TeleTefila.com

Online Shabbat Morning Services, Tuesday evening Maariv . . . and Virtual Weekday Kaffeeklatsch

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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 every Tuesday evening, and a Kaffeeklatsch every Wednesday evening. Other activities include a Tikkun Leil Shavuot, rooftop picnics, shiva minyanim, and festival meals — all done on 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.

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 don't ZOOM on Shabbat, please join us for Maariv on Tuesday evenings.

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

updated every sunday evening, for New York, NY

Torah: We read Torah according to the triennial cycle. Unrtil Rosh haShanah of 2020, we're in the first 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 for September . . .

Fri, Sep 18

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Rosh Hashanah — 1st evening

5:00 pm — Rosh haShanah seder and dinner [ZOOM]    Following a brief pre-Rosh haShanah ceremony (please download in advance), we'll have dinner together. Dinner will feature whatever victuals you bring, along with our usual comraderie and schmoozing. Login information can be found here. Organized by TeleTefila.

6:30 pm — West Side Minyan Evening Services [ZOOM]   The WSM will hold evening services, led by talented members of the Minyan. The service will be shorter this year but still as inspiring as always. Login information can be found on our Rosh Hashanah page.

Machzor memo is here.

Sat, Sep 19

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Rosh Hashanah -- 1st day

9:30 am — West Side Minyan Morning Services [ZOOM]   The WSM will hold morning services, led by talented members of the Minyan. The service will be shorter this year but still as inspiring as always. Login information can be found on our Rosh Hashanah page.

Machzor memo is here.

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Rosh Hashanah -- 2nd evening

5:00 pm — Rosh haShanah dinner [ZOOM]    We'll have dinner together, featuring whatever victuals you bring, along with our usual comraderie and schmoozing. Login information can be found here. Organized by TeleTefila.

6:40 pm — Ansche Chesed Mincha/Maariv Services [IN PERSON]   Join Ansche Chesed for Mincha and Maariv services outdoors on the first day of Rosh Hashanah [Ed. note: The service begins at 6:40 pm on Saturday, Sep 19. AC calls it the first day, TeleTefila calls it the second day. That's Jews for you.] Spaces will be limited for these masked and distanced services. You must register in advance. Registration, login, as well as the full AC High Holiday schedule can be found here.

Machzor memo is here.

Sun, Sep 20

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Rosh Hashanah -- 2nd day

9:30 am — Ansche Chesed Morning Services [LIVESTREAM]   Join the Ansche Chesed community for Rosh Hashanah Services. The schedule for this service includes:

  • 9:30am: Shaharit
  • 10:30am: Torah Service
  • 11:45am: Rabbi Hammerman will speak
  • 12pm: Musaf

The address of the Livestream and the AC Facebook page, as well as the full AC High Holiday schedule can be found here.

Machzor memo is here.

Tashlich

  • Ansche Chesed Tashlich [IN PERSON]   Ansche Chesed is organizing a number of different small groups to go and perform Tashlich. The groups will either go to the Hudson River or to the pond in Central Park. The events stretch from today (Sun, Sep 20) through Thu, Sep 24. You must register in advance. You can register as well as view the complete Ansche Chesed High Holiday schedule here.
  • TeleTefila Virtual Tashlich, Wednesday, Sep 23 [ZOOM]   For those who cannot make the trek or are uncomfortable doing so, TeleTefila will have a Virtual Tashlich on the evening of Wed, Sep 23.

TeleTefila Havdalah7:40 pm

Details can be found on our Rosh Hashanah page.

Tue, Sep 22
7:40 pm

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Maariv

Led by Sara
  (modifications for Ten Days of Repentance)

For those who don't ZOOM on Shabbat, here's your chance to daven with friends! See http://www.teletefila.com/login.html#maariv for login info.

Davening begins promptly, 10 minutes after the posted starting time. The service is short (20-30 minutes). If you'd like, you can stay for a post-davening schmooze.

Wed, Sep 23
7:15 pm

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Virtual Tashlich and Kaffeklatsch

Virtual Tashlich

Many of us didn't perform Tashlich on Sunday afternoon, either because we couldn't make the trek to the river or because we didn't feel safe doing so. Instead, we'll do our virtual Tashlich over ZOOM this year.

You can download our liturgy here. When it comes time to toss your breadcrumbs in the water, you may choose to do what some folks do at bedikat chameitz — put the bread in a paper bag, and put the bag in the garbage.

 
Tashlich will be followed by our usual Kaffeeklatsch schmoozefest.

Virtual Tashlich and Kaffeeklatsch are part of the same ZOOM meeting. Login info is at http://www.teletefila.com/login.html#kaffee.

Sat, Sep 26
10:00 am

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Shabbat Haazinu
Shabbat Shuva
(First Shabbat of 5781!)

Shacharit: Miriam H-K
  (modifications for Ten Days of Repentance)
Torah (Deut.):

Haftarah for Shabbat Shuva (Hosea 14:2-10; Micah 7:18-20; Joel 2:15-27): Sara
DT: Nos
Musaf: TBA
  (modifications for Ten Days of Repentance)
Psalm: Marge
Adon Olam: Miriam H-K

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®.

Login information
Login information for Shabbat morning services can be found at http://www.teletefila.com/login.html#shabbat.

Preparing for services
Useful information on how to prepare for TeleTefila Shabbat services can be found at http://www.teletefila.com/login.html#preparing.

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

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Havdalah

7:26 pm - Havdalah led by J.R.
Followed by schmoozing!

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

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

Sun, Sep 27

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Yom Kippur (Begins in the evening)

6:30 pm — West Side Minyan Kol Nidre service [ZOOM]    The services will be somewhat truncated to relieve screen-fatigue but you can be assured that the usual roster of highly talented and knowledgeable leaders will deliver a very special West Side Minyan service. Login information will be posted shortly.

Mon, Sep 28

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Yom Kippur Day

9:30 am — West Side Minyan Morning Service [ZOOM]   The WSM will hold morning services, led by talented members of the Minyan. The service will be shorter this year but still as inspiring as always. Login information will be posted shortly.

5:00 pm — West Side Minyan Mincha, Yizkor, and N'ilah [ZOOM]    Login information will be posted shortly.

TeleTefila communal Break-Fast [ZOOM] — Begins 15 minutes after the end of WSM Maariv   We break the fast together, share our usual comraderie, and schmooze for as long as folks want to stay. Remember: you bring the food, we watch you eat! Login information will be posted shortly.

It is traditional to begin building your sukkah immediately after Yom Kippur. This tyear, you can begin preparing for Sukkot by doing some or all of the following:

  • Decorate your home in a festive way with plants, vegetables, and leaves (like a sukkah)
  • Buy a lulav (details to come)
  • Engage in acts of Tikkun Olam — acts that help repair the world
Tue, Sep 29
7:40 pm

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Maariv

Led by TBA

For those who don't ZOOM on Shabbat, here's your chance to daven with friends! See http://www.teletefila.com/login.html#maariv for login info.

Davening begins promptly, 10 minutes after the posted starting time. The service is short (20-30 minutes). If you'd like, you can stay for a post-davening schmooze.

Wed, Sep 30
7:15 pm

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Kaffeklatsch

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

Fri, Oct 2

Leil Shabbat and Leil Sukkot

Blessing for sitting in the sukkah and instructions for shaking your lulav:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZ5t-t-AJ7E

The first time you eat in a sukkah (you should be so lucky), you say the blessings leisheiv basukkah and shehechiyanu.
At subsequent meals in the sukkah, just say the blessing leisheiv basukkah.

You can shake your lulav any time after Saturday sundown.
The first time you shake it, say the blessings al n'tilat lulav and shehechiyanu.
On subsequent ocassions, just say the blessing al n'tilat lulav.

Sat, Oct 3
10:00 am

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Shabbat and First Day of Sukkot

Shacharit: Sara
  (Yom Tov Amidah with additions for Shabbat and insertions for Sukkot)
Hallel Malei: Miriam H-K (understudy TBA)
Torah:

Haftarah (special): Zechariah 14:1-21 - TBA
  (Concluding Yom Tov blessing with insertions for Shabbat and Sukkot)
Songs: In place of the DT, we will sing — it's a joyous holiday!
Musaf: Lisa
 (Yom Tov Amidah with additions for Shabbat and insertions for Sukkot)
Hoshana (No lulav, no procession): Miriam H-K (understudy TBA)
Psalm: Marge

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®.

Login information
Login information for Shabbat morning services can be found at http://www.teletefila.com/login.html#shabbat.

Preparing for services
Useful information on how to prepare for TeleTefila Shabbat services can be found at http://www.teletefila.com/login.html#preparing.

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

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Havdalah ??

0:00 pm - Havdalah ceremony
Followed by schmoozing!

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

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

Sun, Oct 4

Second Day of Sukkot

TeleTefila is definitely holding services. Details to come.

We're pretty sure:

  • There will be no DT
  • There will be Havdalah
  • Hallel: Miriam H-K (with understudy TBA)
Tue, Oct 6
7:40 pm

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Maariv

Led by TBA

For those who don't ZOOM on Shabbat, here's your chance to daven with friends! See http://www.teletefila.com/login.html#maariv for login info.

Davening begins promptly, 10 minutes after the posted starting time. The service is short (20-30 minutes). If you'd like, you can stay for a post-davening schmooze.

Wed, Oct 7
7:15 pm

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Kaffeklatsch

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

Sat, Oct 10

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Shabbat and Sh'mini Atzeret

Regular TeleTefila services. Further details will be posted as they become available.

Geshem: Miriam H-K

Kohelet

  • chap 3:Miriam H-K
  • Kohelet song: Nos
  • another chap: TBA

Hallel: Miriam H-K

Adon Olam: Miriam H-K

Leil Simchat Torah -- in the evening

You are invited to join the Ansche Chesed Leil Simchat Torah service.

Sun, Oct 11

Simchat Torah Day

You are invited to join the Ansche Chesed Simchat Torah morning service.

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Oct 17

Shabbat B'reishit
Shabbat Machar Chodesh
Shabbat M'var'chim haChodesh

 

We begin the 2nd year of the Triennial Torah reading cycle

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Sat,
Oct 24
10:00 am

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Shabbat Noach

Shacharit: TBA
Torah (Gen): TBA
Haftarah: Gila
DT: TBA
Musaf: TBA
Psalm: TBA

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®.

Login information
Login nformation http://www.teletefila.com/login.html#shabbat

Preparing for services
Useful information on how to prepare for TeleTefila Shabbat services can be found at http://www.teletefila.com/login.html#preparing.

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

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Havdalah

7:51 pm - Havdalah led by Miriam H-K
Followed, of course, by schmoozing!

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

Kiddush L'vana (tent.)

We go outside to view the moon and recite Birkat haL'vanah. Take your cell phones and tablets out with you, so you can share the experience with the rest of the TeleTefila chevra!

We haven't quite figured out the time this event will be held.

Details to come.

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Nov 7

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Shabbat Vayera
Remembering Phil Gold

On this day, we will honor the memory of Master Leiner, Lower East Side history buff, and all-around good guy, Phil Gold. Phil would feed us on a Shabbat near the yortsayten of his parents: Dan Gold (father) 20 Heshvan; and Yetta Gold (mother) 18 Heshvan. We follow Phil's custom by holding our Phil Gold Memorial as close to those dates as we can.

As we get closer to Nov 7, we'll decide when and how we'll have the Kiddush portion of the remembrance.