We all have memories of preparing for High Holiday services. My mother would buy a new hat. I would get a new outfit. This year a flattering blouse, a special tie will do. Growing up, we had a long trek to our synagogue and I remember as we walked, we were joined by many others. It was fun, especially on my father’s shoulders until he had to let me down. This year shul is right there in our homes. So now we now have to create the right atmosphere for the holy days as we sit in front of our computer/IPad/phone.
If you are joining us on Zoom for services, there are a few things to consider:
SETTING THE STAGE:
The background behind you is important to setting the scene not just for you but for the other congregants on the screen. Try a few spots to put your device – maybe in front of a place where there is a nice picture or where you have your Judaica displayed.
You do not need to be on camera during services. You can remove the video (but we would love to see you.) You can also post your picture on the screen instead. Do this by going to www.zoom.us.com. If you are stepping away from the screen, it is nice to put your picture up or turn your video off until you return. Please put you proper name on the screen (unless you have an Aliyah or Reading).
If you are coming to services with family members on one devise, try to set chairs in a way that replicates the sanctuary (don’t get too comfortable on the couch – we can see you nodding off).
Remember, if you are “live” anyone who steps behind you can be viewed. Opening cabinets, making a snack, talking on the phone etc. will be seen by all.
WHILE ON ZOOM
Keep yourself muted at all time unless you have an Aliyah or Reading.
For a way to create a Mikdash N'at (Mini Sanctuary) in your home, see Rabbi Jay's article here: CREATE A SANCTUARY