This evening, Monday, April 20, at 7:00 PM, we will gather online using Zoom for a Yom HaShoah v’HaGevurah Memorial Service to honor those who perished in the Holocaust and those who perished in the struggle against the Holocaust. Our siddur will be available online as it is during Shabbat services. It would be appropriate for you to have a small candle available (if safely possible) for this service.
*NOTE: If the link above doesn’t work for you then you don’t have access to our PRIVATE congregation Facebook page and would need that for access. If you have Facebook and are a member of the congregation then I can help get you access. Just email us here and we will make sure that you get the Zoom instructions to join us!
Our weekly online services using Zoom have been a tremendous success with 12 participants at today’s 9am Children’s Shabbat Service and over 26 participants (most with video) at today’s 10am Morning Shabbat Services. It even included Carol calling in from Florida, so don’t let any distance keep you from attending any of our virtual services! We’d love to see you or at least hear your voice as we pray together virtually! We are all in each other’s living rooms for services and will get through these trying times together as a community! Folks have asked and YES, we will be holding 9am and 10am Shabbat services via Zoom each week moving forward for as long as we need to. Check back here and on our private community Facebook page for continued links and to join us in the future.
So with that being said we are excited to announce that we will be holding a Virtual, Online First Night of Passover Community Seder on Wednesday, April 8 starting at 6pm (arrive at 5:45pm to iron out any technical issues). All of the seder details and what you need to celebrate with us should have been sent to you via email or is available on our private Facebook event page titled Virtual, Online First Night of Passover Community Seder. There is a handy Passover Seder checklist that you can use to prepare for the Seder or if you prefer, sit back, put your feet up and just bring your matzah, Manischewitz, Gefilte Fish and whatever you’d like to celebrate with. Rabbi Heath will lead the Seder and provide the virtual Haggadah for us to follow along with.
We look forward to having you join us for our virtual, online First Night of Passover Community Seder. The more the merrier. See you on Zoom next Wednesday!
“Chag Pesach Sameach!” (Happy Passover Holiday)
— Mike Peckman
*NOTE: If the links above don’t work for you then you don’t have access to our PRIVATE congregation Facebook page and would need that for access. If you have Facebook and are a member of the congregation then I can help get you access. Just email me here!
For the past two weeks we’ve been holding a virtual Children’s Shabbat Service and a separate virtual Morning Shabbat Service online with Rabbi Heath. Two weeks ago we experimented with Facebook Live and it was ok but a little tough for some. Last week we used Zoom for both the Children’s Shabbat Service and Morning Shabbat Service. It worked very well and all those in attendance were happy with the service and felt it was a great alternative to in person morning services in light of our current stay at home restrictions.
The virtual Shabbat Services continue again this week (Saturday, April 4) with the Children’s Shabbat Service at 9am (lasting about 30 minutes) and the Morning Shabbat Service at 10am (lasting about an hour). Please consider joining us as we all work together and try to add a bit of normalcy in an otherwise crazy time! At this point, you should have received an email with information on how to connect to our services or if you are on our private Facebook page you should have received an Invite to an Event for each service with a Zoom Link to the Service in the event.
While Zoom is best used with a laptop or computer, it can also be used with a smart phone for video or even a flip phone if you just want to call in to listen. Whatever your technological abilities we can find a way to help you connect to our services. If you haven’t received an invitation or are not on Facebook please send an email to Mike Peckman and I’d be glad to help you out (don’t forget to tell me who you are in the message in case you are not in my contacts).
*NOTE: If the links above don’t work for you then you don’t have access to our PRIVATE congregation Facebook page and would need that for access. If you have Facebook and are a member of the congregation then I can help get you access. Just text me!