Yeah, zoom is more “like being there.” When the pandemic first hit, the temple had Shabbat services over zoom and it was very nice. There might only be 25-ish people, but you saw everyone’s face, and the rabbi would have people do readings and stuff. It was cozy in a weird electronic way.
No zoom now for services, only YouTube, live streaming from the temple website, Facebook live, and the temple now has its own Roku channel!
To attend last night in person, besides your membership card, you had to present proof of vaccination, and of course, everyone was masked. There were probably 50 people there at the early service, which I watched, spread out (except for families). This is in a sanctuary that can seat 1,200 people. Normally there are more people at the 7:30 service–I didn’t watch that one.