*Please note, we are working to update the Virtual Minyanim links, passwords, and Zmanim. Please bare with us as aim to do this as quickly as possible. Please send your Shul's updates to daventogetheronline@gmail.com.

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LIVE VIRTUAL DAVENING

Just because we can’t daven with a minyan, doesn’t mean we can’t daven together.

*Please note, we are working to update the Virtual Minyanim links, passwords, and Zmanim. Please bare with us as aim to do this as quickly as possible. Please send your Shul's updates to daventogetheronline@gmail.com.

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LIVE VIRTUAL DAVENING

Just because we can’t daven with a minyan, doesn’t mean we can’t daven together.

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How It Works

Download Zoom App

You can download the Zoom Video Conferencing App on your phone or computer. Otherwise, access Zoom via your internet browser.

Select Virtual 'Minyan'

Click on the link next to the Virtual 'Minyan' you wish to join. You will be automatically directed to that live 'Minyan' via your downloaded Zoom app or via your internet browser.

Daven Together!

Go through the davening with support of the members in your Virtual 'Minyan'. See 'Daven Together Guidelines & Halachos' below for logistical information specifically about the Virtual Minyan - Online Community.

How It Works

Download Zoom App

You can download the Zoom Video Conferencing App on your phone or computer. Otherwise, access Zoom via your internet browser.

Select Virtual 'Minyan'

Click on the link next to the Virtual 'Minyan' you wish to join. You will be automatically directed to that live 'Minyan' via your downloaded Zoom app or via your internet browser.

Daven Together!

Go through the davening with support of the members in your Virtual 'Minyan'. See 'Daven Together Guidelines & Halachos' below for logistical information specifically about the Virtual Minyan - Online Community.

Daven B'yichidus...but together.

