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Congregation B'nai Torah Virtual Services and Daily Minyan

Following the guidance developed by the CJLS (with Rabbi Heller's help), we have moved to a “virtual” format in which we will consider a minyan to be constituted as long as we have 10 Jews who can see each other. Praying at home, looking at a screen is very different from our usual experience. For some tips on how to get the most out of the experience, see this article by Alexander Davis.

If you'd like to be an active participant in our virtual services, visit our Virtual Synagogue at https://zoom.us/j/8297008085.

If you would like to watch our virtual services, all Shabbat and select weekday services are available via livestream here.

For security purposes, our Virtual Synagogue is private for B'nai Torah members and friends. To request access to our Virtual Synagogue, please submit this form, and a member of our staff will be in touch with more information. If you are a B'nai Torah Member, please check your email for the password.

Siddur Request Options: To download all siddurim other than weekday morning, as well as upcoming Torah portions, click here and select "Siddur Lev Shalem"  and/or Etz Hayim with the name of the portion. If you would like to borrow or purchase a siddur or chumash for home use, please click hereIf your child had a Bar or Bat Mitzvah at B'nai Torah, you may already have a siddur at home.


Upcoming Service Time Changes

During the week of Hanukkah, December 10-17, there are a few changes in the service schedule. Please click here for the full Hanukkah candle lighting and service schedule.


Information for Virtual Shabbat

Shabbat Schedule:

  • Friday Night: 6:30-7:30 PM - Click here to access a PDF of the Friday evening siddur.
  • Saturday Morning: 9:00 AM - Click here to access a PDF of the Saturday morning siddur.
  • Saturday Afternoon: 5:00 PM - Service followed by a brief study session, Ma'ariv and Havdalah. - Click here to access a PDF of the Saturday afternoon siddur.


Rosh Hodesh Siddur and Torah Reading: Click here to access a PDF of the Rosh Hodesh morning siddur.

We don’t want to encourage people to use electronic devices on Shabbat and want to minimize any potential violations of Shabbat for those who seek to participate. With this in mind, please download the Zoom app (for phones or tablets) and the siddur (and print out) before Shabbat.

Logging in for Friday night services before Shabbat and leaving the Zoom on is not a problem regarding observance of Shabbat. We have set up streaming so the same room will remain active through the morning service. This means your household can join services Friday night and remain on through the morning service. It is possible to set a computer, phone or tablet to “stay awake” over Shabbat (see below). However, if you are doing this, it is key that you log in from a room in your house where activities and noise will not be a disruption to others. 

How to have your computer/tablet not turn off over Shabbat:

  1. Make sure it is plugged into power.
  2. For iPhone/iPad, in settings, under display and brightness, set auto-lock to never.
  3. For PC, click here.
  4. For Mac, in Control Panel, under “Desktop and Screen Saver,” change “Start After” to "Never."

Information for Virtual Daily Minyan

Morning Minyan: Sunday at 8:45 AM, Monday-Friday at 7:00 AM - Service with short study immediately following. - Click here to access a PDF of the morning service siddur.

Evening Minyan: Sunday-Thursday at 6:15 PM - Service with short study immediately following. - Click here to access a PDF of the evening service siddur.

Beginning Sunday, November 1 - Evening minyan is ma'ariv only beginning at 6:15 PM.


Special Services

Hanukkah Virtual Healing Service - Sunday, December 6 at 4:30 PM
Join Rabbi Heller to find hope and healing through Jewish music, meditation and sacred texts. This service is geared towards any person who seeks strength to overcome their own physical or emotional challenges or feels the burden of having to care for others. We will pay special attention to the emotions of the Hanukkah season as we work to bring more light to our lives. This service will take place in the Virtual Synagogue.


Virtual Service Login Instructions

Computer Video Instructions: Click the link associated with each class above. This should launch the video call. Click "Open Zoom Meeting" to join the class. If this does not work, please follow the instructions below.

  1. Visit https://zoom.us/home?zcid=2478
  2. Create a free account by clicking "Sign Up, It's Free."
  3. At the top right, click "Join A Meeting."
  4. Enter the Meeting ID: 829 700 8085#.
  5. You will then have the option to turn on/off your microphone and video camera.

 

Phone and Tablet Video Instructions:

  1. If you do not have the Zoom app on your phone or tablet, visit the App Store and download the app. The app is called ZOOM Cloud Meetings. Look for the icon below.
  2. Open the app and click "Join a Meeting." You can also click the links below, and you will see a prompt to open the meeting in the Zoom app. 
  3. Enter the Meeting ID: 829 700 8085#.
  4. You will then have the option to turn on/off your microphone and video camera.

 

Two things that we have learned about Zoom:

  1. If you have your camera aimed at your seated face level, other participants will get a different view when you stand up. If you can, aim your camera a bit higher than you normally would, and when you stand, stand back a bit from the camera, if possible.
  2. Ambient noise from all those assembled can overwhelm the leader. We are therefore starting everyone on mute. You can use the microphone icon on the lower left of your screen to temporarily un-mute yourself to respond amen or sing along. If you are on a computer, you can also hit the spacebar.


Additional Questions? Email Ashley Cohen at acohen@bnaitorah.org, and she will have one of our volunteers call you to assist. Every Zoom event also has an associated phone number if you prefer not to join via computer.

Thu, December 3 2020 17 Kislev 5781