The Board met via Zoom again in April to receive updates in a variety of areas. The pandemic has rendered our financial situation unpredictable. We have applied for relief under the Paycheck Protection Program, but we have not received any funds yet. Mark Ross is continuing to work to expedite the process. 

The transition to online religious and Hebrew School has been quite successful, with a high attendance rate. Rina invited the board to attend the end-of-year assembly on May 3. She is also working with a joint committee to prepare for the new, combined religious school this fall. 

The Fund Development Committee has begun working on plans for our 25th Anniversary celebration, including a tribute book titled “Faces of Or Chadash.” Further information on how to purchase tributes will be out soon. 

The Executive Committees of both Or Chadash and Emanu-El have met with our consultant, Rabbi Wolfman, to plan the next stage of our work towards a plan of merger. Efforts will continue on several fronts over the next month.