Instructions for Virtual Zoom Shabbat Services:
Join a Meeting
  • You can join a meeting on your computer or mobile device.  I like computer because the screen is bigger.
  • To join a meeting via Zoom, you will either need to join by computer/mobile device or by calling in from your phone. We recommend joining by computer/mobile device for a more complete experience with video and text capabilities.  You will be able to see each others faces and interact with a chat feature.
  • If you really don’t want to use the computer or you don’t have wi-fi or internet, NO PROBLEM.  You can still join in by calling in.  The information on how to do that will be in the Temple email.
  •  Each meeting will have it’s own weblink, meeting ID and phone number, starting with our service tonight.  You will see that information in the Temple email.
  • In addition to Shabbat, you’ll probably also get links for other Temple Beth-El meetings that will be taking place.  By the end of this time, we’ll probably all be pros!
  •  If this is your first time using Zoom, you will be provided instructions on how to download and install Zoom. If you have difficulties please try a different browser. (Translation: if you’re on Internet Explorer, try Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox).  If you’re on a mobile device you can download the Zoom app.  If you give your computer permission to do so, it will download Zoom for you and then open the meeting for you. If you are asked for the meeting ID number, you can enter that.  Other than the meeting ID, you should not need a password.

See bitly.com/Zoom-Info-Video for a short video tutorial on how to join a meeting.

Once in a Meeting

  • Add Audio: Once you’ve joined the meeting, you’ll be asked whether you want to add audio through your computer or phone. Either is fine, but if you don’t have a stable internet connection, you can join by dialing in with your phone.  There is even a way you can test the audio.  You will see a prompt asking if you want to test your speakers and microphone.
  • Add Video: From your meeting screen, click on the video camera icon which will appear when you move your mouse to the lower left hand corner.

There are various controls to mute/ unmute, turn video on/ off, chat with participants and more. See bitly.com/Zoom-Controls for a short video tutorial.  As we start our call tonight, I will give a brief tutorial as well.

Additional Tips and Guidelines for Online Meeting

  • If you choose to use the video camera feature, please try to set the view so that your full face is visible and there is no glare or light fixture behind you. This will help others see you better, especially those who have visual impairments.
  • Please mute yourself when not speaking by clicking on the microphone icon. This icon is also visible by moving your mouse to the lower left.  This will keep extraneous noise in your environment from disrupting the meeting.
  • For our Shabbat services, everyone but the person speaking will be muted.  Otherwise, there will be a lot of feed back.  I encourage you to sing along to the prayers in your homes and we will see each other’s mouths moving.
  • Please also try and be patient.  This is all a giant work in progress and we’re trying our best to make the best of a really hard situation.

Thank you to Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos, CA for the Zoom Call information

Erev Shabbat Services

First, Second, Third and Fifth Friday at 7:00 pm,

Early Shabbat Service

Fourth Friday at 6:00pm,