Bushey United Synagogue have been preparing for a safe reopening for as soon as they are allowed to, but in the meantime have been conducting a lot of online activities.
Despite some challenges and sadness along the way, the synagogue have created a virtual community and created a togetherness during these difficult times.
Rabbi Feldman, said: “It is quite exciting how the community have galvanised together to help other people. We have had some social events, cultural events, quiz evenings, book clubs, and many more to make people feel part of something and to keep going.
“We already had he means of encouraging people to help one and other, people were looking for a meaningful way to use the free time they had and the opportunity to do more.
“There were definitely a few challenges along the way. Some people aren’t as great with technology and we really needed to offer something that everyone could take advantage of, but its been satisfying to achieve. We had to be there for the families who had some very difficult circumstances.”
The synagogue remains closed for the time being, but Rabbi Feldman has said he is excited for when they can allow people to come back.
He continued: “We are in the process of preparing the synagogue for when communal prayer is allowed. We are making sure we are taking all the right protocols for a welcoming and warm, but regulated atmosphere.
“It is exciting, but we have to make sure it is done when it is safe to do so, and then we have to be flexible with things. Our sensible plan is to keep the virtual platform going for now.”