Type Shul
Shacharis (Ashkenaz) Virtual Minyan - Online Community 8:00am - EDT Zoom Link
Shacharis (Ashkenaz) B'nai Jacob Sha'arei Zion - Baltimore, MD 6:25am - EDT Zoom Link
Shacharis (Ashkenaz) Link Kollel - Los Angeles, CA 6:33am (Shifts With Neitz) - PDT Zoom Link
Shacharis (Ashkenaz) B'nai Jacob Sha'arei Zion - Baltimore, MD 6:40am - EDT Zoom Link
Shacharis (Ashkenaz) Young Israel of Flatbush - Brooklyn, NY 6:45pm - EDT Meeting ID: 605-313-5959 | Access Code: 416939
Shacharis (Sefard) Agudah South - Toronto, Canada 6:50am (Shifts With Neitz) - EDT Zoom Link
Shacharis (Ashkenaz) Beis Torah U'tefilah - Passaic, NJ 7:00am - EDT Uber Conference Link (or call 973-310-7189)
Shacharis Young Israel of Brookline - Brookline, MA 7:00am - EDT Zoom Link
Shacharis Tiferes Yisroel - Baltimore, MD 7:00am (Sunday 8:00am) - EDT Zoom Link
Shacharis (Ashkenaz) AABJ&D - West Orange, NJ 7:00am (Sunday 8:00am) - EDT Zoom Link
Shacharis (Edut Mizrach) AABJ&D - West Orange, NJ 7:00am (None Sunday) - EDT Zoom Link
Shacharis B'nei Yeshurun - Teaneck, NJ 7:15am (Sunday 8:00am) - EDT Zoom Link
Shacharis Or Torah - West Orange, NJ 7:30am - EDT Zoom Link
Shacharis (Edut Mizrach) Em Habanim - North Hollywood, CA 7:30am - PDT Zoom Link
Shacharis (Ashkenaz) B'nai Jacob Sha'arei Zion - Baltimore, MD 7:45am - EDT Zoom Link
Shacharis YICC - Los Angeles, CA 7:45am - PDT Zoom Link
Shacharis (Sefard) Bostoner Shul - Brookline, MA 7:50am - EDT Zoom Link
Shacharis (Ashkenaz) Young Israel Lawrence Cedarhurst - Lawrence, NY 8:00am - EDT Zoom Link
Shacharis (Ashkenaz) חשמונאים, ישראל - בית כנסת גלנווד 8:00am - IDT Zoom Link
Shacharis (Ashkenaz) OU-JLIC Toronto - Toronto, Canada 8:30am - EDT (NOT Sunday) Zoom Link
Shacharis (Ashkenaz) Manhattan Jewish Experience (MJE) - New York, NY 9:30am - EDT (Sunday ONLY) Zoom Link
Mincha (Ashkenaz) Beis Torah U'tefilah - Passaic, NJ 1:30pm - EDT Uber Conference Link (or call 973-310-7189)
Mincha (Ashkenaz) OU-JLIC Toronto - Toronto, Canada 2:00pm - EDT Zoom Link
Mincha (Ashkenaz) Young Israel of Flatbush - Brooklyn, NY 3:00pm - EDT Meeting ID: 605-313-5959 | Access Code: 416939
Mincha Young Israel of Brookline - Brookline, MA 6:50pm - EDT Zoom Link
Mincha Young Israel of Riverdale - Bronx, NY 6:50pm - EDT Zoom Link
Mincha Bnei Yeshurun - Teaneck, NJ 7:05pm - EDT Zoom Link
Mincha/Maariv (Ashkenaz) Virtual Minyan - Online Community 7:15pm - EDT Zoom Link
Mincha/Maariv (Edut Mizrach) Em Habanim - North Hollywood, CA 6:45pm - PDT Zoom Link
Mincha/Maariv (Sefard) Bostoner Shul - Brookline, MA 6:50pm - EDT Zoom Link
Mincha/Maariv Young Israel of Teaneck - Teaneck, NJ 7:05pm - EDT Zoom Link
Mincha/Maariv Congregation Or Torah - West Orange, NJ 7:00pm - EDT Zoom Link
Mincha/Maariv Beth Aaron - Teaneck, NJ 7:05pm - EDT Zoom Link
Mincha/Maariv Young Israel of Montreal - Québec, Canada 7:00pm - EDT Zoom Link
Mincha/Maariv (Ashkenaz) Young Israel of Woodmere - Woodmere, NY 7:05pm - EDT Zoom Link
Mincha/Maariv (Ashkenaz) AAJB&D - West Orange, NJ 7:10pm - EDT Zoom Link
Mincha/Maariv (Ashkenaz) Young Israel of West Hempstead - West Hempstead, NY 7:00pm - EDT Zoom Link
Mincha/Maariv (Ashkenaz) Young Israel Lawrence Cedarhurst - Lawrence, NY 7:00pm - EDT Zoom Link
Mincha/Maariv Tiferes Yisroel - Baltimore, MD 7:05pm - EDT Zoom Link
Mincha/Maariv (Ashkenaz) B'nai Jacob Sha'arei Zion - Baltimore, MD 7:05pm - EDT Zoom Link
Mincha/Maariv (Sefard) Agudah South - Toronto, Canada 7:25pm - EDT Zoom Link
Maariv Bnei Yeshurun - Teaneck, NJ 9:00pm - EDT Zoom Link
Maariv (Ashkenaz) Beis Torah U'tefilah - Passaic, NJ 9:30pm - EDT Uber Conference Link (or call 973-310-7189)
Maariv (Ashkenaz) B'nai Jacob Sha'arei Zion - Baltimore, MD 10:00pm - EDT Zoom Link

*Virtual 'Minyanim' are Sunday through Friday, excluding Mincha/Maariv on Fridays.

**Zoom Links and Virtual 'Minyan' information tend to change frequently. If you notice a broken link or misinformation, please let us know at daventogetheronline@gmail.com. Thank you and stay safe.

Virtual Minyanim Guidelines & Halachos

Virtual Minyanim listed on this site follow the Halachic ruling of R' Mordechai Willig, Sh'lita, that a real Minyan cannot actually be formed over Zoom. Below are some Halachos relating to the Virtual Minyanim listed on this site. The Guidelines mostly relate only to the 'Virtual Minyan - Online Community' listed above and hosted by this website.

What is DavenTogether.com?

We can't daven with a Minyan, but we can daven together. 

Shuls across the world are going virtual. They are davening b'yichidus, but together, through Zoom - an online video conference website/application. Led by Shul Rabbanim, many offer their members Divrei Chizuk, Torah and Halacha before or after davening.

DavenTogether.com is a new project born from the difficult climate of quarantine. The website lists the Shuls running Virtual Minyanim, along with their zmanim and Zoom links, to enable Jews across the world to access and participate in davening together.

What's the point of davening in a Virtual 'Minyan' if it's not Halachically a Minyan?

Although no Minyan is actually being formed through video conference (Tefillos like Kaddish and others requiring a Minyan cannot be said Halachically), there are strong benefits to participating in a Virtual 'Minyan'...

1. Say Amen to Brachos
 - the 'Chazzan' of the Virtual 'Minyan' can say Brachos out loud and the members can respond 'Amen' (Psak of R' Mordechai Willig, Sh'lita).

