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Speaking Tip

Making the most of the virtual High Holiday sermon

‘The Days of Awe’ are anxiety producers for rabbis any year, but COVID takes it to a new level. Rabbis everywhere are faced with an additional High Holiday challenge to give a powerful sermon – not to an in-person audience – but to a camera.  Oy.

Like most speakers, Rabbis feed off the energy in the room. Their bread and butter is connecting with the people who are sitting in the sanctuary.  How can one do this virtually? How can a rabbi help congregants at home feel more connected to the rabbi and his/her words, even though one is virtual? Below are three ways to turn a virtual sermon into a meaningful and compelling experience for congregants.