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.
Scheduled Service Times:
How to Connect:
For a simple video describing how to join a Zoom gathering, visit 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 he’ll either try and talk you through it or get a volunteer to help you. You can try the Zoom link at anytime to test if your setup is working.
Making a Minyan:
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.
While we need to have a two-way voice and video connection for the parts of the service that require a minyan – kaddish, the barchu, and the kedushah – it’s very distracting when either people are singing louder than the cantor, or there is a lot of background noise. If you have a lot of background noise, or are having a side conversation, please mute yourself. While normally we encourage people to sing loudly and join our voices in prayer, that doesn’t work so well on Zoom – so please join in with a lower volume than you would use at the synagogue, so everyone can hear the prayer leader. For some services we will have co-hosts assigned who will mute anyone isn’t muting themselves whose volume or background noise is disruptive to others.
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.