2. Mechazek Tefillos- allotting adequate time to say all the words and have proper Kavannah when davening alone can be quite difficult. With a Virtual 'Minyan' we get the support of others davening along with us.

3. Mechazek Learning - many Shul Rabbanim are offering their communities Divrei Chizuk, Torah and Halacha before or after davening.

4. Accountability and Routine - waking up with nowhere to be is hard. Remembering to daven Mincha/Maariv without having a set daily routine is also hard. Being accountable to a set schedule of Virtual 'Minyanim' while in quarantine can ensure a strong connection to Hashem, consistency, productivity, and even sanity.

5. Sense of Community and Socializing - seeing other human beings live is reassuring and positive when living in isolation, or with just one's family. Virtual 'Minyanim' give us the opportunity to 'spend time' with community members while we daven, and allows us to socialize before and after davening. Having a sense of community and reminds us we are all struggling with similar issue and we are all in this together.

In short, we have been thrust into an unprecedented way of living. We are stuck at home, but we still want (and are obligated) to pray. Therefore, we shall go through davening together, albeit via video conference, to help us allocate proper time to speak to Hashem and somewhat regulate our bizarre schedules.

Plus, since Tefillah stands a better chance of being answered in a minyan (Brachot 8a), perhaps it can’t hurt to daven together via video conference.

Regardless, let’s not forget that our Tefillos truly have the power to change the course of this pandemic.

Which Rabbinical authorities are involved in this project?

HaRav Mordechai Willig, Sh'lita, Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshiva University, has given his blessing for the project, and his Shul's daily Virtual Mincha 'Minyan' is listed on the website.

Each of the other Shuls listed above are run by their respective congregant leaders.

The 'Virtual Minyan - Online Community' listed above is hosted on Zoom by the founder of this website, and follows the Halachic guidelines of Rav Willig.

HaRav Daniel Grama Sh'lita of The Westside Shul in Los Angeles is providing Rabbinical consult for the project.

Please spread the word to help yidden across the world access Virtual Minyanim.

Also, if you know of a Shul running a Virtual Minyanim, please fill it the form above so we can add it to the site.

Thank you, and stay safe.

Will there be a 'Chazzan'? How would that work?

The first couple of members who join the Virtual Minyan - Online Community should decide who will be the ‘Chazzan’.

Everyone but the Chazzan should then mute themselves, so the background noise does not distract those davening.

The Chazzan should go through davening at a normal pace and recite the Chazzan portions out loud.

We do not say Chazaras Hashatz, Kaddish, or any other Tefillos which require a Minyan. 

On leining days, the Chazzan should read through the leining with the proper Ta’amin and annunciations, or he should ask someone else to lein for the Virtual 'Minyan'.

Rabbi Mordechai Willig, Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshiva University, has informed us that he permits his Shul to say 'Amen' in response to a Bracha heard through video chat. The Virtual Minyan - Online Community listed above will behave in accordance with that ruling.

Can we answer Amen to the Chazzan's brachos?

Rabbi Mordechai Willig, Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshiva University, has informed us that he permits his Shul to say 'Amen' in response to a Bracha heard through video chat. The Virtual Minyan - Online Community listed above will behave in accordance with that ruling.

How long is Shacharis, Mincha, or Maariv?

Shacharis should take roughly 30-35 minutes, and Mincha and Maariv should take roughly 5-10 minutes each.

A Divrei Torah is said between Mincha and Maariv.

Feel free to daven at the pace of the ‘Chazzan’, or not. The idea here to ensure we allocate adequate time to focus on davening.

Should I put my video function on while daven?

All are encouraged to put the video function on and set the camera towards you so we can see each other for support.

During Shemona Esrai, we turn the video function off to facilitate stronger Kavannah. Once we complete Shemona Esrai, we turn the video function back on to notify everyone else that we are finished.

There is also chat function which a Virtual Minyan's participants can use to communicate with one another or the entire group, if necessary. 

Virtual Minyanim Guidelines & Halachos

Virtual Minyanim listed on this site follow the Halachic ruling of R' Mordechai Willig, Sh'lita, that a real Minyan cannot actually be formed over Zoom. Below are some Halachos relating to the Virtual Minyanim listed on this site. The Guidelines mostly relate only to the 'Virtual Minyan - Online Community' listed above and hosted by this website.

What is DavenTogether.com?

We can't daven with a Minyan, but we can daven together. 

Shuls across the world are going virtual. They are davening b'yichidus, but together, through Zoom - an online video conference website/application. Led by Shul Rabbanim, many offer their members Divrei Chizuk, Torah and Halacha before or after davening.

