Judaism understands that community is defined as 10 people — a minyan — the minimum number of people required for certain religious obligations, including worship. Jews are obligated to be in physical proximity to each other for prayer, including the worship leader. So in the age of COVID-19, if you are required not to be near people, how do communities do communal worship?
The simple answer is you lean heavily on technology and the ability to stream worship online or record worship and post it online later. At Temple Shalom we livestream our worship every week, adding online viewers to our onsite community. For the next few weeks, our worship team will be leading services, albeit to an empty sanctuary, as we livestream only.