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Holy Blossom Temple: Statement on Zoombombing

Online Security in the age of COVID-19

As we have turned to the virtual platform called Zoom to enable congregants and friends of Holy Blossom Temple to feel more connected in these times of physical distancing, we have unfortunately come to realize a vulnerability to a certain type of trolling called ZoombombingZoombombing is when individuals bombard public video calls with antisemitic, racist, pornographic, or vulgar content. Holy Blossom Temple is taking this issue very seriously.

With our collective protection and preservation in mind, we have implemented the following proactive measures for our public meetings to protect our community from such attacks. We have:

  1. Enabled the waiting room feature so all participants in Zoom meetings are reviewed prior to joining
  2. Enabled co-hosting and trained trusted volunteers to moderate our public offerings who can remove any unwanted guests
  3. Disabled screen sharing by anyone other than the Host
  4. Disabled the public chat feature
  5. Disabled File Transferring
  6. Disabled the Allow Removed Participants to Rejoin feature

In the case these efforts do not work, the host and/or moderator may make the decision to end and not restart the call/event. If it comes to that, we apologize and thank you for your understanding.

For these reasons, we ask that participants in Holy Blossom Temple Zoom programs and services display their real names when entering a Zoom call. It is hard to assess if “Samsung” or “iPhone” is joining us with good intentions, especially if the video is turned off. So please use your real names.

If you’re not sure how to change your Zoom display name, please click here for information on how to customize your profile.

Here is a summary statement from Zoom on how to protect your meetings: Keep Zooming responsibly

To minimize the risks to our community, we continue to monitor learnings from other organizations and update and evaluate the precautions in place to ensure the safety and security of our virtual platforms. To report an incident, or if you have any questions or concerns regarding zoombombing, please email [email protected].

Thank you in advance for helping secure our community against this unfortunate threat.

Ron Polster,
Executive Director

If you require one-on-one assistance in protecting your Zoom Account, please email Abigail Carpenter-Winch at [email protected], who will match you with a volunteer to assist you.


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