Zoombombing disrupts Congregation Etz Chaim Saturday service

Marietta, GA
- Congregation Etz Chaim’s leading vocalist Fern Meharg was finishing the Hallel prayer Saturday welcoming the new month of Adar about an hour into the Shabbat service when a cacophony of screaming young Zoombombers brought the service to a crashing standstill.

The unwelcomed band of five to 10 disrupters caught the congregation of about 50 attendees by surprise, beginning with what seemed an unmuted mic, a periodic and predictable occurrence in the ubiquitous COVID age of Zoom meetings, and developing into a steady barrage of anti-Semitic and racial statements.

These including some penned in the Zoom chat space, such as “Kill the Jews,” “Fuck Jews,” “Hitler Rules,” and “Free Palestine.” Not to mention a few graphic porn images.

Photo: Screenshot by Debbie Adelman