Service Zooming at Shabbat

How are Shabbat Zoom Services different than in person Shabbat Services?

  1. Zoom service information is available by emailing (before the beginning of Shabbat), in the weekly Fabrangen Coordinator’s Service Announcement Newsletter and in reminder posts to the listserv. You can also see login information at the top of the Members Only: Latest Events page.
  2. We are using Siddur Lev Shalem.

  3. Service leaders have discretion regarding what is included in the service.

    • There is a consensus not to include the Barchu, the Kedushah, or any of the Kaddishes, but to include Kaddish Yatom, the Mourner’s Kaddish.
    • We will have a silent Amidah, but no kedushah.
    • Any other parts of the Amidah, public reading of opening brachot or selections from later sections of the Amidah are up to the service leader.
  4. Service leaders also have discretion as to what extent they will ask participants to mute or not mute their mics during various parts of the service.
    • The Pesukei de Zimrah leader generally will have more discretion on unmuting the mike because there will be fewer people.
    • Similarly, the Shacharit leader could try some communal singing.
  5. We will not chant from a Torah scroll but John Spiegel will ask people to volunteer to read pesukim in Hebrew.
    • The person reading Torah has the option to say the berakha “la’asok bedivrei Torah.”
    • John will ask the person giving the drash to pick a relatively small section or sections of the parasha to read in English related to the drash.
    • The Torah service should include a misheberach for holim.
  6. We will build in an opportunity for people who might have taken an aliyah to explain why briefly at the end of services.  We may ask people to briefly introduce themselves at the end of services depending on how many people are participating.
  7. We encourage visitors to join us at Fabrangen services.
  8. Each service will have at least one Tech Gabbai. Tech Gabbaim are responsible for
    • Assisting with turning on/off microphones and video feeds of service participants as needed.
    • Letting participants in from the waiting room
    • Providing technical support via chat
    • Dealing with unexpected issues that may arise
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