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HTAA is a warm and welcoming synagogue located in Silver Spring, MD, two blocks from the Wheaton Metro Station. We are committed to halakha and foster an inclusive approach to build an open community where all are welcome. Our traditional Conservative community comes together daily to pray, learn Torah, perform mitzvoth, give charity, and engage in social justice activities. Our community welcomes individuals from all (or no) Jewish backgrounds. We offer a daily minyan, a variety of classes on Jewish topics, and engage our youth in all aspects of synagogue and communal life.



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You will only need to do this once, the first time you enter a Zoom meeting. After Zoom is installed, you can simply go to, click on the daily minyan link, enter password and you will be in our zoom meetings!


When entering a Zoom meeting for the first time from a computer

you will need to download a small application file.

This process is easy to complete on all commonly used browsers. The examples below are shown using Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.


To download and install the Zoom Application

1.  Go to and from the Download Center, click on the Download button under “Zoom Client For Meetings”.

2. This application will automatically download when you start your first Zoom Meeting.

·         Once the download is complete, proceed with installing the Zoom application onto your computer.


Mozilla Firefox

Click ‘Save File’  and follow the instruction in the orange box.


Google Chrome

Google Chrome should automatically download the file and point to it as shown above. Clicking on the Zoom_launcher.exe file will install Zoom. There will be a short pause before a blue progress bar appears indicating the installation.

If an ‘Application Launcher’ or ‘External Protocol Request’ box appears simply tick the ‘Remember my choice’ option box and then click ‘OK’

Just before entering the meeting you will be prompted to enter a display name. This name is simply to identify you in the meeting and is not connected to your  username.


Join Audio via Computer

You will then be prompted how you wish to join your audio. If you wish to join audio via the telephone, follow the instructions further down, otherwise simply select Join Computer by Audio (TIP: by ticking the “Automatically join audio by computer…” option box first, will mean you won’t get prompted again in the future)


If you are unable to join from Zoom on a computer or mobile device, then you can join on the telephone instead.

If you would like to attend a Zoom meeting via telephone within the Maryland area:

Dial in by phone

Then, enter the Meeting ID and PIN (462912) when prompted.

Please note calls will be charged at standard national rates.

There are also many “local” dial-in numbers from many international locations. You can find more details on these here.


Join via Computer & Audio via Telephone

It is possible to use a combination of computer for video and phone for audio.

If you use this option, then enter by computer first and select the Join By Phone tab when the audio pop-up window appears (see example below). This will display the NZ dial in number for you (or you can change it to display one of the many other countries which have a “local” dial in number by clicking on the flag icon), as well as the Meeting ID to enter and your Participant ID.

Dial in as noted above, however after entering the Meeting ID, you will be prompted to enter your Participant ID. Simply enter this number followed by # and your video and audio will then be synchronized.


A few minutes before the meeting starts:
1. Go to  website
2. You will see at the top of the page:
3. Click on the words “daily minyan online”
4. It will open
5. It will ask Open zoom? Select '
Open Zoom' button
6.  Enter password (
need password?)

7. select Join Meeting button
8.  select
blue button 'Join with Video'
9.  select 'Join with Computer Audio'


VOILA! You are in zoom meeting.

To leave the meeting:  
Select leave meeting on bottom right of screen.

4. MORE...

Raising Your Hand

As the non-speaker if you wish to ask a question or make a point during a meeting it is good protocol to use the ‘Raise Hand’ facility.

If the tool bar is not showing at the bottom of the Zoom window, place your cursor over the Zoom window so it appears and select the ‘Participants’ icon.

A window listing other participants will appear, there is also a ‘Raise Hand’ icon, click the icon to make it known to the Host that you would like to raise your hand

If you wish to lower your hand, click the ‘Lower hand’ icon that will have replaced the ‘Raise hand’ icon.

Using Chat

You can use the ‘Chat’ facility to send text chat to all participants or privately to specific participants.

Click on the ‘Chat’ icon in the tool bar, again hover your mouse over the Zoom window if you can’t see the tool bar.

A chat window will then open. Select ‘Everyone’ or the name of the person you wish to send a chat message to.


Audio only

It is possible that during the conference participants will be ask to turn off their cameras and move to audio only, particularly if there are problems with the available bandwidth.

To do this simply click on the camera icon at the bottom of the Zoom window.

The Zoom link can be located by clicking on the left hand side of the main home screen at It will take you straight into the Zoom link, but will ask prompt you for a password.  For people who call in, the phone number and password are located below the “click here” button.



During a meeting

You can access your audio settings and test your audio when you are already in a meeting. 

  1. In the meeting controls, click the arrow next to Mute/Unmute.
  2. Click Audio Options.; this will open your audio settings.

Testing your speaker

  1. Click Test Speaker to play a test tone. 
  2. If you cannot hear it, select a different speaker from the menu or adjust the Volume.

Learn more about audio settings.

Testing your microphone

  1. In the Microphone section, you will see the green Input Level bar move when Zoom is picking up audio. 
  2. Click Test Mic to test your microphone. 
  3. Your audio will start recording. Click Recording when you are done and it will play back. You can select another microphone from the menu or adjust the input level.
  4. Check Automatically adjust microphone settings if you want Zoom to adjust the input volume automatically. 

Learn more about audio settings.

Microphone troubleshooting

  • If you are on on Mac OS 10.14 Mojave or earlier and can't access the microphone, check your operating system permissions to confirm that Zoom has access to the microphone. See Using the Zoom Client and Zoom Rooms with macOS 10.14 Mojave for more information.
  • If you are on Windows 10 and can't access the microphone, use the Windows search box to navigate to Microphone privacy settings. Switch on the Allow apps to access your microphone toggle, and enable access for Zoom.

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