Virtual Services – Shabbat and Weekday/Sunday Minyan
In an effort to give us more opportunities to pray together as a community during these trying times, we are going to have virtual services for BOTH Shabbat and Sunday/weekday minyan, effective immediately.
Saturday’s service will be a full standard service with a few differences.
Since we won’t have Torah readers coming into the synagogue, instead of doing the full Torah service we will say a blessing for Torah study, and a few people will chant the Torah portion from a chumash from their homes. Rav Barry will still be giving a d’var Torah relating to Refugee Shabbat.
We invite you to have some wine or grape juice ready at home to join us for kiddush at the end of the services (both Friday and Saturday). We will also leave the meeting link open after services on Shabbat if people want to socialize or virtually have lunch together.
If you prefer not to handle electronic devices on Shabbat, you can set it up before Shabbat, login to our Virtual Service, and just stay logged in until after Shabbat. If you do that, you might want to have your device setup in a place where anyone watching would not see what’s going on in your home when you’re not praying with us.
Please note we need to have a two-way video and sound connection to be able to count people for a minyan, so please have your video and sound on if you want to be counted. The rationale used from a halachic perspective for allowing the formation of a minyan remotely is based on a source in the Talmud that indicates people who can see and hear each other can count together for a minyan, even if they are not in the same place. If you are with us on the video connection, you can recite kaddish and fully participate in all parts of the prayer service. These rules aren’t intended to be for the long run – they are an emergency measure because of these extraordinary times.
These are the scheduled service times:
Friday night: 6:00 PM to approximately 7:00 PM
Saturday morning: 10:00 AM to approximately 11:45 AM
Sunday morning daily minyan: 9:00 AM
Monday to Friday morning daily minyan: 8:00 AM
You can join our Virtual Services on any desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. You can use a landline to have an audio-only connection.
To join in for any of these services, click the link below. It may prompt you to install an app. Allow a couple of minutes for the procedure the first time you use Zoom.
One tap mobile:
Click here for a simple video describing how to join a Zoom gathering: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-How-Do-I-Join-A-Meeting-
If you run into further problems trying to use Zoom, please email RavBarry@h-nt.org before or after Shabbat and either I’ll try and talk you through it, or I’ll get a volunteer to help you. You can try the link at anytime to test if your setup is working.
If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have been placed in quarantine, or have quarantined yourself, please let us know. We are looking at ways that we can support members of our community who are struggling because of this crisis.