We are in a time like no other in recent memory. In response to the extraordinary challenges of COVID-19, we have closed our Sanctuary to services. This will include services over the High Holidays.
In lieu of in-person services, Temple Beth Shalom will be holding virtual services one of two ways. For those that are willing and able, we will be holding a series of Zoom “meeting” services, which will mimic the regular Friday night services we have had of late. We are offering these services to our own religious community, but also to the larger West Shore community. In order to more widely offer services and still maintain Zoom security (specifically preventing Zoom-bombing), we are requiring all participants to register separately for each of the six High Holiday Services (below).
For those that are unable to actively participate in the services, we will be offering the services on YouTube as a live stream, which means it can be watched on a computer or TV. Watching services on YouTube will not require registration.
In previous years, we have had a process of High Holiday tickets for non-members, with varying, usually nominal fees to defray some of the costs of the Services. Because of the most unusual circumstances this year, we have decided that we will be dispensing with ticketing. Registration will be required, but there will be no fees or paywall to attend services. Instead, we will be requesting donations to Temple Beth Shalom on a voluntary basis.
Temple Beth Shalom High Holiday Schedule and Registration Instructions
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How to Register:
These studies will be offered on a Zoom Meeting platform. You can participate if you have a cell phone, computer, or tablet.
Registration is required in advance. Go to the link to each program below. You will be required to register separately for each program you wish to join. After registering you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the meeting.
There is no charge for any of the programs.
Service 1: Selichot — September 12, 2020 at 8:00 PM
Selichot Service in advance of Rosh Hashanah
Service 2: Erev Rosh Hashanah — September 18, 2020 at 7:00 PM
Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma’ariv, combined with elements of a Rosh Hashanah Seder
Service 3: Rosh Hashanah Day 1 — September 19, 2020 at 10:00 AM
Shacharit, Torah service, sermon, discussion, and modified Musaf. The Torah service will be around 11:00 AM.
Service 4: Rosh Hashanah Day 2 — September 20, 2020 at 10:00 AM
Shacharit, Torah service, sermon, discussion, Shofar service, and modified Musaf.
Service 5: Kol Nidre — September 27, 2020 at 7:00 PM
Service 6: Yom Kippur Morning — September 28, 2020 at 10:00 AM
Shacharit, Torah , Haftorah, sermon, discussion, and modified Musaf.
Service 7: Yom Kippur Afternoon — September 28 2020 at 5:00 PM
Yizkor, Minchah (discussion of afternoon Torah reading in breakout rooms and together), Ne’ilah (concluding service), Avinu Malkeinu, Tekiah G’dolah, and Havdalah. Break-the-fast at home around 7:36 PM.
Once you have registered, you will receive a unique link to each Service. Put the link in an accessible place, but please do not share it with anyone else.
If you have never participated in a Zoom meeting, take some time to learn what is involved. If you need help in navigating the Zoom software, please contact the office in advance. Someone will reach out to you to help with this.
THIS IS IMPORTANT. If you have a tablet or phone, make sure the name of the phone is your name. If you acquire the Zoom app, you can set your name properly in advance, and entering the meeting is easier. We want your actual name as it appears to us in Zoom, so we can recognize you as someone who registered.
To join the service, click on the link. You will be placed in a waiting room and then brought in to the service in a two-step process. Your microphone will be muted on entry.
Watching on Youtube:
Our Temple Beth Shalom Youtube channel, Temple Beth Shalom – PA, can be found at the following link:
If you are joining the services via Youtube, you can go to our Youtube channel. Active services should be available on the channel at the time of broadcast. You can also bookmark each of the services to put it on your calendar.
Links to Youtube Livestream Services
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