THURSDAY NOV. 15th 8:30pm
Dear Or Ami Families,
We are pleased to share that Congregation Or Ami’s Mureau Road synagogue is safe and unharmed (though smelly). We are holding Shabbat Services (Fri, Nov. 16) at de Toledo High School in West Hills (information below). We want to give our Fire Remediation Task Force enough time to assess and cleanse our sanctuary space. Our clergy and staff are meeting daily at de Toledo.
First and foremost, our hearts and deepest gratitude go out to the firefighters who worked so hard to protect our synagogue and continue to serve as the first line of defense throughout the state. These brave women and men, including one of our own congregant firefighters, answered the call to duty almost one week ago and have worked tirelessly, with limited rest and resources, to combat the fires and preserve our communities. In the days ahead, we will take steps to show our thanks and honor their service.
Site visits at the synagogue are taking place, HVAC assessments are being made, testing for air quality is being arranged, and we are taking stock of cleaning needs. If you personally are in need of resources for your own home or business such as these, a list of service providers can be found here.
OR AMI EVENTS
- Day Camp will continue through tomorrow, Friday, November 16 but will relocate to Temple Aliyah (6025 Valley Cir Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91367). It will run from 10am – 3pm. The camp will not run next week – Friday will be its last day. We are so appreciative of our Jewish education partners for jumping in to assist with this program.
- Friday, Nov. 16: Shabbat Services and No-Cost Shabbat Dinner at de Toledo High School
- Family Service at 5:30 pm
- Shabbat Dinner at 6:30 pm (RSVP here)
- Adult and Teen Service at 7:30 pm
Many thanks to de Toledo for hosting us and for providing extra security.
WHEN RETURNING HOME: CRITICAL INFO
As a reminder, we want to again provide you with easy access to the resources that have been complied to provide support to the community. Please share this letter with all as they prepare to return home once evacuation notices are lifted. If there are those among you that are in need of housing, there are many families who have graciously offered to open their homes. Information about who is open to providing support, and those who are in need can be found on the Shared Resources Document by clicking here.
FEDERATION’S EMERGENCY HOTLINE
Jewish Federation’s Emergency Hotline at (323) 761-8100 (open 8am-8pm) offers help with free loans, insurance claim advice, legal advice, counseling and more.
Thank you everyone for your commitment to supporting one another. We are particularly appreciative of our staff and interns who tirelessly shined the light of Or Ami. As we work toward reopening, rebuilding and recovery, our strength continues to be our community. We look forward to seeing you all soon. Be safe.