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The Power of Shabbat, Even Over the Loudspeaker

Cantor Laura Stein, LMSW
July 6, 2020

Even as structure and routine begin to crumble, ritual observances don’t stop for the virus. As did many generations of Jews before us, we must adapt ritual to this unprecedented way of life, and Shabbat services, a mainstay for nursing home residents, necessitated creative adaptation.

My Letter of Gratitude and Hope to a Synagogue Across the Country

Parisa Vinzant
April 27, 2020

Earlier this month, I joined a Virginia synagogue's virtual Shabbat services, led by its youth group teens. Afterward, I composed and sent an email to the congregation’s cantors to tell them how touched I was by the service and to express my sincere gratitude to them.

What's Real about a Virtual Shabbat Service?

Howard Richard Debs
April 21, 2020

Frankly, I was skeptical about attending services online – but it was the occasion of the yahrzeit (anniversary of death) for my wife’s brother, and this was our only option for respecting her wish to recite the Mourner’s Kaddish with our Jewish community.