Our 14th year began with a party for our bat mitzvah/13th anniversary. That service was focused on the horrible fires burning across the world, particularly Australia, as that destruction from climate change touched all of us so deeply, and stood in for what seemed to be THE story for how 2020 would go.
Then came March. As our services are the 2nd Saturdays we met in person, a smaller group, and sitting apart from one another spaced out around the circle, not passing a kiddush cup or touching each other’s food or hugging. How little did we know what was coming. We didn’t meet in April, as it was Pesach and we were all reeling from our city being shut down. In May we were back, via Zoom, finding new ways to pray and knowing that each thing we tried was practice for how High Holidays would be happening. In December we switched over to having the liturgy exclusive as a slidedeck, knowing we’d be online for many many more months.