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The Path Forward: Tackling High Holiday Services in the time of COVID - Small - Shared screen with speaker view
Rachel Sisk
08:29
Brenda: if you're speaking of this webinar, "Making Your High Holiday Appeal Virtually Appealing" it is not occurring today.
Rachel Sisk
10:12
cjhighholidays.com
Judy Silver
14:53
Amy: please put your email address in the chat.
USCJ Zoom
15:14
you can reach me at close@uscj.org
Andrew Pepperstone
15:26
Rabbi Andrew Pepperstone (rabbipepperstone@gmail.com)
USCJ Zoom
15:27
and the high holiday website is cjhighholidays.com
Gisele Ellis
16:32
What is the new information you reference, Rabbi Baum?
Steven Henkin
18:40
How do you manage congregational participation via Zoom?
Stuart Federow
19:12
How will you handle children's services for the H H ?
judy aronson skokie
20:04
What is going to be done for Selichot?
Stuart Federow
20:05
Same question for all other speakers today
Sally Heckelman
20:20
Do you have people unmute during mourners kaddish?
sheri allen
21:13
yes. I ask those not in mourning or observing a yahrzeit to only speak the responses.
Pam Silverstein
21:49
zoom webinar with livestream or all on webinar?
USCJ Zoom
22:27
there is a link to the "approved" abbreviated service on the cjhighholidays.com website
Judy Silver
22:45
We are looking at webinar. Can you disable the waiting room in advance?
rabbi ben herman
24:05
I don't believe zoom will allow you anymore to disable waiting room for security reasons
Paula Sommer
24:14
Anyone having in-house services with small minyan?
Arlene Bryer
24:38
We are trying outside inperson first and then will hopefully move inside
rabbi ben herman
24:46
as for mourners kaddish we only have 1 person do it (that was the norm when kaddish was first instituted)
Sue Weinstein
25:00
Yes, we are doing small number inside. Cong. Agudath Achim, Little Rock, AR
Rabbi David Krishef
25:09
At the moment, we are planning to allow people to come in person if they want. That could change.
Rabbi David Krishef
25:16
Ahavas Israel, Grand Rapids, MI
Pam Silverstein
26:06
singing is last thing that should be done in-person.
Andrew Pepperstone
26:08
I am about to begin this conversation with my synagogue leadership today and through Monday. This is my first week at my new pulpit in Wichita, KS. They have not done anything via zoom at all except for meetings.
Sue Weinstein
26:12
We will be requiring advanced registration for in-person, and very limited with a minyan plus lay leaders and student rabbi.
judy aronson skokie
26:33
We are not allowing anyone but essential people in the building.
Karen Fischer
26:36
in person but in a tent outside for HH, Monroe, NY
judy aronson skokie
27:12
We cancelled having a choir for this year.
Randall Konigsburg
27:25
We will have up to 50 inside but we dont' think that that many people will want to come. Most of my members would rather be safe at home.
Judy Silver
27:58
We are doing hybrid. 50 inside and live streaming.
Pam Silverstein
28:00
we are doing video recording choir, record solo and stitch ensemble together. video-pad good for this
Sue Weinstein
28:06
We’re thinking about a drive-by shofar blowing.
rabbi ben herman
28:08
we are doing outdoor shofar and tashlich also on 2nd day RH. Great idea. Hot here as well so as late as possible
Ben Matis
28:09
We’re doing a small minyan plus zoom. Just using plexiglass shields. The shofar blower will be standing outside.
Ben F (Chevrei Tzedek)
28:35
Considering small outdoor gatherings each with a shofar blower
Pam Silverstein
28:54
drivein shofar blow, stay in cars, then go to various water options for taschlich
Richard Flom
29:14
We are doing remote services only, via zoom, with only rabbi and hazzan in the sanctuary. might prerecord congregant readings and appeal, davening and torah reading live.
