Where Can I Access Shabbat Services Online?

(Image: Services at Beth Am) With COVID-19 impacting the entire world synagogues have moved rapidly to online services where ever possible. Orthodox congregations are not allowed to use electricity on the Sabbath. You can get on the email list for those synagogues and they will email members, and you, when they have programming available. They…

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Whose online? EVERYONE!

I have a friend who plays the organ at an East Bay church and the piano at an East Bay synagogue. He marveled at how quickly the synagogue jumped into cyberspace. His church is still struggling with their website. Over the centuries Jews have learned to act fast. Make it work. There’s the joke that…

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Pondering Outdoor Religious Services

(Image is of Temple Isaiah in Lafayette in their outdoor sanctuary in 2016. They currently have NO PLANS to have services here or in their building. You may join them online.) Can we have Jewish religious services out of doors?  Several local synagogues have been using Rabbi Jacob Blumenthal’s Jewish values statement to guide their…

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Shavuot 2020 is all Online

Synagogues have made an amazingly rapid turn to using the internet for programs, services, lectures, etc. Many of us expected to be “finished” with the COVID-19 lock down by now, but here we are. It’s the new normal. Even when houses of worship open some will not feel safe going into a crowd until there…

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“Doing Jewish” Online

What’s happening online in Jewish life? Jewish community everywhere is turning to the internet to be socially connected while we are socially distancing. Here are some examples. My Jewish Learning has a calendar of their events here. Anyone can join in. Most synagogues have gone to online services and classes. For example, Temple Isaiah in…

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