TEMPLE BETH AM'S TELEPHONIC SHABBAT
On Friday evening, January 3rd, Temple Beth Am held its second "telephonic"Shabbat Service. When weather doesn't cooperate, we innovate! Each in our own homes, yet connected together by technology, we prayed, sang and welcomedShabbat in a very spiritual and beautiful way. The sounds of the sanctuary came through the phone lines, filling our homes with peace. From the ritual of lighting the Shabbat candles to final Kaddish, we read together, listened to the Cantor's lovely chanting - rising and sitting at the appropriate times - while supporting each other in a special way.
Jews can pray anywhere, and Shabbat happens whether we acknowledge it or not, but having the unique opportunity to be united as a congregation and yet be apart - to be warmed by each other's voices even in the chill of the evening - is what makes TBA a unique experience.
Thank you all who participated and who took responsibility for ensuring that this Shabbat would be meaningful for each of us, even if travel did not permit us to be physically in one place.
Thoughts on our telephonic Shabbat by Bob Lowy:
"Schools closed. Government workers were given the day off. The Governor called a state of emergency but Temple Beth Am conducted Shabbat services as usual! Well, perhaps not as usual. Cantor Inna with the help of Pat Appelbaum decided on having services via conference call. I admit the idea seemed a bit silly, but as congregant after congregant announced their attendance in our "virtual sanctuary" we were truly a congregation. It was a real service with lovely prayer, responsive readings and appropriate readings by Cantor Inna. It was important to have services because people needed to have a prayer said for their sick family and friends, and others were observing Yahrzeit for loved ones. They were not deprived because of a little snow.
Thirty minutes after services began, David Kay gave the announcements and we all wished each other a "Shabbat Shalom" as we hung up. The only thing missing was coffee and rugelach! Thanks for having this great idea!"
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Temple Beth Am (House of the People) is an egalitarian, all-inclusive vibrant congregation that provides programs and resources for those interested in the many aspects of Reform Judaism.
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