Did you know that Temple Beth El has a stream? No, it’s not the kind where you will get wet, although that might be nice in the summer months. Our stream is a virtual stream for Friday night Shabbat Services.
An idea that started out two years ago with a rag-tag group experimenting at streaming our High Holy Day services from an iPhone has blossomed and grown. While we started streaming Friday night services several months before the occurrence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the inability of our community to gather for Shabbat services has spurred us to “up our game”. Most of these changes, I’m proud to say, have been spearheaded by my older son Evan, who has volunteered his time to be our Technical Engineer and Cameraman. Every Friday afternoon, our temple library undergoes a miraculous transformation into a streaming studio. Another person who deserves a big thank you is Sarah Clopper, who has also joined our streaming team as Sound Engineer.
As a congregation, we are blessed with having two clergy, Rabbi Jeff and Cantor Alison, who are both innovative and imaginative. We do not know what the “new normal” will bring, but as New York begins to ease social distancing restrictions, they are exploring ways to allow streaming of lay-led Summer Shabbat services and limited, immediate family only B’nei Mitzvah services.
Will we be able to gather for High Holy Day services in September? Again, we do not know – but rest assured, if we cannot, our streaming team and clergy will be prepared to bring the services to you.
So on Friday nights at 7:00 p.m., click on the link that is emailed to you for Shabbat services. Come on in, the stream in fine and we promise – you won’t get wet.