Randall Konigsburg
29:31
Shofar is worse than singing. You can't really sing for any length of time with a mask on. We are looking to get a plexiglass shield for the bima. Only one person on bima at a time and we pushed the first row back a few more rows to get some space for our leader to sing.
Janet Herbstman
29:35
what are you doing about people who don't have internet or devices?
Gary Greene
29:36
We are doing only a zoom service. Little Neck, NY
Fern Cammy
29:43
We will have 20 to 25 inside, and zooming the services. Choir has to be cancelled. We in in Clark, NJ. We have been zoomimg Kabbalat Shabbat and Shabbat morning services with participation.
Arlene Bryer Temple Aliyah, Needham, MA
29:44
Going to have totally virtual HH. Cantor in Sanctuary on livestream, Rabbi at home on Zoom. Hired production company to assist
Cantor David Proser
30:01
KBH in VA Beach also doing hybrid - 40 in the building and zoom to everyone else. Building could normally seat 200+
Rabbi Orrin Krublit
30:22
We are in Orlando and doing in person services in our sanctuary both days and on Yom Kippur, 40-50 inside, and zooming simultaneously.
Doris Pinski
31:12
We are a very small congregation - 33 units. it’s very easy to social distance. we are doing a hybrid service.
Arlene Needleman
31:27
what is webinar zoom?
Judy Silver
31:46
So, do you feel that this webinar format worthwhile
rabbi ben herman
32:01
webinar's a higher level where you control who is seen (just participants in the service)
Cheryl Rubenstein
32:02
Will clergy wear masks and have plexiglass? How long will services be in person?
rabbi ben herman
32:24
on another webinar said plexiglass insufficient. I'm sure better than not.
Pam Silverstein
32:29
webinar zoom has worked with summer services so far
Judy Silver
32:43
We are having a small group of families in our gym so that they can social distance.
Brenda Rich
33:18
Brenda Rich from Congregation Am HaYam Ventura CA Very Small less than 50 units. Everything being done on zoom. Doing that now. Will be doing protection by giving out ID# and sending link to members. Not selling tickets, People can make donations. Most members have their on Chumash. Will be delivering Chumash to those who request one and do not want to buy one. Reasonably priced for buying.
Judy Silver
33:38
Yes you can capture the chat.
Ellen Satz, CBI
33:38
Our families run out of bandwidth if parents and children are watching different services. Plus children Children need to be supervised. So we are only having a family service. Albuquerque .
B'nai Tikvoh-Sholom
34:20
Please look into the latest research. Since coronavirus spreads through aerosolized particles, Plexiglas barriers are not effective.
Cantor David Proser
34:30
We're having Baal TeKiah stand by a front exit door and aim the shofar outside
Robin Wolk
34:42
What are you all doing for teens? Just having them attend the main service? Or are you running teen discussion groups and if so, any topic suggestions?
Pam Silverstein
34:44
will have morning service in two parts with breakout session in-between. several choices for breakout even just schmoozing
Judy Silver
34:52
My Rabbi said that you cannot hear sofar online.
Steven Henkin
35:09
We are going virtual only. I'll be in the sanctuary, our hazzan will be at his house, and we will have a non-Jew running the technology. We are doing local-based, outdoor shofar/tashlikh in 5 different locations where we have congregants. Each site will have a shofar blower and someone leading the shofar service and tashlikh on 2nd Day (Sunday afternoon)
eric cohen
35:09
We’re doing two shofar services: one online, one outside
Randall Konigsburg
35:10
We will have people drive in to hear shofar before RH in our parking lot. Yizkor will be the day before YK zoom only.
