Virtual Services During the Coronavirus
If you would like to download prayerbooks so you can participate in any of our services, the Rabbinical Assembly is generously providing the PDF’s of them. We ask that you please honor their requests of not distributing them, that you only print up to three copies for personal use, and that they are only used during this unique time.
Click here to go to the download page.
The books you will want to get are:
- Siddur Sim Shalom Shacharit Weekdays
- Siddur Lev Shalom Kabbalat Shabbat and Evening Service
- Siddur Lev Shalom Shabbat Morning
Morning Minyan will be held virtually using Zoom technology until further notice, login at 7:00am for schmoozing, we start the service at 7:15am (and 6:45am for schmoozing and 7am start on Rosh Chodesh), and 8:45am, schmooze and 9:00am start on Sundays.
Here is the login: https://zoom.us/j/774655517
Use the book: Siddur Sim Shalom Shacharit Weekdays
Click here for the list of pages used in the service
Regular Shabbat services will be held through our live-stream.
CNS has a full bandwidth video stream, a reduced bandwidth (lower quality) video stream, and an audio only stream. The video and audio quality of our streaming for Shabbat services is far superior to what you get with other streaming platforms like Zoom.
You do not have to go the the CNS Streaming page to get to our stream, here are the direct url addresses which you can bookmark on your computer or your phone.
High Quality Video https://iframe.dacast.com/b/116323/c/480714
Lower Quality Video https://iframe.dacast.com/b/116323/c/526676
By the way, if you’re looking for free internet radio, our hosting service http://www.internet-radio.com has fabulous free streaming of a huge variety of music formats. Have fun!
The video stream is working fine, and is not cutting out on our end (we’ve been monitoring it while doing the services broadcast). And the video streaming company we use does not limit the number of viewers. If you’re having issues, it’s with either your internet connection, or with your equipment.
If the video freezes while watching the main (full quality) stream there are many possible reasons and fixes. I’ll list them all in no particular order;
1) Insufficient bandwidth
The internet right now is overburdened with so many people at home live streaming everything. The connection that had enough bandwidth yesterday might not work today. You can switch to the lower quality video stream, or if that won’t work use the audio only player on the CNS Streaming webpage. Audio uses only 1/20th of the bandwidth of the video.
You might want to kick the kids off the internet during the 90 minutes or so you want to live stream services. Live interactive gaming and multiple people watching movies at the same time can eat a lot of bandwidth.
2) Reboot your device, and reboot your internet router
Over the last few years, I’ve rebooted my DSL router about once a month, during this stay at home period I’m rebooting every other day. I can’t believe how quickly rebooting the router clears up connection issues, which affect your bandwidth and speed. Despite what some folks have said, computers do not work better never being turned off. The memory chips get tired which can corrupt the internal memory, so your computer benefits from a restart now and then (your phone too).
3) Make sure your software updates and security updates have been done BEFORE you need to live stream
What a pain updates are! They don’t ask permission, and take over your device’s bandwidth and processor power. Make sure your computer won’t try to do two things at once, this will definitely get in the way of live streaming.
4) Try a different device, or a different browser
Last Shabbat I live streamed back in real time to monitor the connection, while doing the tech work behind the camera. I used a laptop with Windows 10 and Firefox, my Android phone, and a Chromebook. All were connected to the same CNS wifi so the internet connection was the same.
The Chromebook froze and died after about fifteen minutes. My phone stayed connected, and the laptop stayed connected. Each device has different wifi radio, different processor speed, different video card memory, etc. You may find that your laptop won’t work but your desktop does. Just be flexible and if something is freezing, try a different device.
Chrome is a particularly unfriendly browser for live streaming. Chrome recently decided to do an update and now refuses to allow live streaming from streaming sources that don’t conform to the latest version of security settings. Of course, they didn’t inform anyone before doing this. Chrome can block our audio only stream unless you tell it to allow the stream in your browser settings.
Firefox usually is more friendly, and I can’t tell you much about the Apple world. Just have options available to you.
Strange times, that we need tech support for our Shabbat services. We won’t be able to provide live tech support on Shabbat, but if you have issues connecting reach out to the office and we’ll try to get you answers.
4th Friday Shabbat Sing-a-Long with Rabbi Eve – 4th Friday, 5:30pm
Join Rabbi Eve for a Friday night sing-a-long for families on Zoom. We’ll do a bit of singing, a story and blessings. Please log in and mute yourself until we start. Click here to join Zoom at appointed time.
Kiddush Club – 1st & 3rd Saturdays, 9:30am
Log into Zoom for a virtual Kiddush Club. Morah Sarah Rohr and Gershon Liberman will alternate leading Kiddush Club until we can gather again in person. Click here to join the Zoom at the appointed time.
Tot Shabbat – 1st & 3rd Saturdays, 10:30am
Log into Zoom for a virtual Tot Shabbat. Amy, Levia, Morah Leah and Rabbi Eve will alternate leading Tot Shabbat until we can gather again in person. Click here to join Zoom at the appointed time.
Downstairs Minyan Shabbat Service – 2nd, 4th, & 5th Saturdays, 9:30am
Use the book: Siddur Lev Shalom Shabbat Morning
In addition to the “regular” service, there will also be a Downstairs Minyan starting at 9:30am (schmooze time starts at 9:15am). The link to the Downstairs Minyan service is the same as the Morning Minyan: Click here to join Zoom at the appointed time.
Young Family Flashlight Havdallah – 2nd Saturdays, 6:30pm
We will be updating this page regularly to help keep it as relevant as possible.