Daily Minyan Online. For Congregation Beth Shalom’s guidelines for participating in virtual minyanim, see below. You can download the weekday siddur here. Contact Melani Baker for the Zoom meeting invitation to join. Minyan times:
- Weekdays at 7:00am
- Mondays at 7:30pm
- Sundays at 9:00am
Virtual Kabbalat Shabbat. Join us Fridays at 6pm through May 21 for a virtual Kabbalat Shabbat experience on Zoom! We’ll prepare to welcome Shabbat with the melodious Kabbalat Shabbat service (including Mourner’s Kaddish), led by Rabbi Rose this week, followed by a few words of Torah. If you can, please bring your candlesticks and matches– we’ll conclude with lighting Shabbat candles and then wishing each other Shabbat Shalom while admiring the flickering flames. Please contact Rabbi Rose for the Zoom invitation.
Outdoor Kabbalat Shabbat Services and BYO-Dinner
3rd Friday of the month at 6:30 pm (June 18, July 16, August 20)
Join us the third Friday of every month for a song-filled Kabbalat Shabbat, in the backyards of CBS members in the neighborhood, followed by Shabbat dinner. Please bring your own picnic blanket (or folding chair) and dinner; CBS will provide grape juice, challah, and dessert. Space is limited, and registration is first-come first-served, with a deadline of Friday (day-of) at 9:00am. For security reasons, the location will be provided upon registration. Open to all ages. We will cancel in the event of rain or other inclement weather. We ask everyone to maintain social distancing and wear a mask (when not eating). Please stay home if you are sick or were exposed to COVID-19. We’re excited to sing together again! Register on our website calendar.
Outdoor Shabbat Zemirot
1st Saturday of the month at 7:00pm (June 5, July 3, August 7)
We invite all song lovers, especially those who enjoy the traditional Shabbat songs in the bencher, to join us for a monthly song session in the waning hours of Shabbat in the backyards of CBS members in the neighborhood. Feel free to bring copies of your favorite song and we will have benchers for everyone full of song options. Space is limited, and registration is first-come first-served, with a deadline of Friday (the day before) at 9:00am. For security reasons, the location will be provided upon registration. Open to all ages. We will cancel in the event of rain or other inclement weather. We ask everyone to maintain social distancing and wear a mask (there will not be food at this event). Please stay home if you are sick or were exposed to COVID-19. We’re excited to sing together again! Register on our website calendar.
Virtual Daily Minyan Guidelines
The Conservative Movement’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards (CJLS) put out new halakhic guidelines for virtual minyanim during this crisis. Under normal circumstances (may we speedily return to them!), a minyan must be composed of 10 adult Jews in the same physical space. But in our current sha’at hadechak (crisis situation), they have offered a few different options of how to proceed.
Based on consultation between our Rabbis and our religious practices committee, Congregation Beth Shalom will be following a position that will enable us to count a virtual gathering of 10 as a minyan for the purposes of reciting Mourner’s Kaddish and Kaddish D’Rabbanan, but not the other prayers that require a minyan (like barechu, the kedushah, and the Torah service). The addition of Mourner’s Kaddish (and Kaddish D’Rabbanan) to our daily prayer services was actually a relatively late development in Jewish law, and there is more leeway in its requirement of a minyan than the other prayers only recited with a minyan.
Please note that in order to count towards the 10 for a minyan, you must have video enabled (but you’re certainly still welcome to join with just audio if that’s what you can do). Please see below for more detailed guidelines for participating. If you’re interested in reading the full letter from the CJLS, you can do so here (the position we are adopting begins in the seventh paragraph, “a few more of us hold…”).
- Only those with video on may be counted towards the minyan, though others may participate via just audio. Multiple people can be in the same video screen and all be counted. The key here is that part of being in prayer community together is being able to see each other’s beautiful faces!
- Our virtual gatherings are only minyanim for the purposes of Kaddish D’Rabbanan and Mourner’s Kaddish. We will skip: chatzi kaddish and kaddish shalem, barechu, kedushah, the repetition of the amidah, and Torah service.
-On Monday and Thursday mornings, the leader may choose to read the weekday Torah reading from a siddur or chumash. This should be done without aliyot or blessings. The order of events would be: Tachanun (through the bottom of p. 63)-(optional Torah reading)-Ashrei (p.78).
-In the morning, begin the Amidah aloud and then continue silently after “mechayeh hameitim” at the bottom of p. 36b.
-In the evening, recite the Amidah silently as usual.
- All participants except the leader should remain on mute, but participate normally (singing along, etc.). Participants should unmute for Kaddish D’Rabbanan and Mourner’s Kaddish and recite “Amen” and “Yehei shmei…” aloud.
- If possible, please orient yourself so that you’re facing east towards Jerusalem, and please stand and sit as you normally would.
- Let’s treat each other with compassion- this is a new experience that we’re all embarking on together. Please be patient with each other as we figure out the kinks.
- If you need a weekday siddur, you can download a PDF of it here.
- Please do your best to participate like you would if we were gathering in person! To quote one of my rabbis, Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky: “When you participate in our virtual minyan, try to give it your full focus. Put on your tallit and tefillin. (If your ritual garments are in the shul, and you’re not under quarantine, feel free to come by and pick them up during business hours.) For the virtual minyan, don’t look with one eye, while another eye is on the newspaper or another window on your browser. Don’t listen with one ear and have your earbud set to Spotify. It will take extra work to constitute a davvening community in this fashion. But I am hopeful that we will succeed in creating a special experience, and ‘according to the effort, so is the reward.’”