Steven Henkin
35:15
Congregation Agudath Achim, Savannah, GA
Pam Silverstein
35:18
total morning service lasting 2 1/2 hours
Cantor David Proser
35:26
Doing Yizkor Sunday afternoon before Kol Nidre
Richard Flom
36:12
For machzorim, we will have contactless pickup for all our members so that we don't need to share the screen during services. also using it as an opportunity to give members a small HiHo gift, i.e., mini jars of honey and a card
Steven Henkin
36:23
For teens: doyou10q.com
Diane Rapaport
37:09
Benton Harbor, MI. No full-time rabbi but we have had an exceptional rabbi for the HH for the past 20 years. He’s also our cantor. He’s in Cincinnati. Zoom except for cemetery visits and Tashlicht. We’re finalizing the services now. The rabbi is technology adept as is our temple president who will host the zoom.
Judy Silver
37:38
In London Ontario, we cannot blow shofar indoors.
Michael Friedland
38:54
We are going to be providing members with a HH kit which will include a mahzor, Jewish calendar, our directory. What other materials for those who are creating such kits are you including?
Arlene Bryer Temple Aliyah, Needham, MA
38:54
We are doing the same as Richard - machzor and tallit pick up times and opportunity to give them a "HH Survival Bag" with a bunch of stuff in it - some food, appeals, letters, schedule, our Adult Ed booklet etc
Pam Silverstein
39:32
we are delivering these bags to congregants, getting usyers to do. or fam service volunteers
Karen Fischer
40:00
great idea
Jo-Anne Tucker-Zemlak
40:18
some kits are including apple/ honey /grape juice/ challah/
Judy Silver
40:59
HH Gift Bags to every household in our membership; one per home. These will include: machzor, holiday thoughts/ideas, honey cake, candles, yahrzeit candles.
Brenda Rich
41:01
Brenda from CAH We are doing Shofar blowing. Yizkor service will be done as we show prayers on screen, Rabbi does a wonderful sermon. Done on Yom Kippur day at 11:20. Names listed and will available to see. No money for hiring anybody. Rabbi does a lot of extra work to have everything showing. Using Zoom acceptable to most everyone in our congregation. Have a booklet of additional reading that will be han78
Steven Henkin
41:13
One of our congregants had the idea of adding to the baskets a hand-held sign that says "Amen," and another that says "Yasher Koah" or something like that
Steven Henkin
41:22
so they can hold it up during the service
Pam Silverstein
41:35
we are giving out honors as being a part of webinar minyan (15 slots) for shifts. as most congregants in livestream
Mordecai Miller
41:39
Yes. We felt Providing Holiday Kits was a way to have some “substantial” way of communicating with the congregation.
Brenda Rich
41:43
That will be delivered./
Rabbi Rubin
41:45
Current plan (Temple Beth Or, Brick, NJ): We are having a maximum of 12 people at each service with advanced reservations required and the requirement of choosing ahead of the Holidays which service each member wants to attend (first choice, second choice) with a livestream camera that is on all the time. RH Second Day Minchah with Shofar added (in addition to the morning) is to be held in the parking lot with FM transmitter to car radios. Rabbi Robert Rubin
Sue Weinstein
41:46
We’re going to hand out gift bags of machzor, small honey jars, honey wands, our memorial book, plus yartzeit candle.
Arlene Bryer Temple Aliyah, Needham, MA
41:53
Great idea Steven!
Ellen Satz, CBI
42:11
Our services are planned in short segments with breaks. People register once but can jump off and on. We were zoom bombed and are very careful. Have limited funds.
Rabbi Stephen Epstein
43:02
How are congregations handling Torah readings and Haftorah readings? Aliyot? Virtual? Just a minyan in the sanctuary? Etc.
Rabbi David Krishef
43:03
andrew
Brenda Rich
43:35
We have fund raising apples and honey event where we prepare bags with 2 round challahs, grape juice, and aplles and honey plus other items. Every congregant gets onw deleivered and can be done according to all safety guidelines.
Cantor David Proser
44:09
We'll pre-tape sermons and post on YouTube. They can watch at their convenience
Talmud Torah of Minneapolis
44:10
The advantage of "breakout rooms" is that you have a better chance of not losing them once they log in once. Yes, it is easier with great tech assistance to get the right people into the right "room".
