For the second time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, a virtual community-wide service will be held to remember and honor Jews in the Baltimore area who passed away in recent months.

“Mourning Together: A Virtual Community Gathering” will be held on Thursday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. on Zoom and Facebook Live.

The gathering will be sponsored by Sol Levinson & Bros., Jewish Community Services, the Baltimore Board of Rabbis, the Baltimore Jewish Council and The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore. 

Jewish Community Services clinician and grief counselor Donna Kane (Provided photo)

Scheduled to lead the service and program are Rabbi John Franken, president of the Baltimore Board of Rabbis and spiritual leader of Temple Adas-Shalom, the Harford Jewish Center; Rabbi Andrew Busch of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation; Beth El Congregation’s Rabbi Steven Schwartz; Rabbi Yerachmiel Shapiro of Moses Montefiore Anshe Emunah Hebrew Congregation; Rebecca Droller, cantorial soloist of Temple Isaiah; Matt Levinson, president of Sol Levinson & Bros., and Rabbi Jessy Dressin, director of Repair the World Baltimore.

Leading the educational support component of the program will be JCS grief specialist Donna Kane, who will focus on coping with loss and mourning during the High Holiday season.

The first virtual community-wide memorial service was held on May 19.

“Unfortunately since the pandemic started, everybody has not been able to have a proper funeral that, as a community, people can come together at in our chapel, or observe a traditional shiva,” Levinson told Jmore in May. “This is a service to acknowledge and honor everybody. …

“This is something we want to do for the community,” he said. “We understand that this is a stressful and difficult time for grieving members of the community, so we want do do everything we can.”

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