Online Learning: Together & Apart: The Future of Jewish Peoplehood

March 29, 2020, 10:00 am - 11:30 am

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Today we face new challenges to Jewish unity, including nationalism, antisemitism, dual loyalty, and identity politics. In conjunction with the renowned faculty of the Shalom Hartman Institute, we will consider what it means to be a member of the Jewish people, the core values that animate Jewish peoplehood, and the contemporary challenges to Jewish unity. Together we will imagine new conceptual frameworks that can help sustain and grow a vibrant story of Jewish peoplehood.

Join Rabbi Starr for Part 4 of his 5-part educational series by logging into our Zoom classroom.

What Is Zoom and How Do I Use It?

  1. You will need a computer, tablet, or smartphone with speaker or headphones and, to fully participate, a video or web camera. (Most smartphones, tablets, and laptops have these).  You will have the opportunity to check your audio immediately upon joining a meeting.
  2. If you are using a phone or tablet, you will need an app for the Apple Store or Google Play Store. Look for the “ZOOM Cloud Meetings” app with a video camera icon.
  3. You should download the app in advance.
  4. If you are unsure you will be able to connect, you can use the link whenever you want. This will allow you to practice connecting, as below.
  5. If you need technical help with connecting, please call 248-357-5544 or email Robert Rich at

Try to connect 5-10 minutes early. To join the videoconference:

  1. The link to connect to Shaarey Zedek adult education is
  2. If you are on a computer, you may be instructed to download the Zoom application. Please follow the on-screen instructions to download and install Zoom
  3. Once you are connected through Zoom, you have an opportunity to test your audio at this point by clicking on “Test Computer Audio.”
  4. Once you are satisfied that your audio works, click on “Join audio by computer.”
  5. If you prefer, you can connect by “Phone Call”. Click on the tab to get the connection information. You connect by dialing the number given, then typing in the Meeting ID followed by #, then typing your participant ID followed by #.
  6. Once you are connected, your system may ask you to approve use of the camera and microphone by Zoom. You should do so.
  7. You may also join a meeting without clicking on the invitation link by going to on any browser and entering the Meeting ID 513-813-8742.

Participant controls in the lower left corner of the Zoom screen. Using the icons in the lower left corner of the Zoom screen, you can:

  1. Mute/Unmute your microphone (far left)
  2. Turn on/off camera (“Start/Stop Video”)
  3. Invite other participants
  4. View Participant list – opens a pop-out screen that includes a “Raise Hand” icon that you may use to raise a virtual hand
  5. Change your screen name that is seen in the participant list and video window
  6. Somewhere on your Zoom screen you will also see a choice to toggle between “speaker” and “gallery” view. “Speaker view” shows the active speaker. “Gallery view” tiles all of the meeting participants.

The texts as well as the lectures from Rabbi Donniel Hartman and other Shalom Hartman Institute faculty members may be found by going to and entering in community registration code 8N7YACC9.