SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — The celebrations of Easter and Passover might look a little different in quarantine, especially because many are using communication software like Zoom to connect with family and religious communities. In fact, many religious organizations in the CNY area are using Zoom to stream religious services for the holidays. Rabbi Andrew Pepperstone of Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas said he will be using Zoom in order to connect virtually with his congregation.
“There are four of us here myself, my wife Cantor Paula Pepperstone and our two kids and we’re going to be using Zoom to share our Seder with any members who would like to participate with us,” Pepperstone said.
In order to participate in religious services online, people need to have some experience with technology. And while most people are able to use the technology efficiently and easily, others struggle. However, the Community Library of Jamesville and Dewitt is offering tech-help services to help members of the library with technology issues. Some of the technology programs they provide assistance with are:
Assistant Director for technology at the library Erin Cassidy said the tech-help sessions are 20 minutes long and are meant for anyone who needs help with technology.
“We know that, you know, learning a new technology can be very difficult. So, we want to help people with communication software such as Facetime or Zoom,” Cassidy said.
Many churches and synagogues in the Central New York area will be offering virtual religious services for the remainder of Passover and Easter. Passover started on April 8 and will continue until April 16. Easter Sunday is on April 12.