Using “Zoom” for services, study

Zoom is a videoconferencing program. It will allow you to “attend” study sessions and services at Bet Haverim while sheltering-in-place. Most links to Zoom events are either sent directly by email, or (for Services) available on our password-protected page.

These are instructions that we’ve been given by other groups, and we’ll adjust them if we find they don’t suit everyone. However, please understand that your exact phone or computer might not react as we expect, and use the link at the bottom of this post to the Zoom Help Center for support.

Join by computer

  • Close any program on your computer that uses your camera, for instance Skype.
  • Have a headset available if possible to minimize feedback – your cellphone earbuds will work well.
  • Click the Zoom link that’s been sent to you in an email, and Zoom should automatically and quickly download to your computer.
  • In Downloads on your computer, click Zoom_launcher.exe. Zoom should direct you to this with a large orange flag.
  • Once Zoom has launched, a screen should pop up asking for your name. This will identify you during the meeting.
  • You should now be part of the meeting. Click the green button that says “Join Audio By Computer”.

Join by tablet or smartphone

  • If you choose to use your tablet or smartphone, be sure to download the Zoom app ahead of time.
  • Once you have downloaded the Zoom app, follow the “Join by computer” instructions above.

Join by telephone

  • First, dial the phone number provided in the Zoom email.
  • When prompted, dial the meeting ID number that is also provided.  
  • Your phone will be automatically muted once the meeting starts. If you want to speak, press *6 to unmute.

We want to start on time – please allow extra time to get online!

In consideration of the whole group, please arrive 10 minutes early in order to get successfully connected. This is especially important if this is your first time using Zoom.

Zoom support

The Zoom website has a very comprehensive Help Center. For help with getting setup to use Zoom and with any issues you may encounter, please visit their Help Center.