Coronavirus restrictions have changed the way religious communities conduct their spiritual activities. Worship and special events in churches and synagogues have been canceled or postponed, but the essence of spiritual messages and traditions endure. Now, out of necessity, faith-sustaining connections are found online.
Find a spiritual experience online at religious centers in the San Fernando Valley area. Here’s a sample of Palm Sunday, Holy Week, Virtual Passover Seders, and other upcoming services and religious education opportunities.
Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles: Masses are broadcast live from Notre-Dame des Anges Cathedral. Palm Sunday, 7:00 a.m. (Spanish) and 10:00 a.m. (English) on April 5. Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 7:00 p.m. Good Friday, Passion of the Lord, noon (English) and 3:00 p.m. (Spanish) on April 10. Easter vigil (bilingual), 8 p.m. on April 11. Easter, 7 a.m. (Spanish) and 10 a.m. (English) on April 12. For these masses: facebook.com/lacatholics For other mass programs: lacatholics.org/mass-for-the-homebound
Palm Sunday – Love in the time of the coronavirus: Reverend Bill Freeman delivers the message at 10 a.m. on April 5. Chatsworth Congregational Church (United Church of Christ). 818-349-2550. www.chatsworthuc.org
Northridge United Methodist Church Palm Sunday Message: Reverend Joseph Choi delivers the message in English at 10 a.m. and Korean at 11:30 a.m. on April 5. 818-886-1555. bit.ly/2Q9nio1
Palm Sunday and a driving blessing and Holy Week services from Prince of Peace Episcopal Church: Live streaming service with a message based on Isaiah 50: 4-9a, Matthew 26: 14-27: 66 and Philippians 2: 5-11, at 10 a.m. on April 5. Following the viewing service on Palm Sunday, there will be a Drive-By Blessing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 5 (cross the south parking lot of the church and Reverend Deacon George Packer will deliver a blessing. drop off an offering / prayer slips at the drive-thru). Holy Week service broadcast live: Maundy Thursday, April 9 at 7 p.m. Good Friday, April 10 at noon and 7 p.m., and Easter, April 12 at 10 a.m. The Prince of Peace Episcopal Church is located in Woodland Hills. 818-346-6968. For links to services and updates: www.popwh.org/happenings.html
Sunday Message from the Center for Spiritual Living-Granada Hills: Reverend Michael McMorrow delivers the message at 10:30 a.m. on April 5. 818-363-8136. cslgh.com
Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church Sunday Message: 10:30 a.m. on April 5. Download the Zoom app and log in uuma.zoom.us/j/8581092800 (log in 5 to 10 minutes earlier). The church is in Canoga Park. 818-887-6101. emersonuuc.org
Palm Sunday – Jesus’ Tremor: Reverend Steve Peralta explains the message, based on John 12: 1-8, 10:30 a.m. on April 5. In addition, the message of Maundy Thursday, 7 p.m., April 9 and the message of Good Friday, 7 p.m., April 10 (this will be the Zoom). North Hollywood First United Methodist Church. 818-763-8231. www.nohofumc.org; www.facebook.com/nohofumc1 Where www.youtube.com (search @nohofumc)
Beth Hillel Temple: Passover Seder with Rabbis Sarah Hronsky and Keara Stein, 4:30 p.m. April 8 (see Special Events section tbhla.org/tbh-online Additionally, Shabbat airs live on April 10 at 7 p.m. ET. Torah Study, April 11 at 9:30 a.m. (via Zoom). Details on the online programming and how they are presented, see these pages: tbhla.org/tbh-online and bit.ly/2URt9Qq The Reformed Jewish congregation is in Valley Village. 818-763-9148. tbhla.org
Kol Tikvah Online Seder: The Reformed congregation offers the Passover service from 5 pm to 6:30 pm On April 8, the temple uses the Haggadah “A Different Night”. Click on the website link to read the Haggadah and watch the service, www.koltikvah.org/event/online-seder.html
Beth Shalom Valley: Conservative Encino Synagogue airs Passover seders on April 8: Rabbis Noah Farkas and Avi Taff lead seder for young families from 5 p.m. to 5:35 p.m. Rabbi Joshua Hoffman and Asher Levy lead Seder for families with school-aged children, 5:45 p.m. to 6:20 p.m. Rabbi Ed Feinstein and Cantors Phil Baron and Herschel Fox lead a Seder for adults and teens, 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. (see link for Facebook Live or Zoom viewing). For Shabbat services, conferences, and pre-recorded classes, check the schedule here: www.vbs.org/vbsathome 818-788-6000. www.vbs.org
Seder of the virtual community of Aliyah Temple: Hazzan Mike Stein is in charge of the service, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm April 9. Online reservations (submit name and email and login details will be sent). templealiyah.org/events/virtual-community-seder-with-hazzan-stein/
Shabbat of Adat Ari El: The Valley Village Conservative Congregation offers two Shabbat services, April 10 at 6 p.m. and April 11 at 9:30 a.m. 818-766-9426. Click the link for the Facebook live stream, www.adatariel.org/worship/shabbat-services
Shabbat of the Shomrei Torah synagogue: The conservative Jewish West Hills congregation offers a Kabbalat Shabbat at 6 p.m. on April 10 and a Shabbat morning service at 9 a.m. on April 11. 818-854-7650. Click on the link to download the prayer book and to view the services, www.stsonline.org/media-galleries/live-streaming
Ahavat Shalom Temple – Shabbat: The Northridge Reform Jewish congregation is broadcasting the service live on April 10 at 6:15 p.m. 818-360-2258. Email: [email protected] Click on the site link, www.tasnorthridge.org
Temple of Judea – Shabbat Live Stream: 6:15 p.m. April 10. More online programming, see this page: templejudea.com/covid19response The Reformed Jewish congregation is in Tarzana. 818-758-3800. Email: [email protected] templejudea.com
Kol Tikvah – Shabbat: Reform Jewish congregation live streaming service, 6:30 p.m. April 10. 818-348-0670. Click the website link for the online siddur (prayer book) and service, www.koltikvah.org/services.html
Temple of Alyah: Live broadcast of the Conservative Jewish congregation’s Shabbat services in Woodland Hills, 7 p.m. on April 10 and 9:45 a.m. on April 11. Click the link on the website for services, learning and updates, templealiyah.org/livestream
Send the information at least two weeks in advance. [email protected] 818-713-3708.