COVID boosts struggling NJ synagogue | Faith Matters

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Once COVID became a pandemic in March 2020, houses of worship stopped indoor services. Many religions livestreamed their services on Facebook or YouTube. Congregation B’Nai Israel of Kearny and North Arlington chose Zoom, however, so they could be interactive — and it paid off. They picked up more virtual congregants from throughout the country than they would normally attract on a given Friday in person, which was about 10. On Zoom, they often more than doubled that number. When Rosh Hashanah begins at sunset next Sunday, Sept. 25, they will hold a hybrid service – in person for the first ti…

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