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Online Services

Online Services

Press CTRL-D to add this page to your Bookmarks or Favorites, for future use.
Beth Jacob’s online services will be accessible on this page.

Welcome to our livestream page!

Shabbat mornings: 10:00 am

See below to read Rabbi Hillel’s suggestions for participating in our services in a meaningful, spiritual way, in compliance with Shabbat & Chag.

Shabbat Siddur text available here.

Need to download the Shabbat Torah reading? 
Fill out the quick and easy form here. 

Please download and print these before Shabbat, for use during our service.
These pages will contain God’s name and will require burial after use.

Click once on the video player and press F to make it full-screen.
Pressing F again will return it to its original small size.

These services are offered free of charge. If you are able to contribute, we would be very grateful. (But no donations on Shabbat!) Thank you for supporting our efforts to provide Conservative Jewish engagement in Hamilton.

Rabbi Hillel’s suggestions for participation:

While you can access this page and join services at any time, our broadcasts are designed to be halakha-compliant, allowing you to start the stream before candle-lighting time and leave it going automatically until the end of the holiday.

We recommend that you set aside a comfortable room in your house for use as your home-synagogue. To create the ambience, set up that room with comfortable dining room style chairs (avoid sofas), your Siddur, Ḥumash and talit, a computer with a large screen and decent speakers (or a large-screen TV that can access the Internet). Perhaps decorate the room with nice Judaica. During Shabbat & Chag, try to use that room only for prayer, Torah study, and deep discussions about life and the nature of human existence.

Steps for using our live stream in a halakha-compliant manner on computer:
We recommend that you do all of the following before Candle-lighting time:

  1. Download and print the appropriate Siddur and Ḥumash files.
    (Remember: these pages will contain God’s name and may not be thrown out afterwards in the usual way. We can help you dispose of them respectfully.)
    If you are a Beth Jacob member, contact us if you would like to borrow a Siddur and Ḥumash to use until the end of the pandemic, instead of using printed sheets.
  2. Adjust computer volume to a comfortable level. Test it by playing any random video or sound file.
  3. Disable your screen saver.
  4. If you are not already here, navigate to this page (https://www.bethjacobsynagogue.ca/online-services). (CTRL-D will add it to your Bookmarks/Favorites, for future use.)
  5. Click once on the video player, and then press F to make the video full-screen.
  6. That’s it! The video screen will now remain on. When the service begins, it will automatically appear. Before and after the service, the video will show an empty sanctuary.

When participating in our services, get dressed up as if you were physically coming to Shul! Don’t do services in your pajamas! Sit with your Siddur in your lap and follow the service, page by page. Stand and sit when appropriate. Read along, and sing along!

If you need to leave the room or take a break, leave the video running anyway, do not pause it. (We will not see you.) Rewind & Fast Forward do not work on these videos.

At certain points of the service you may need to bow. Identify which way is East in your home and bow in that direction, not towards your screen.

Rabbi Hillel Lavery-Yisraeli.