TeleTefila.com

Online Shabbat Morning Services and a variety of social events

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About us

TeleTefila.com exists to serve the davening and social needs of all those who have been closed out of their synagogues by the Coronavirus pandemic. We use ZOOM to hold Shacharit services every Shabbat morning, Maariv and a Kaffeeklatsch every Wednesday evening. We celebrate the Jewish festivals and some secular holidays together, and organize virtual shiva minyanim when needed. We also schmooze up a storm, have online "picnics" and play Whist together. And it's all done via ZOOM.

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

What is our practice? On Shabbat, we daven Shacharit starting at Bar'chu and read Torah following the Triennial cycle. Since we don't have a Torah scroll, we read from a chumash without aliyot or Torah blessings. For more details about what we do at Shacharit, you can see our Order of Service. If you like, you can log in to our Shabbat services on Friday before Shabbat.

Our schedule for the next few weeks is posted below, with links to the login information.

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

updated every sunday evening, for New York, NY

Torah: We read Torah according to the triennial cycle. In 5782 (2021–2022), we're in the third year of the cycle.

Haftarah: We read the conventional Haftarah every week.

Instructions: If you click on the name of the parsha, you'll get the chapter and verse for this week's readings. From there, you can click and get the actual Hebrew and English texts of the readings, curtesy of the Sepharia website.

Calendar through September 2021

TeleTefila Plans

We are planning online TeleTefila Shabbat services through November 2021.

After that, we'll confer with Ansche Chesed, the Steering Committee of the West Side Minyan and the Vaad of Minyan Rimonim to see what their plans are for returning to davening in-person in Ansche Chesed.

In any event, TeleTefila plans to continue the following:

  • Festival Services
  • Havdalah
  • Kaffeeklatsch
  • Book Club
  • Sunday Funday (we hope)

Message from Ansche Chesed about Eating in the AC Sukkot

"We are glad to report that this year, the full sukkah returns to our roof and the small spillover sukkah returns to the fifth-floor patio. The branches are in place for sekhakh and the walls are already up. It’s beginning to look a lot like Sukkos!

"But – and in these Covid years, there is always a but – attendance will be more restricted than we would like. We will have fewer tables and seats to maintain some social distance and must require advance registration. Please register to join us."
Mon, Sep 20
6:30–8:00 pm

Sukkot begins in the evening

Ansche Chesed Sukkot Evening Services

This service will take place in the Ansche Chesed Sanctuary and will be available on Zoom.

Tue, Sep 21

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Sukkot — First Day

 9:40 am  — P'sukei D'zimra (Verses of Song): Led by Miriam H-K
(end before Ha-eil b'taatzumot)

In P'sukei D'zimra, we relax and open ourselves to our spiritual side, in preparation for 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: Ilana (understudy: Miriam H-K)
(Begin at Ha-eil b'taatzumot)
(Yom Tov Amidah with insertions for Sukkot)

Ed Lipton's lulav song: Gila
Raising the Lulav: TBA
Hallel malei (and waving the Lulav): Ilana (understudy: Miriam)
Hoshanot — procession with Lulav: TBA

Torah (Leviticus and Numbers):

Haftarah Zechariah 14:1 - 14:21 · 21 p’sukim: Amy F
(Conclude with Yom Tov blessing, with insertions for Sukkot)

DT: Happy Songs for Sukkot in place of DT — Gila, Miriam and friends

Musaf: Miriam H-K
(Yom Tov Amidah with insertions for Sukkot)

After Musaf: Nesiat kapayim (duchening) Download liturgy -- Miriam H-K & Nos
Psalm: Marge
Psalm 27 (We recite through Sh'mini Atzeret): Ilana and Miriam
Psalm 67 for Sukkot: Miriam H-K

After the service: Blessings in our Virtual Sukkah

Login information
Login today is the same as for our Shabbat morning services: 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 chart with the page numbers for this service, posted at http://www.teletefila.com/login.html#order several days in advance. Please prepare ahead of time by printing out the chart or marking your siddur with bookmarks or Post-Its®.

Preparing for services
Useful information on how to prepare for TeleTefila Shabbat services can be found at 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

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

TeleTefila is not doing Havdalah this evening.
Instead we're combining it with Kaffeeklatsch tomorrow.

Sukkot Second Day begins in the evening

Wed, Sep 22

Ansche Chesed Sukkot Morning Services — Second day
9:45 am – 1:00 pm

This service will take place in the Ansche Chesed Sanctuary and will be available on Zoom and LiveStreamed at https://www.anschechesed.org/StreamingServices.

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Havdalah & Kaffeklatsch

 7:34 pm 

We make Havdalah together, followed by our weekly schmoozefest! See http://www.teletefila.com/login.html#kaffee for login info.

Yom Tov ends and Chol haMo-eid begins at 7:34 pm.

Sat, Sep 25

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Shabbat Chol haMo-eid Sukkot

 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, in preparation for 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
(Shabbat Amidah with Yaaleh v'yavo for Sukkot)

Hallel malei: TBA
Hoshanot (without Lulav)
Kaddish shaleim

Kohelet (Book of Ecclesiates)

  • Chap 3: Miriam H-K

Torah (Exodus and Numbers):

Haftarah: Ezekiel 38:18 - 39:16 · 22 p’sukim: TBA

DT: TBA

Musaf: TBA
(Yom Tov Amida, Shabbat Kedusha, insertions for Shabbat, Sukkot, and Chol haMo-eid Sukkot day 3)

Psalm: TBA
Psalm 27 (We recite through Sh'mini Atzeret): TBA

Login information
Login information for Shabbat 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 chart with the page numbers for this service, posted at http://www.teletefila.com/login.html#order several days in advance. Please prepare ahead of time by printing out the chart or marking your siddur with bookmarks or Post-Its®.

Preparing for services
Useful information on how to prepare for TeleTefila Shabbat services can be found at 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

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

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 7:28 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 ]

Sun, Sep 26
7:00 pm

Book Club

The next Book Club reading is As a Driven Leaf, by Milton Steinberg. For login and more information, see http://www.teletefila.com/bookclub.html

Mon, Sep 27

Ansche Chesed Hoshanah Rabbah Morning Services
7:30 am–9:00 am

Login: https://anschechesed.org/morningminyan
or call 929 205 6099
Meeting ID: 933 006 171
Passcode: minyan

Ansche Chesed Leil Sh'mini Atzeret Services
6:30 pm–8:00 pm

This service will take place in the Ansche Chesed Sanctuary and will be available on Zoom.

Tue, Sep 28

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Sh'mini Atzeret — Day (with Yizkor)

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

In P'sukei D'zimra, we relax and open ourselves to our spiritual side, in preparation for 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
(Begin at Ha-eil b'taatzumot)
(Yom Tov Amidah with insertions for Sh'mini Atzeret)

Hallel malei
Kaddish Shaleim

Torah (Deuteronomy and Numbers):

Haftarah: I Kings 8:54 - 8:66 · 13 p’sukim - TBA
(Conclude with Yom Tov blessing, including insertions for Sh'mini Atzeret)

Yizkor

No DT

Musaf: TBA
(Geshem is in the second T'fila)
(Yom Tov Amidah with insertions for Sh'mini Atzeret)

Psalm: Marge
Psalm 27 (We recite through Sh'mini Atzeret): TBA

Login information
Login information for Shabbat 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 chart with the page numbers for this service, posted at http://www.teletefila.com/login.html#order several days in advance. Please prepare ahead of time by printing out the chart or marking your siddur with bookmarks or Post-Its®.

Preparing for services
Useful information on how to prepare for TeleTefila Shabbat services can be found at 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

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

No TeleTefila Havdalah. Instead, you're invited to attend Ansche Chesed Leil Simchat Torah Services.

Ansche Chesed Leil Simchat Torah Services
6:30 pm

This service will take place in the Ansche Chesed Sanctuary and will be available on Zoom. and LiveStreamed at https://www.anschechesed.org/StreamingServices.

Wed, Sep 29

Ansche Chesed Simchat Torah Morning Services
9:45 am–12:00 pm

This service will take place in the Ansche Chesed Sanctuary and will be available on Zoom. and LiveStreamed at https://www.anschechesed.org/StreamingServices.

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Havdalah & Kaffeklatsch

 7:21 pm 

We make Havdalah together, followed by our weekly schmoozefest! See http://www.teletefila.com/login.html#kaffee for login info.

Yom Tov ends at 7:21 pm.