Rabbi Orrin Krublit
44:23
We're totally eliminating the Torah service in the name of saving time and lives since we're going to be in person and have committed to under 2 hours for services.
Michael Friedland
44:25
Idea from MLB games. We can’t afford to have pix of every member and blown up to place on seats, but we will have large name plaques on every seat with every members name. Will pan our streaming camera to empty seats with names during services.
Steven Henkin
44:26
I'm anti-pre-taping (personal opinion) so my sermons will be live
Robin Wolk
44:35
Does anyone have a supplier to buy havdallah candles in bulk? We were thinking of putting those in our "kits"
Ellen Satz, CBI
44:52
We do break outs on Shabbat. They are random and involve all ages. They are great!
Arlene Bryer Temple Aliyah, Needham, MA
45:01
Nice idea Michael but sounds like a lot of work
Sue Gordon
46:25
We have enough books to deliver them to all congregants so won’t deal with Share Screen.
Rabbi David Krishef
46:39
Also considering eliminating Torah service. In its place a brief sermon on the theme of the Torah/Haftarah reading.
Ellen Satz, CBI
46:55
Is anyone using a prerecorded choir?
Pam Silverstein
47:30
yes. choir director stitching soloists into ensemble. video pad
Paula Sommer
48:12
We are handing out HH resource bag in parking lot, with shofar blowing and ice cream truck, lending machzorim, etc.
Cantor David Proser
48:38
Do these statistics account for masks and room size?
Judy Silver
48:57
We are asking everyone to answer pre-screening questions.
Brenda Rich
48:59
Everything will be live,, All will be muted but when English reading they can be unmuted. At the end of services on Erev RH we had an apples and honey available on tables in all our past years, going to have it this year with everyone having their own apples and honey at home and leaving our zoom and unmuting to talk with each other.. Same with Break the Fast. Bring your own food and schmooze with everyone after the final shofar blast.
rabbi ben herman
49:11
out high test positivity rate in Miami basically ruled out in person services. hoping to do Tashslich and shofar outdoors with great distance between people.
Karen Fischer
49:15
things are better in NY, but we're still going to be outside & livestream
Janet Herbstman
49:29
any ideas for people without devices or internet. We have very elderly people without computers.
Philip Gibbs
49:47
My ritual committee completely nixed prerecording prayers
Fern Cammy
50:06
We have several people who call into the zoom services. no internet.
rabbi ben herman
50:06
I don't like prerecording. we are doing it as backup in case zoom or power goes down
Randall Konigsburg
50:09
So the take away is that we are all making this up as we go.
Sue Gordon
50:25
We’ll be entirely live but are a small congregation. Make that tiny.
Philip Gibbs
50:37
We are absolutely making this up
Ellen Satz, CBI
50:44
Our Rabbi is looking into an audio service (dial up) for those who can’t or won’t get on line.
rabbi ben herman
50:44
I don't think we can rely on live and expect there not to be kinks
Cheryl Rubenstein
50:54
Key is that people need to be flexible Things change daily. Problem is so many people don't believe everything that is reported. I have an older congregation and I worry about them. We are in NY.
Brenda Rich
51:02
What our people doing about appeal???
rabbi ben herman
51:19
we are looking at prerecorded appeal just as prerecorded sermons
rabbi ben herman
51:26
not as part of service
Kit Colorado
51:55
I have heard congregations have had techie volunteers collect and rehab equipment to get seniors and those without tech connected for the holidays. old iPads perhaps?
rabbi ben herman
51:56
RA has Selichot program. Should be outstanding.
Doris Pinski
52:05
Are presidents planning an abbreviated Kol Nidre message or is the plan to eliminate it.
Ellen Satz, CBI
52:43
I wrote a letter that will go out after my appeal.
