Adapting in Crisis: Congregations in Israel Go Digital
By Estera Wieja
Can you imagine – some congregations in Israel have not been allowed to meet a single time since the pandemic started? Israel introduced its first restrictions in gatherings, which only got stricter over time, a year ago in March! It is hard to believe that Israeli families have not been allowed to worship in larger groups in so long.
Thankfully this year, especially since the end of February, Israel has seen some improvement in what the people can and cannot do. There is greater freedom of movement (we can freely visit national parks, for example). And smaller groups can meet yet again, mostly outdoors, and indoors with added conditions.
We are praying for more and more good news in that regard! You may wonder, what has all of this meant for congregations? For ministry staff and for pastors?
Leading an Israeli Congregation in 2020 and Beyond
Have the congregations been able to continue their work? The short answer is… “sort of”. So, let us give you a longer answer instead. Hopefully, this will inspire you to pray for your brothers and sisters in Israel with more clarity and greater understanding.
The lockdowns have triggered a sense of fear and hopelessness in many households. Aware of these needs, most congregations in Israel were swift in moving their initiatives online. Once they realized this was not a temporary situation, they searched out ways to improve the quality of their media.