TBT Adapts to COVID-19, Weekly Update, March 25, 2020


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Shabbat at Home



Join your TBT community on Zoom this Shabbat! (all services will also be live-streamed on Temple Beth Torah’s Facebook page). Click the links for the prayers and song that we’ll be using.


Mi Sheberach – Have a name you want to be included in the public Mi Sheberach list? Email to rablhm@templebethtorah.com by 10 a.m. on Friday. Remember, you can offer any names you wish, as you participate in services.

Kaddish – if you are observing a yahrzeit this week, we especially invite you to join us for services. Your loved one’s name will be read, and it is perfectly appropriate to stand for this prayer at home.


Need Help with Zoom? Here are some helpful hints!



Have questions about using Zoom for services?
Here are some hints:


  • Plan to join “meeting” a few minutes early.  
  • Bring Shabbat candlesticks, candles, lighter, Kiddush cup and even Shabbat dinner nearby. 
  • You will be muted during services: because of lag time on individual computers, it is a cacophony if we try to pray, sing or talk together! Make sure that your computer is muted; at the bottom far left corner, click the microphone. You are muted if there is a red slash across it. Any background noise in your home comes across loud and clear. 
  • How to View: Choose from Gallery View- where you can see all participants, or Speaker view- where you can see either rabbi or cantor (upper right corner.) 
  • Video Choices: While we love seeing each other, feel free to also turn your video off. Click the video in the bottom left corner, next to the audio. That will allow you to hear but not be seen, by others. This is a way to feel more private and less self-conscious in prayers.



Want to Follow the Prayers?



  • Need a prayer book? The Zoom link we send every Thursday will include a link to a prayer book we have created for this experience. You can open it on the computer screen next to Zoom and follow along electronically (this is tough if you are using a phone!) You can also add Mishkan T’filah to your Kindle. If you have both a tablet and a computer, you may want to have the prayerbook on your tablet.


  • If you like prayers in your hand, print out the prayer book– there is one for Friday and one for Saturday. It will be the same siddur each week, but we will send any new songs or prayers and the week’s kaddish list on Thursday. That way you don’t need to reprint the entire siddur each week.


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