For centuries, synagogues have played a central role as places of holy gathering, learning, prayer, and service. Purim 5780 was a wonderful example of how Ahavath Torah Congregation, in particular, is thriving as a dynamic and joyful kehillah. There comes a time when our Jewish community is confronted with sha’at had’chak, an hour of duress, when lives and safety are at risk and the kehillah must adjust. But the moment in which we find ourselves is not limited to Jews or synagogues, nor even to Americans . The advent of COVID-19 is a global crisis, and our faith demands of us that we stand now as citizens of the world.