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		                            <span class="slider_description">Our annual Community Passover Seder</span>
		                            <span class="slider_description">Youth group volunteering at Food Bank warehouse</span>
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		                                    Wine Whiskey and Worship		                                </span>
		                            <span class="slider_description">Wine, Whiskey and Worship. Yes, that's right.  
Its a cocktail party Shabbat and so much fun!</span>
		                            <span class="slider_description">Torah School story time</span>
		                            <span class="slider_description">COT team providing meals at 
El Camino Homeless Organization</span>
		                            <span class="slider_description">Multi generational Shabbat celebration</span>
		                            <span class="slider_description">Celebrating a wonderful simcha</span>
		                            <span class="slider_description">How many kids can you fit on a teeter totter?  
We've had 8!</span>
		                            <span class="slider_description">Some of us just love to dance!</span>
		                            <span class="slider_description">Our annual summer 
Shabbat "Shul by the Pool"</span>
		                            <span class="slider_description">Proud Bar Mitzvah</span>
		                            <span class="slider_description">Traveling to Israel together</span>
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Livestream Shabbat 

Congregation Ohr Tzafon Response to COVID/19

Your health and the health of our community are of utmost importance to us at Congregation Ohr Tzafon. A special safety and health committee, charged by our Board of Trustees, in consultation with guidelines from the California Department of Public Health and the CDC, was convened on March 13 and our committee made the decision to suspend all services, gatherings and special events for 30 days.   We will reevaluate our next steps on this 30 days expires. 

As of that decision, there were no confirmed cases of COVID/19 in SLO County, but that has changed and cases have increased daily. You can follow daily updates at

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and California Department of Public Health tell us the only thing that will slow the spread of the virus is to implement “social distancing” and now to follow the state and county mandate to shelter at home. 

All gathering at Congregation Ohr Tzafon are now cancelled or postponed until further notice.  This includes all services, Tot Shabbat, special events, Torah School and all gatherings of more than 10 people.

During this closure, we are live-streaming Shabbat services via our Congregation Ohr Tzafon YouTube channel , conducting Board meetings, religious school and B'nei mitzvah tutoring via Zoom meetings.

Rabbi Janice is continuing to offer pastoral care via phone and Zoom. Please reach out to her to schedule appointments for care and support.  For further questions on any of this information, you can contact Larry or Melany Spielman.

There will be much more information soon to come, but that’s it for now. We pray for health and healing in the days ahead.  And in uncertain or fearful times may we feel connected to all that is good in our world and know that we are not alone.


Rabbi Janice Mehring

Larry and Melany Spielman, Co-Presidents

Linda Becker, RN, MPH

Irwin Shelub, MD

Jerome Becker, Immediate Past President and Security Committee Chair



A Prayer of Hope During this Pandemic
by Rabbi Naomi Levy

We are frightened, God,
Worried for our loved ones,
Worried for our world.
Helpless and confused,
We turn to You seeking comfort, faith and hope.
Teach us God, to turn our panic into patience,
And our fear into acts of kindness and support.
Our strong must watch out for our weak,
Our young must take care of our old.
Help each one of us to do our part to halt the spread of this virus 
Send strength and courage to the doctors and nurses
In the frontlines of this battle,
Fortify them with the full force of their healing powers.
Send wisdom and insight to the scientists
Working day and night across the world to discover healing treatments.
Bless their efforts, God.
Fill our leaders with the wisdom and the courage
To choose wisely and act quickly.
Help us, God, to see that we are one world,
One people
Who will rise above this pandemic together.
Send us health God,
Watch over us,
Grace us with Your love,
Bless us with Your healing light.
Hear us God,
Heal us God,

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