INFORMATION ON VIRTUAL MINYANS
Our goal during these coming weeks is to create “physical distancing” and not “social distancing.” Indeed, as Israeli historian Yuval Harari notes, humans are “dependent for our very survival on vast networks of cooperation.” Especially because we are physically distant, we must work even more diligently to maintain social closeness.
In this spirit we will be offering online mincha & maariv (afternoon and evening) services at 6:45 pm Monday – Thursday (except holidays), starting tomorrow, March 24th.
We will be following the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards approved position of Rabbi Avram Reisner that this type of online communal prayer gathering does not constitute an official minyan, because there are not ten adult Jews in physical proximity to one another. Thus, we will omit the recitation of devarim shebikdushah (no barkhu, kedushah, various forms of kaddish) – with ONE EXCEPTION.
Since according to Jewish law this is considered a sha’at hadehak (a crisis situation), we will follow the leniency of allowing Mourner’s Kaddish to be recited, if there are ten adult Jews logged in. For participants to be counted in the “minyan” for Mourner’s Kaddish they must be able to see and hear each other through virtual means and be able to recite “amen” and other liturgical replies to the prayer leader.
In order to meet these criteria we will be using the “Zoom Cloud Meetings” app. You will need a camera and audio microphone on your computer or phone. You can download the app for free in your App store for Apple or Android devices. Most smart phones and tablets have this built in. If using a computer, check to see if you have a camera on your monitor.
Join URL: https://zoom.us/j/869895611 for computers. From a phone or tablet the Meeting ID is 869895611.
Then just follow the directions. We will begin at 6:45 pm. Try to log on 5 minutes early. We will inform you of any changes in our URL address.
Click here to download a digital Siddur Sim Shalom for Mincha and Ma’ariv and other various services: https://www.rabbinicalassembly.org/form-download-e-siddur-0. You will need to enter your name and scroll down to “check” the afternoon and evening service for weekdays. You may also use whatever prayer book is available in your home.
We look forward to davening with all of you.
Beth Abraham has Dayton’s only daily minyan. Weekday minyan is held in our Chapel in the comforting surroundings of our beautiful stained-glass windows. If you have experienced a loss or are observing a yahrzeit, our daily minyan provides you with an opportunity to recite Kaddish for a loved one. Please enter using the Chapel entrance on the upper level beneath the canopy. (Please be sure to call the office in advance to ensure we are aware of plans to attend services.) Morning Minyan Times: Evening Minyan Times: