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

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

High Holidays at the West Side Minyan (WSM)

  • Like last year, West Side Minyan High Holiday Services are entirely on ZOOM this year. This late change was due primarily to the Delta variant. We hope we can meet again in person before long!
  • The West Side Minyan is using Mahzor Lev Shalem (the tan book) for the High Holidays. If you don't own a copy, you can use the online version. Go to https://www.anschechesed.org/mahzor and enter password Apple251 . You can turn pages with the arrows at the sides of the pages. If you use a mouse with a scroll wheel, you can turn pages using the scroll wheel. Note that the online machzor cannot be downloaded or printed. If you find your device freezing, try using the online machzor on a different device than the device you're using to ZOOM.
  • ZOOM login: See the WSM login information..
  • Early login: You can log in to the West Side Minyan Yom Kippur services before the holiday and stay logged in through to the end. In the event that something goes wrong, you can log in again.

G'mar tov!

Wed, Sep 15

shofar

 6:45 pm  — Kol Nidre (Yom Kippur begins in the evening)

West Side Minyan High Holiday login information

Thu, Sep 16

shofar

 9:30 am  — Yom Kippur Morning

West Side Minyan High Holiday login information

 5:00 pm  — Yom Kippur Mincha

West Side Minyan High Holiday login information

Yom Kippur ends at 7:44 pm

After shofar, we will do the following (using the same WSM login):

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)
Sat, Sep 18

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Shabbat Haazinu

 9:40 am  — P'sukei D'zimra (Verses of Song): Led by Miriam H-K

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

Torah (Deuteronomy: full parsha):

  • 1: 32:1-6 · 6 p’sukim - Martin
  • 2: 32:7-12 · 6 p’sukim - Martin
  • 3: 32:13-18 · 6 p’sukim
  • 4: 32:19-28 · 10 p’sukim
  • 5: 32:29-39 · 11 p’sukim
  • 6: 32:40-43 · 4 p’sukim
  • 7: 32:44-52 · 9 p’sukim

Haftarah -- II Samuel 22:1 - 22:51 · 51 p’sukim: Miriam H-K
DT: TBA
Musaf: TBA
Psalm: 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.

Havdalah icon

 7:40 pm  — Havdalah: led by Valerie
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 ]

Mon, Sep 20 Sukkot begins in the evening
Tue, Sep 21

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Sukkot — First Day

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

Lulav
Hallel malei

Torah (Leviticus and Numbers):

Haftarah Zechariah 14:1 - 14:21 · 21 p’sukim: TBA
DT: TBA
Musaf: TBA
After Musaf: Nesiat kapayim (duchening)
Psalm: Marge

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.

Havdalah — Plans have not been finalized yet

Sukkot Second Day begins in the evening

Wed, Sep 22

Sukkot — Second Day

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

Sat, Sep 25

Shabbat Chol haMo-eid Sukkot

Kohelet

Havdalah

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Shabbat xxx

 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
Torah (sefer):

  • [Torah readings from HebCal will be inserted here]

Haftarah: TBA
DT: TBA
Musaf: TBA
Psalm: Marge

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.

Havdalah icon

 xx:xx 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 Hoshanah Rabbah
Tue, Sep 28

Sh'mini Atzeret (with Yizkor)

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Shabbat xxx

 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
Torah (sefer):

  • [Torah readings from HebCal will be inserted here]

Haftarah: TBA
DT: TBA
Musaf: TBA
Psalm: Marge

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.

Havdalah icon

 xx:xx 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 ]

Wed, Sep 29 Simchat Torah