Prof. Gross Speaks to Jewish Telegraphic Agency About the Future of Online Synagogue Services
BY SHIRA HANAU
(JTA) – For the rabbis and cantor of Congregation Beth Shalom in Northbrook, Illinois, the to-do list to prepare for the unprecedented online-only High Holidays season was long.
In addition to transforming their usual services for over 3,000 people into an experience that congregants will find meaningful online, they needed to figure out how to create a service for families that would be engaging for young children through a screen.
So when Cantor Steven Stoehr heard about Shirat Haruach, a program of video services for families recorded by some of the most popular Jewish children’s song leaders, he jumped at the opportunity.
“We could have gotten it done,” Stoehr said. “We just didn’t think we could do it any better.”