A note from Rabbi Miriam before our upcoming Yom Kippur services

Getting Connected, Being Human and Keeping Your Cameras On

If you are able to (and there are certainly legitimate reasons why some
are not able to), please keep your video cameras on during the services.
This is for two reasons:

1) At a time when we can’t be physically together, it is challenging to feel like we are a community, to have a sense of belonging at the DJC or to feel the energy of singing and praying together. For those who had your cameras on for the services on Rosh Hashana, it was so beautiful and moving seeing each other sing and dance, cry and laugh – so human and genuine. We are also a mixture of new members and veterans – please help us make sure that everyone is warmly welcomed by getting to see one another. This request doesn’t mean you have to stare directly at the screen all the time, but please help generate an experience of seeing each other, welcoming each other and being together. FYI our technology glitches have (hopefully) been fixed and having many cameras on was not the problem.

2) Leading the services online is very challenging. Leading a service is in relationship, responsive to the emotions, engagement and participation of the group, as we move through a practice and experience together. When we are together, the energy of the whole group carries the service. When we can’t see you, we can’t tell what needs to unfold next, what needs to be said or omitted, whether you’re with us or not, and the lion’s share of the energy has to come from the leaders.

Let’s carry and lift Yom Kippur together.