We are very much looking forward to bringing in 5781 #VirtuallyTogether as a community. This page contains technical details to help make the experience as smooth as possible. Please read this carefully TODAY so you can test your home setup.

To take advantage of particular benefits of each technology, some services will be streamed on YouTube Live and others will take place via Zoom/Facebook. Both offer opportunities for community “chatting” to help you connect to your friends and family. See the worship schedule and other details at www.sholom.org/hhd2020/.

YOUTUBE CHANNEL

Most services will be streamed through YouTube, which you can view at live.sholom.org or clicking through here. The clergy will lead worship from the PTS sanctuary and chapel, which we hope makes you feel like you’re a part of our sacred space.

ZOOM

Selichot, Erev Rosh Hashanah, the Yom Kippur panel discussion, Neilah/Havdalah, Tots and Torah, and Youth workshops will take place through Zoom (and, in some cases, pushed to Facebook). You can find all needed Zoom links here. If you misplace this email, go to the PTScalendar, log into ShulCloud, and find the program or service.

CHATTING DURING SERVICES

Unlike when we are in person, this year “chatting” is encouraged. Although participants will be muted, you will be able to use the text-chat functions built into YouTube and Zoom to talk with friends and family.

ZOOM HELPFUL HINTS

When on Zoom, there are different options for viewing other participants. Speaker View automatically focuses on the speaker, while Gallery View allows you to see every participant in a grid. Most of the time, however, we will spotlight the service leaders for you. Instructions on how to change your view can be found here.

VIEWING SERVICES ON THE “BIG SCREEN”

While all you need to log in is your computer or table, to make the experience more special and more comfortable for households with multiple individuals, we encourage you to connect your device to a TV screen. You may be able to do this wirelessly, and we encourage you to explore the capabilities of your own devices. If you need to connect your device to your HD TV with cables, the instructions are fairly straightforward. It requires an HDMI cable (basic version available to buy here) and an adapter if your device does not have an HDMI port. The adapter you need depends on your device, but is likely a USB-to-HDMI adapter or a Thunderbolt-to-HDMI cable. Make sure to check which connection is needed for your device. After plugging the HDMI cable into your device and the TV, you will then change the input on the TV and possibly the display settings on your device. This article explains the steps for Windows and Apple devices. You should also be able to find instructions for your particular device and TV through a Google search.

INVITING GUESTS

Your guests are welcome at no charge, although donations are encouraged sholom.org/donate. Please ask your guests to register using the HHD Guest Registration form so we can send them links directly and know who they are for security purposes..

WHAT HAPPENS IF THE INTERNET GOES DOWN OR THERE IS A DIFFERENT TECHNOLOGY FAILURE?

We know that technology can have glitches, and are doing everything we can to ensure that things run smoothly. That said, services are being recorded, and if the internet fails, they will be posted online as soon as possible. If we are forced to shut a congregation-wide Zoom session for security reasons, you will promptly receive an email with a new service link. While we don’t anticipate any issues, we want you to know that we have considered a variety of scenarios.

If you need assistance with your personal technology setup, we encourage you to seek help from a family member, friend, or technology vendor. If you have PTS-related questions about technology, please email Shelly Smith at ssmith@sholom.org by September 11 to ensure there is time for us to assist you.