VIEWER IM­PRESSED BY ALYTH’S ON­LINE PRO­GRAM­MING

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community -

FINCH­LEY res­i­dent Philip Rosen, 85, first viewed Alyth’s stream­ing ser­vice last Yom Kip­pur.

“The idea is ter­rific,” he said, “al­though it’s al­ways the way with tech­nol­ogy that some­times you have a few prob­lems. The synagogue is on a tight bud­get. Of course, it can be frus­trat­ing when you’re re­ly­ing on the stream­ing, but there’s go­ing to be even more im­prove­ments this year in time for Yom Kip­pur.”

He added that af­ter “four years of sur­gi­cal-re­lated hell”, he strug­gled to get to synagogue, par­tic­u­larly on the High HolyDays when Alyth’s ser­vices were held in a mar­quee in the Stern­berg Cen­tre.

“We lost our son Andrew 25 years ago, and my wife and I al­ways want to at­tend Yizkor [the me­mo­rial ser­vice] to re­mem­ber him. This is a very good so­lu­tion. It’s like you’re re­ally there par­tic­i­pat­ing.”

Mr Rosen and his wife Sheila fol­lowed the ser­vice on­line with prayer books at their home.

“I don’t think I need it ev­ery Shab­bat yet,” he said. “I still man­age to get to shul on a Satur­day. But for spe­cial sit­u­a­tions like this, it’s a won­der­ful idea.”

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