts and minds all those suffering from COVID-19 along with those throughout our community who have been quarantined or otherwise affected by this public health situation.  At an anxious and unsettling time, please know that your clergy and leadership are here to be of help in any way that we can.
While we can’t hold services in person, the Conservative Movement’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards has ruled that hearing the Megillah being read via telephone or livestreaming is permitted when necessary, so long as the sound is undistorted, live, and not a recording.  You will find halakhic (Jewish legal) resources below as well as links to a variety of Conservative congregations who will be livestreaming the Megillah both Erev Purim and Purim Day.
We will arrange for Mishloach Manot pickup once the building re-opens.


Halakhic Resources on the Permissibility of Listening to Megillah via Telephone or Internet:


From the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards:
Halakhic Guidance from CJLS about Coronavirus


From Rabbi David Golinkin, Professor of Jewish Law at the Schechter Institute in Jerusalem:
In Light of the Spread of the Coronavirus, Is it Permissible to Listen to the Megilla Reading “Live” via Telephone, Radio, Television, or Facebook


Livestream Links:


Midway Jewish Center in Syosset, NY
Megillah reading 6:30 PM, Monday March 9th and 7:00 AM, Tuesday, March 10th


Park Avenue Synagogue in NY, NY
Megillah reading 8:00 PM (with spiel at 7:00 PM), Monday March 9th


Sutton Place Synagogue in NY, NY
Abbreviated Megillah reading 6:00 PM, Monday March 9th and full Megillah reading 7:45 AM, Tuesday March 10th


Temple Emunah in Lexington, MA – Rabbi Tucker’s home synagogue
Megillah reading 6:45 PM, Monday March 9th