With sadness, we are now working remotely. Our prayers are with all those ill, and those trying to help. We are all, clearly, advised to self-isolate as much as possible.
The building is now closed. Access to the building is by arrangement only. Mobile phone contacts for pastoral and office management purposes will be on the Synagogue answerphone.
Scheduled meetings are taking place remotely.
Remote Access to the Community
Most of the material we are going to upload will be accessible via our Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/newlondonsyn/. You can read blog posts and see videos from our clergy on this site. Including ‘Welcome to Shabbat’ services, on Friday afternoons (currently 5pm), weekly El Malei Rachamim prayers with the names of those who have Yartzheit, children’s services, sermons and live-streaming Havdalah (currently 7pm).
Sunday morning services, classes and other live-interaction will be shared using Zoom. See below for how to use this.
Together with Rabbi Adam Zagoria Moffet, we are part of a Masorti-wide sharing of material from our clergy and educators. www.masortijudaism.social. This is a great place to find a broader range of material, and is a little less techy-challenging.
All Cheder parents will have had a mail from DY Stern, our head of Cheder with more information about our remote Cheder. We are looking to upload and live-stream Childrens’ Services and other info, beginning with a Zoom service with Stav Meishar Friday 27th March at noon.
We will shortly be launching a series of live opportunities to engage with my colleagues and I, including support preparing for Pesach while self-isolating. More to follow.
As Rabbi Rachel Sabbath Beit-Halachmi, put it, “Our grandparents were called upon to go to war. We are being called upon to sit on the sofa. We’ll be fine.”
A Guide to the Tech
If you have a Facebook account, you can search in the box at the top of the page (with the magnifying glass to the right) for ‘New London Synagogue,’ – for the public access page, or ‘New London Synagogue Members’ for the private page. Click ‘like’ on public access page, and you will see messages from us. You can also return to the page to see new content. You will need to apply to ‘join’ to join the private page, which is for members only. Once we’ve OK’d your membership, you’ll be able to ‘like’ the page.
Zoom meetings are announced with a web-site URL and a nine-digit meeting code with a telephone number. For example, Rabbi Natasha will be Zooming Sunday Morning Shacharit at 9am. You can join her (and me!) via https://zoom.us/j/655495915 or dial in at 0203051 2874 using the code 655 495 915. You only need to use one of these methods for connecting to the meeting, not both. If you want to video-in, you will first need to download the app on your phone or go to zoom.us and join (you can do that on a ‘basic’ or free basis). You can then click on the web-site address and that will open the meeting. Getting to video-in to your first Zoom meeting can take a few minutes, though it is not complicated. I recommend downloading and joining up ahead of time.
If you want to dial-in, you will need to call the number and, when prompted, can enter the nine-digit meeting code.
Links to Zoom help guides
For those who are less ‘tech savvy’ go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4owNlT2hWmQ&feature=youtu.be
NNLS link to Zoom guide https://mcusercontent.com/ff28600caf323e1f83182b640/files/375a8a88-083e-4aa7-b37c-629642669b3f/Guide_to_using_Zoom_for_online_conversations.01.pdf
Zoom official video tutorials go to https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials