TeleTefila.com

Online Shabbat Morning Services and a variety of social events

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About us

A group of friends from the West Side Minyan and Minyan Rimonim (both of which are part of Congregation Ansche Chesed) founded TeleTefila shortly after Purim, 2020, when it became clear we could no longer meet in person, due to the Covid pandemic. Since then, our merry band has expanded to include friends from Massachusetts to Delaware.

Starting in 2023, both Minyan Rimonim and the West Side Minyan began holding hybrid services, where you can participate in person or on ZOOM. TeleTefila continues to meet online on the other Shabbatot and on Festivals.

The West Side Minyan, Minyan Rimonim, and TeleTefila have significant overlap in membership. They are, however, independent of one another and have some differences in practice. Hopefully, this chart will clarify the differences:

  West Side Minyan Minyan Rimonim TeleTefila
Format Hybrid Hybrid Online
Masking Required except when leading davening, leining, or giving a d'var Torah. Required except when leading davening, leining, or giving a d'var Torah. You're in your home, do what you like!
Baalei T'fila and Baalei K'ria (Davening leaders and Torah readers) Lay Lay Lay
Egalitarian Yes Yes Yes
Siddur "Slim Shalom" "Slim Shalom" Whatever you like
Where 6th floor of Ansche Chesed and Zoom 6th floor of Ansche Chesed and Zoom Zoom
Counting a minyan In the room + people visible on Zoom In the room People visible on Zoom
Time

9:40 am: Birchot haShachar & P'zukei D'zimra

10:00 am: Shacharit

10:00 am: Birchot haShachar, P'zukei D'zimra, and Shacharit

9:40 am: Birchot haShachar & P'zukei D'zimra

10:00 am: Shacharit

Shabbat and Festivals Meets on the second Shabbat of each month, and holds Festival services when they fall on the second Shabbat. West Side Minyan continues to hold High Holy Day services, as it has for many years. Third Shabbat of each month, but does not meet on Festivals even when they fall on the third Shabbat.

Every Shabbat and Festival that does not conflict with WSM or Rimonim. (Usually just the first day of Festivals.) Also, TeleTefila observes Havdalah together online and a Kaffeeklatsch on Wednesday evenings.

 

Shacharit Heicha Kedusha (only first three blessings said aloud) Silent, followed by Reader's Repitition Heicha Kedusha (only first three blessings said aloud)
Kadishes All All Some
Torah Triennial. Maftir aliya only on special occasions Full K'ria with Maftir aliya Triennial. No Torah scroll; no aliyot. Maftir aliya only on special occasions. Aliya Chatima in English.
D'var Torah (DT) Yes. Sometimes includes a Torah discussion. Yes Yes. Sometimes includes a Torah discussion.
Haftara No Yes Yes. If the Sephardic Haftarah is significantly shorter, we read that.
Musaf Yes Yes Yes
Governance Steering Committee Vaad Leadership & Staff
Coordinators Davening: Iris
Leining: Barbara Sontz
DT: Carol
Davening: Nos
Leining: Larry W (odd months); Ellen (even months)
DT: Jeremy G
Leadership & Staff
Leining: Gila
Website http://www.westsideminyan.org/index.htm It's outdated but there's a lot of interesting information, particularly under the Resources tab. http://minyanrimonim.org/ Outdated. You're already here!
Order of service and page numbers

Order of service and page number charts

Order of service and page number charts

Order of service and page number charts

Guide for davening leaders and Shamashim WSM guide Rimonim guide ---

 

If you have questions, drop a note to info@TeleTefila.com . We'd love to hear from you.

Times and texts for this Shabbat and/or Festival

These times, for New York, NY, come from HebCal.com and are provided as a convenience. They are updated every sunday evening.

We do not observe everything on the HebCal list. See our Calendar below for details.

Havdalah: We follow the AppleBank calendar (which has the Haskamah of Rav Applebank) for the correct time to make Havdalah. The Rav's Havdalah calculations — which are reflected in our Calendar — vary from Hebcal by only a couple minutes.

Instructions: If you click on the name of the parsha, you'll get the chapter and verse for this week's readings on the HebCal website. You'll also see "Pocket Torah," audio recordings of every Torah verse, according to the notation of A.W. Binder and Lawrence Avery. From HebCal, you can click and get the actual Hebrew and English texts of the readings, curtesy of the Sefaria.org website.

Calendar for TeleTefila, West Side Minyan, and Minyan Rimonim
April–June 2024

We're now in the year 5784, the second year of the triennial Torah reading cycle.

You are invited to every service and activity on this Calendar!

Tue,
Jun 11

West Side Minyan

WSM logo

Tikkun Leil Shavuot — ONLINE
We study in memory of Phil Gold, z"l

 7:00 pm We begin our study

 8:09 pm We take a break for candlelighting and to grab some grub.You're welcome to eat while we continue our study.

Login: You can log in before Yom Tov and keep the ZOOM meeting open through Shacharit the next morning: http://www.teletefila.com/login.html#connecting

We begin with:

  • Gila — Ed Lipton's "Ruth" song
  • Carol — Yizkor
  • Evelyn — History of Women Reading from the Torah.

We continue, in no particular order . . .

  • Marge — Why is Shavot like graduation?
  • Bonnie — Franz Rosenzweig
  • Valerie — Shavuot jokes
  • Mosh —"And this is the very same Torah that Moses presented to the children of Israel"
  • Iris — The two kingdoms
  • Sharon — Book of Ruth
  • Deb K — "am s'gulah" (a treasured people), a phrase that's found in the Torah reading in Shemot for the 1st day of Shavuot. We'll consider the passage in Shemot & a similar passage in D'varim. We'll also look at how a couple of 20th century rabbinic scholars tried to take the interpretation of "chosenness" in a universalistic direction. And we'll consider whether this works for us today, whether we see room for further reinterpretation, or whether we're stuck for good on the horns of ambivalence.
  • Debby M — TBA

At the end of the Tikkun, we'll sing some Shavuot songs.

Wed,
Jun 12

TELETEFILA

TeleTefila logo

First Day of Shavuot

 9:40 am  — P'sukei D'zimra (Verses of Song): Led by Martin
   End before Ha-eil b'taatzumot

In P'sukei D'zimra, we relax and open ourselves to our spiritual side. It's like a prequel to the formal service that follows. Depending on who’s leading, P'sukei D'zimra may consist of Psalms, kavanot, or meditation.

Login is the same as for the Shabbat morning service. See http://www.teletefila.com/login.html#connecting.

Page numbers can be found here.

 10:00 am  — Shacharit: Martin
Begin at Ha-eil b'taatzumot
Yom Tov Amida with insertions for Shavuot

Hallel malei: Miriam H-K

Megillat Rut (Book of Ruth)

  1. Ruth 1:1-22 · 22 p’sukim -- Miriam H-K
  2. Ruth 2:1-23 · 23 p’sukim -- Mosh
  3. Ruth 3:1-18 · 18 p’sukim -- Art
  4. Ruth 4:1-22 · 22 p’sukim -- Miriam H-K

Torah (Exodus) —Triennial reading:  

Adonai, Adonai, etc.

Akdamut — download

  • No Aliya Chatima because we read the full Festival portion

Haftarah: Ezekiel 1:1-28, 3:12 · 29 p’sukim - Miriam H-K
   Conclude with Yom Tov blessing with insertions for Shavuot.
Yizkor: Ralph
In place of a DT, Gila will sing "Shavuos" by Ed Lipton
Musaf: Art
   Yom Tov Amidah with insertions for Shavuot.
   No duchaning today.
NO Psalm today
ADON OLAM -- Miriam H-K

Shacharit begins promptly, 10 minutes after the posted starting time.

  • Login information for Shabbat and Festival morning services can be found at http://www.teletefila.com/login.html#connecting.
  • Page numbers: People who attend our services use at least four different siddurim (prayer books). We do not announce page numbers because it would be a tircha d'tzibbur (burden on the congregation). Instead, we have a charts with the page numbers for various services posted at http://www.teletefila.com/login.html#order . Please prepare ahead of time by printing out the chart or marking your siddur with bookmarks or Post-Its®.
  • Preparing for services: See http://www.teletefila.com/login.html#preparing.
  • Muting: For most of the service, please mute yourself. Further explanation can be found at http://www.teletefila.com/login.html#muting
  • Kiddush: After services, we take a 10-minute break to grab some food. Then we make Kiddush and Motzi together. If your custom is to wash before a meal, please do so before Kiddush. After Motzi, we have an extended schmooze. On occasion, we have a discussion in place of schmoozing.

