Watching our holiday services from afar

Dear Congregation Beth Israel members and friends,

This year we are experimenting with livestreaming some of our High Holiday services so that those who are homebound or hospitalized can watch, listen, and daven along with our community as we gather for these holy days.

We are doing this with technology we already had on hand; the picture quality and audio will almost certainly not be perfect. We don’t have a dedicated cameraperson filming our services, nor do we have a dedicated tech person who can serve as tech support if this doesn’t work! But we hope to record and livestream Rosh Hashanah services on Wednesday evening, Thursday morning, and Friday morning. (I’m not sure we are going to record Thursday evening services, though we might try.)

The videos should appear on our livestream webpage as the services are happening, and they will remain archived there for 30 days (so if you’re not able to watch while the service is happening, but would like to watch them later, they will be available.)

Here is the link for our Rosh Hashanah livestream: Rosh Hashanah 5775 at CBI.

You will need to register with livestream.com in order to see the video, but there is no cost associated with doing so.

We hope that this will be useful to our members who are homebound or hospitalized, and also to members of our community who are far away and are missing the chance to be present with us this week. Of course, if you are nearby and are able to join us in person, that is what we hope you will do! I am looking forward to seeing every one of your shining faces as the holidays unfold. But if you aren’t able to be here, we hope that these livestream videos will work and will be a comfort to you.

We are still in need of someone who can start the recording on Rosh Hashanah morning 1 (Thursday morning). This person would need to press a button to begin the recording, and then to wait a few moments and make sure that the camera connects with the internet and can begin broadcasting. If you will be here on Thursday morning and would be able to serve in this way, please let me know (rabbibarenblat at gmail dot com) as soon as you can.

Wishing you every blessing as the old year winds down,

Rabbi Rachel

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One response to “Watching our holiday services from afar

  1. Dear Rabbi Rachel,

    This sounds wonderful…..thank you for doing it

    Alex, in Scotland, but also agoraphobic, so it helps in two ways :)

    Sent from my iPad

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