Dear Residents and Family Members:

Beth Sholom is now in day 8 of our Campus Wide Lockout to All Visitors.  Currently, we DO NOT have an active case of the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

As this week ends and our residents and staff are adjusting to the “New Normal”,  I’d to share an inspiring letter sent to our hard working and dedicated staff from Chaplain, Rabbi Randi Nagel (see below).

Please be safe and follow the CDC guidance of social distancing and frequent hand washing.

Thank you,
Morris S. Funk
President and Chief Executive Officer

 

To Staff from Chaplain, Rabbi Randi Nagel

Dear Staff,

In this time of a global pandemic, I am comforted, inspired and humbled by the work that all of you are doing to bring care, compassion and continuity to our residents.  There is no doubt that we are all struggling to find the “new normal” in a situation in which none of us has ever been in.

These past days have been fraught with anxiety and fear of the unknown.  Our daily routines have been impacted significantly.  Some of us have had to worry about the health and isolation of our elderly parents/relatives or our children (who will care for them while I am at work, how will they continue their education, how will I feed them), while caring for ourselves and our residents. We are also worried about our finances in the days ahead.  These are certainly difficult times.

One thing I am certain of is that the work we are doing here at Beth Sholom is the most critical and valuable work that is happening in our community today.  We are tirelessly working to take care of our residents physical, mental and spiritual health.  We are also trying to comfort our resident’s families who are unable to physically touch or see their loved ones.

Sometimes the difficult task of being a healthcare provider as well as a human being with anxiety and worries of our own can be overwhelming.  However, the sacred work that we are doing is not being overlooked. It is easy to be discouraged and feel alone during this time. When others are asked to stay at home, we are asked to leave our families and come to work.  And when we get here, we do not know what our shift will bring.  Change is rapidly happening, and each day poses a new challenge or opportunity for growth.  In this time of great tumult, I know that we all have the grace, strength and understanding to come together to continue our sacred work.

May we all look at the world as a very narrow bridge and the most important thing is that we not be frightened to cross it.  The wisdom behind this is that despite our thinking that we are in total control of our world, we really are not.  Our lives are very fragile and sometimes we get reminders of this.  The world is not a field in which we might rest, but a bridge, the symbol of passage, of journeying. And the secret is not to find a safe place, but to navigate the narrow crossing and remain unafraid. We will cross this bridge together, holding hands, urging each other forward with reassuring words and acts of kindness.  We are the best of the best! Beth Sholom means House of Peace.  Together we will continue our journey forward in uncharted land so that we will bring peace, health and happiness to our residents.

I have faith that love and kindness are contagious during this time as well.  The love we have for this campus, this community and each other has surly shone these past few days.  We have a long journey ahead of us but together we will map it out.

We are here to support each other, reach out to me, the senior administration or your peers for support.  And offer support to someone who may need it.  If you need a few minutes to breathe, take a breath.  If you need encouraging words, seek them out.  Do what you must to take care of yourself.

Together we will rise above this pandemic.

With love and peace (shalom),

Rabbi Nagel