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All in-person gatherings are suspended until further notice.

 

How to Attend High Holidays on Zoom

 

 

For the first time ever (and we hope the last), the Shul is holding a Virtual High Holiday Celebration on Zoom.

 

NOTE: There is no registration fee required to attend High Holiday Services on Zoom. If you would like to make a donation you may do so here.

 

Download the High Holiday Machzor.
 

 

What to expect:

  • The same moving, wonderful High Holiday experience you have always enjoyed with Rabbi Eva, Rabbi Burt, Adam Feder, and The Shul Band.
  • And the same wonderful (crazy?) Kol Nidre Appeal from Don Brancaccio.
  • Services will be about 90 minutes long.
  • To minimize distractions, you will be muted, and chat will be periodically disabled throughout the service.
  • The Shul will spotlight the Torah, speakers, and musicians when appropriate and occasionally share a video, music, or an image onscreen.
  • You will always have the option to switch to Gallery View to experience a feeling of community.
  • You will receive 2 emails from the Shul: a zoom invitation and a password email.
  • Feel free to forward these emails to family and friends. DO NOT post the information on social media. 
  • Copy the password in the password email (zoom calls it a passcode just to be difficult) or write it down.
  • Click the link in the invitation email and then paste or enter the passcode (happy now?) exactly as it appears with no leading or trailing spaces, when prompted.
  • Then click OK (or Continue) to enter the meeting.
  • If the password doesn't work, close (or quit) the zoom app and try again.
  • If you are early (more than 10 minutes before the service), you will be in the Waiting Room. This means you made it in but we aren't ready yet. Please be patient - you will be admitted shortly.
  • Having trouble using Zoom?  We can help.

 

IMPORTANT


Please update your Zoom app to the newest version. 

The newest version of Zoom has the best security and will provide the fullest High Holiday experience.
 

There are 2 ways to update Zoom: 1. Inside the Zoom app;  2. On the Zoom website. 
Note: Tablets/phones are automatically updated.

 

Method 1:  Update in the Zoom app.

Open the Zoom app, then click your profile icon next to the search bar in the upper right area. When the menu appears, click Check for Updates. See pic below.

 

 

Method 2:  Update on the Zoom website. 

Click this link: zoom.us, and then on the Zoom website click the blue button under Zoom Client for Meetings. Download and install the update.

 



How to use Zoom (Never used zoom? Click here.)

 

The following instructions are for the newest version of Zoom. Please update now.

Please note that some features are not available on tablets and phones.

 

Zoom Mute

 

The mute button at the lower left of the zoom meeting window is for your microphone. When you are muted your microphone is off. When un-muted the microphone is on and we can hear you. This does not control the sound you hear. Use your device's volume control to adjust the sound level.

 

Zoom Video

 

The video button at the lower left of the zoom meeting window is for your camera. When your video is off no one can see you. When it's on, we can see you (with or without pants).

 

Zoom View Options

 

You can select what you see in the Zoom app. Click View in the upper right corner of the zoom meeting window to change the view.

  • Speaker View  The person speaking fills the screen.
  • Gallery View  Small video boxes fill the screen (think Brady Bunch or Hollywood Squares, or if you are under 30, a bunch of TikToks). You may need to scroll left and right through multiple screens to see everyone.

NOTE: The view will change when we spotlight someone or share a video or picture. 
 

 

ASL Instructions

 

There will be ASL interpreters at all services. To keep the ASL interpreter in view you will need to Pin their video. Interpreters will be on the first screen in Gallery View. Click the menu button (three dots) in the Interpreter's video box and then click Pin Video.

 

 

 

During screen shares, use Gallery View and then scroll to find the interpreter. 

 

 
 

General Instructions for first time Zoomers.

 

If you are new to Zoom, you can get started with a minimum of effort. (Setting up Zoom won’t even require intervention from a nearby grandchild. Maybe.)

 

Joining a Zoom session can be done on a computer or a tablet/phone. Either way, you are required to download and install the free Zoom app. Give yourself about 5 minutes before your first session to do this.

 

What you will need:
 

  • For the full experience (video and audio) you need a computer that has a camera, microphone, and speakers, or a tablet/phone and access to WiFi.
  • Audio only is available by dialing in on your smartphone. 

           

 To get on Zoom:  Click the Link in the invitation email and then enter the password.

 

Instructions to download and install the app:


On a Computer: 

  1. You will be prompted to download and install the free Zoom client software.
  2. You may have to give it permission to make changes to your device. Please say yes. You can trust us, we’re a Shul.
  3. Once it is installed, you will join the session and be prompted to enter the passcode. If not, then click the join link in the invitation email again.
  4. You may have to click buttons that say “Join with video” and “Join with audio.”
  5. If you get a message saying you can’t join because the host hasn’t arrived, don’t panic. The host will arrive soon and you will automatically enter the session.

 

On smartphones: 

  1. You will be prompted to install the free Zoom app from the appropriate app store.
  2. Once it is installed, you will join the session and be prompted to enter the passcode. If not, then click the join link in the invitation email again.
  3. You may have to click buttons that say “Join with video” and “Join with audio.”
  4. If you get a message saying you can’t join because the host hasn’t arrived, don’t panic. The host will arrive soon and you will automatically enter the session.

 

If you do not have access to WiFi, you can join a Zoom session on your smartphone with only audio by clicking or dialing the phone number in the invitation. You know, using your phone like it’s a phone.  
 

For all future events, just click the link in the invitation and enter the passcode, and the Zoom app will open automatically. Congrats, now you are a Shul Zoomer! (Or maybe a fountain pen.)

 

A NOTE ON ZOOM ETIQUETTE

We want everyone to have a pleasant time while Zooming with the Shul. Following a few simple guidelines will help everyone enjoy the experience.

  • (NOTE: Muting will be controlled by the Shul during High Holiday Services.) In a Zoom session, when you are not speaking, please mute yourself. This will prevent a cacophony of noise and ensure everyone can hear the speaker. Keep yourself muted during services, unless the Rabbi asks you to un-mute. This is particularly important for singing, as there’s a slight delay. If you do speak, please re-mute yourself when you are done. 
  • If you are in a room with someone else, please share a device. Using two devices near each other will cause audio echoes.
  • Remember that everyone can see you even when you aren’t speaking. We won’t go into all the ways this could be embarrassing. Feel free to use your imagination.
Wed, September 23 2020 5 Tishrei 5781