NO HAVDALAH, NO Kaffeeklatsch in the evening.

Thu,
Jun 13

Second Day of Shavuot

NO TeleTefila

Ansche Chesed Sanctuary — 9:45 am, includes Yizkor. In person or via livestream or Zoom.

Sat,
Jun 15

RIMONIM HYBRID SERVICE
Everyone is invited!

rimonim logo

Shabbat Naso

 9:40 am  — P'sukei D'zimra (Verses of Song): Led by TBA

Login is the same as for the Shabbat morning service. See http://www.teletefila.com/login.html#connecting.

Page numbers can be found here.

 10:00 am SHARP  — Shacharit: TBA

Shamash: TBA

Torah (Numbers) — Full k'ria

Gabbai: TBA 

  • 1: 4:21-37 · 17 p’sukim - Anne
  • 2: 4:38-49 · 12 p’sukim - Anne
  • 3: 5:1-10 · 10 p’sukim - Ellen
  • 4: 5:11-6:27 · 48 p’sukim - Larry W
  • 5: 7:1-41 · 41 p’sukim - Martin
  • 6: 7:42-71 · 30 p’sukim - Martin
  • 7: 7:72-89 · 18 p’sukim - Martin
  • maf: 7:87-89 · 3 p’sukim - Martin

Haftarah: Judges 13:2-25 · 24 p’sukim - Shalom
DT: TBA
Musaf: TBA

About Rimonim hybrid services, including a guide for leading davening: http://minyanrimonim.org/rimonim-davening-guide.html

If attending in person:

  • You MUST leave your coats in the AC coatroom on the first floor.
  • Please wear a mask except while leading davening, leining, or giving a DT.
  • Feel free to move the chairs for social distancing.
  • There will be a screen at the front of the room so you can see those participating remotely.
  • At this time, we are not having a Rimonim kiddush after the service.

If attending on ZOOM:

  • Login information for Shabbat and Festival morning services can be found at http://www.teletefila.com/login.html#connecting.
  • Page numbers: People who attend remotely use at least four different siddurim (prayer books). We do not announce page numbers because it would be a tircha d'tzibbur (burden on the congregation). Instead, we have charts with the page numbers for various services posted at http://www.teletefila.com/login.html#order . Please prepare ahead of time by printing out the chart or marking your siddur with bookmarks or Post-Its®.
  • Preparing for services: See http://www.teletefila.com/login.html#preparing.
  • Muting: For most of the service, please mute yourself. Further explanation can be found at http://www.teletefila.com/login.html#muting
  • Kiddush: After services, remote participants take a 10-minute break to grab some food. Then we make Kiddush and Motzi together. If your custom is to wash before a meal, please do so before Kiddush. After Motzi, we have an extended schmooze. On occasion, we have a discussion in place of schmoozing.

TELETEFILA

Havdalah icon

 9:11 pm  — Havdalah on ZOOM: led by TBA
Followed by schmoozing!

Havdalah begins promptly, 10 minutes after the posted starting time.

Login information for Havdalah can be found at http://www.teletefila.com/login.html#havdalah.

[Words for Miriam haN'viah: https://ritualwell.org/ritual/miriam-ha-nviah-1 ]

[Deb Kayman chants Havdalah as her father, Harold Kahen, used to.]

 

Followed by Kiddush L'vana

Wed, Jun 19
7:15 pm

Kaffeeklatsch icon

Kaffeklatsch

Join us for our weekly schmoozefest! See http://www.teletefila.com/login.html#kaffee for login info.

Sat,
Jun 22

TELETEFILA

TeleTefila logo

Shabbat B'haalot-cha

 9:40 am  — P'sukei D'zimra (Verses of Song): Led by TBA

In P'sukei D'zimra, we relax and open ourselves to our spiritual side. It's like a prequel to the formal service that follows. Depending on who’s leading, P'sukei D'zimra may consist of Psalms, kavanot, or meditation.

Login is the same as for the Shabbat morning service. See http://www.teletefila.com/login.html#connecting.

Page numbers can be found here.

 10:00 am  — Shacharit: TBA

Torah (XXX sefer XXX) —Triennial reading:  

  • Aliya Chatima: [Torah reading from HebCal will be inserted here.]

Haftarah: Zechariah 2:14-4:7 · 21 p’sukim - TBA
DT: TBA
Musaf: TBA
Psalm: TBA

Shacharit begins promptly, 10 minutes after the posted starting time.

  • Login information for Shabbat and Festival morning services can be found at http://www.teletefila.com/login.html#connecting.
  • Page numbers: People who attend our services use at least four different siddurim (prayer books). We do not announce page numbers because it would be a tircha d'tzibbur (burden on the congregation). Instead, we have a charts with the page numbers for various services posted at http://www.teletefila.com/login.html#order . Please prepare ahead of time by printing out the chart or marking your siddur with bookmarks or Post-Its®.
  • Preparing for services: See http://www.teletefila.com/login.html#preparing.
  • Muting: For most of the service, please mute yourself. Further explanation can be found at http://www.teletefila.com/login.html#muting
  • Kiddush: After services, we take a 10-minute break to grab some food. Then we make Kiddush and Motzi together. If your custom is to wash before a meal, please do so before Kiddush. After Motzi, we have an extended schmooze. On occasion, we have a discussion in place of schmoozing.

TELETEFILA

Havdalah icon

 9:13 pm  — Havdalah: led by TBA
Followed by schmoozing!

Havdalah begins promptly, 10 minutes after the posted starting time.

Login information for Havdalah can be found at http://www.teletefila.com/login.html#havdalah.

[Words for Miriam haN'viah: https://ritualwell.org/ritual/miriam-ha-nviah-1 ]

[Deb Kayman chants Havdalah as her father, Harold Kahen, used to.]

Wed, Jun 26
7:15 pm

Kaffeeklatsch icon

Kaffeklatsch

Join us for our weekly schmoozefest! See http://www.teletefila.com/login.html#kaffee for login info.

Sat,
Jun 29

TELETEFILA

TeleTefila logo

Shabbat Sh'lach L'cha
Shabbat M'var'chim haChodesh

 9:40 am  — P'sukei D'zimra (Verses of Song): Led by TBA

In P'sukei D'zimra, we relax and open ourselves to our spiritual side. It's like a prequel to the formal service that follows. Depending on who’s leading, P'sukei D'zimra may consist of Psalms, kavanot, or meditation.

Login is the same as for the Shabbat morning service. See http://www.teletefila.com/login.html#connecting.

Page numbers can be found here.

 10:00 am  — Shacharit: TBA

Torah (XXX sefer XXX) —Triennial reading:  

  • Aliya Chatima: [Torah reading from HebCal will be inserted here.]

Haftarah: Joshua 2:1-24 · 24 p’sukim - TBA
DT: TBA
Musaf: TBA
Psalm: TBA

Shacharit begins promptly, 10 minutes after the posted starting time.

  • Login information for Shabbat and Festival morning services can be found at http://www.teletefila.com/login.html#connecting.
  • Page numbers: People who attend our services use at least four different siddurim (prayer books). We do not announce page numbers because it would be a tircha d'tzibbur (burden on the congregation). Instead, we have a charts with the page numbers for various services posted at http://www.teletefila.com/login.html#order . Please prepare ahead of time by printing out the chart or marking your siddur with bookmarks or Post-Its®.
  • Preparing for services: See http://www.teletefila.com/login.html#preparing.
  • Muting: For most of the service, please mute yourself. Further explanation can be found at http://www.teletefila.com/login.html#muting
  • Kiddush: After services, we take a 10-minute break to grab some food. Then we make Kiddush and Motzi together. If your custom is to wash before a meal, please do so before Kiddush. After Motzi, we have an extended schmooze. On occasion, we have a discussion in place of schmoozing.

TELETEFILA

Havdalah icon

 9:13 pm  — Havdalah: led by TBA
Followed by schmoozing!

Next week, Havdalah starts getting earlier!

Havdalah begins promptly, 10 minutes after the posted starting time.

Login information for Havdalah can be found at http://www.teletefila.com/login.html#havdalah.

[Words for Miriam haN'viah: https://ritualwell.org/ritual/miriam-ha-nviah-1 ]

[Deb Kayman chants Havdalah as her father, Harold Kahen, used to.]