Arlene Bryer Temple Aliyah, Needham, MA
52:46
We give Pres appeal on first day HH. I will be giving one via prerecorded video
Judy Silver
53:09
I am saying a message. It will be be about 7 minutes.
Alan Brown
55:51
there are so many great comments. Can we get access to these comments after this meeting?
rabbi ben herman
56:07
I copied and pasted them to a word document
Rabbi Andrew Pepperstone (Wichita, KS)
56:25
Yes, please email the chat transcript to the participants of the session.
judy aronson skokie
56:38
where can we get the information about the RA Selichot program?
Gisele Ellis
56:47
I know we have some who have trouble operating computers because of physical challenges. Considering if we can pair them to be hosted by another family safely.
Doris Pinski
57:24
We do not do an appeal. I give a “state of the congregation” report. Believe it or not, I’ve served as president since 2002.
Arlene Bryer Temple Aliyah, Needham, MA
57:37
We expect to lose $20K in HH tickets
Ellen Satz, CBI
58:14
What we have found is they don’t want or cannot pay for internet service.
rabbi ben herman
58:40
https://www.rabbinicalassembly.org/story/selihot-night-live
judy aronson skokie
59:13
thank you
Sue Weinstein
59:37
We have never charged for HH services and often have ‘sacred guests’. We’re not dependent on our Kol Nidre appeal but still do it.
Philip Gibbs
01:00:14
absolutely not
Karen Fischer
01:00:15
tickets are included in our dues
Alan Brown
01:00:18
We have seen many families/individuals helping others that don't have internet access or knowledge of how to attend services online
Brenda Rich
01:01:21
Brenda at CAH Financial sources are down. Having to contact members to send in anything now to show they will join and can make payments. But adjustments can be made. We did get our landlord to reduce our rent by $750. Have a voluntary appeal that went out with our dues and that brought in some finances but less than last year. But have an
Sally Heckelman
01:01:32
Is general consensus on length of RH service 2 1/2 hours and YK a little longer?
Arlene Bryer Temple Aliyah, Needham, MA
01:01:41
Sorry should have clarified $20K in guest HH tickets
Steven Henkin
01:02:03
I'm aiming for 2 hours, not more than 2.5. I don't think people will last online longer than that
Rabbi Andrew Pepperstone (Wichita, KS)
01:02:05
The transcript is on zoom.us attached to the recording of the webinar.
Brenda Rich
01:02:06
last year,
Arlene Bryer Temple Aliyah, Needham, MA
01:02:09
about 2.5 hours as well
Rabbi Dennis Linson
01:02:14
at the bottom of the chat window... click the three dots and then click save chat
Rabbi Andrew Pepperstone (Wichita, KS)
01:02:25
Nice!
Rabbi David Krishef
01:02:36
1 1/2 to 2 hours is our RH goal.
Rabbi Dennis Linson
01:02:52
three dots... 'more' opens 'save chat'
Gary Greene
01:02:55
Thank you for your insights.
Pam Silverstein
01:03:00
2 1/2 hours with 30 min breakout in middle
Cheryl Rubenstein
01:03:17
Thank you for sharing this with us today.
Gisele Ellis
01:03:19
Two separate one hour pieces of the service each day with a break between. Shacharit+Torah day 1, torah+musaf day 2.
Fern Cammy
01:03:36
Thank you David & Sheri!
Rabbi Dennis Linson
01:03:50
Yashar kochem. Thank you.
Pam Silverstein
01:03:55
thanks
Rabbi David Krishef
01:03:56
Thank you David, Sheri, Aimee, USCJ for organizing this.
Ellen Satz, CBI
01:04:34
Thanks from Albuquerque!
Jo-Anne Tucker-Zemlak
01:05:09
The chat will be sent to you by Aimee when this is over
Janet Herbstman
01:06:16
thank you from the south suburbs of Chicago
Sally Heckelman
01:06:39
Thank you!