DavenTogether.com is a new project born from the difficult climate of quarantine. The website lists the Shuls running Virtual Minyanim, along with their zmanim and Zoom links, to enable Jews across the world to access and participate in davening together.

What's the point of davening in a Virtual 'Minyan' if it's not Halachically a Minyan?

Although no Minyan is actually being formed through video conference (Tefillos like Kaddish and others requiring a Minyan cannot be said Halachically), there are strong benefits to participating in a Virtual 'Minyan'...

1. Say Amen to Brachos
 - the 'Chazzan' of the Virtual 'Minyan' can say Brachos out loud and the members can respond 'Amen' (Psak of R' Mordechai Willig, Sh'lita).

2. Mechazek Tefillos- allotting adequate time to say all the words and have proper Kavannah when davening alone can be quite difficult. With a Virtual 'Minyan' we get the support of others davening along with us.

3. Mechazek Learning - many Shul Rabbanim are offering their communities Divrei Chizuk, Torah and Halacha before or after davening.

4. Accountability and Routine - waking up with nowhere to be is hard. Remembering to daven Mincha/Maariv without having a set daily routine is also hard. Being accountable to a set schedule of Virtual 'Minyanim' while in quarantine can ensure a strong connection to Hashem, consistency, productivity, and even sanity.

5. Sense of Community and Socializing - seeing other human beings live is reassuring and positive when living in isolation, or with just one's family. Virtual 'Minyanim' give us the opportunity to 'spend time' with community members while we daven, and allows us to socialize before and after davening. Having a sense of community and reminds us we are all struggling with similar issue and we are all in this together.

In short, we have been thrust into an unprecedented way of living. We are stuck at home, but we still want (and are obligated) to pray. Therefore, we shall go through davening together, albeit via video conference, to help us allocate proper time to speak to Hashem and somewhat regulate our bizarre schedules.

Plus, since Tefillah stands a better chance of being answered in a minyan (Brachot 8a), perhaps it can’t hurt to daven together via video conference.

Regardless, let’s not forget that our Tefillos truly have the power to change the course of this pandemic.

Which Rabbinical authorities are involved in this project?

HaRav Mordechai Willig, Sh'lita, Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshiva University, has given his blessing for the project, and his Shul's daily Virtual Mincha 'Minyan' is listed on the website.

Each of the other Shuls listed above are run by their respective congregant leaders.

The 'Virtual Minyan - Online Community' listed above is hosted on Zoom by the founder of this website, and follows the Halachic guidelines of Rav Willig.

HaRav Daniel Grama Sh'lita of The Westside Shul in Los Angeles is providing Rabbinical consult for the project.

Please spread the word to help yidden across the world access Virtual Minyanim.

Also, if you know of a Shul running a Virtual Minyanim, please fill it the form above so we can add it to the site.

Thank you, and stay safe.

Will there be a 'Chazzan'? How would that work?

The first couple of members who join the Virtual Minyan - Online Community should decide who will be the ‘Chazzan’.

Everyone but the Chazzan should then mute themselves, so the background noise does not distract those davening.

The Chazzan should go through davening at a normal pace and recite the Chazzan portions out loud.

We do not say Chazaras Hashatz, Kaddish, or any other Tefillos which require a Minyan. 

On leining days, the Chazzan should read through the leining with the proper Ta’amin and annunciations, or he should ask someone else to lein for the Virtual 'Minyan'.

Rabbi Mordechai Willig, Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshiva University, has informed us that he permits his Shul to say 'Amen' in response to a Bracha heard through video chat. The Virtual Minyan - Online Community listed above will behave in accordance with that ruling.

Can we answer Amen to the Chazzan's brachos?

Rabbi Mordechai Willig, Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshiva University, has informed us that he permits his Shul to say 'Amen' in response to a Bracha heard through video chat. The Virtual Minyan - Online Community listed above will behave in accordance with that ruling.

How long is Shacharis, Mincha, or Maariv?

Shacharis should take roughly 30-35 minutes, and Mincha and Maariv should take roughly 5-10 minutes each.

A Divrei Torah is said between Mincha and Maariv.

Feel free to daven at the pace of the ‘Chazzan’, or not. The idea here to ensure we allocate adequate time to focus on davening.

Should I put my video function on while daven?

All are encouraged to put the video function on and set the camera towards you so we can see each other for support.

During Shemona Esrai, we turn the video function off to facilitate stronger Kavannah. Once we complete Shemona Esrai, we turn the video function back on to notify everyone else that we are finished.

There is also chat function which a Virtual Minyan's participants can use to communicate with one another or the entire group, if necessary. 

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