Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Hindu friends, have launched an app to help prayers

Four friends from the UK, each from a different religion, have teamed up to create an app helping worshippers organize prayer services.

Tags: Coronavirus
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Outdoor prayer service
Outdoor prayer service
Mendy Crombie

Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Hindu friends, have launched an app to help organize prayer services.

It sounds like the start of a joke but apparently, that's what the coronavirus is bringing out of people and how it's creating connections that may have seemed unlikely before.

Four friends from the UK have created an app that helps places of worship from all over the world to run services while keeping social distancing measures. It also allows participants to be alerted if a person tests positive after participating in a service.

A Jew, a Christian, a Hindu, and a Muslim came together to create, a web-app that's available in many languages and is in use around the world.

Shneor Crombie is the Jewish co-founder and together with his colleagues has developed the app in order to allow Synagogues, Churches, Mosques, and Temples to reopen their doors. This, while keeping social distancing and a maximum capacity of people in a service in order to prevent attendees from contracting the virus.

"We are 4 friends who have been working together for a few years in a London based startup", says Crombie "All of us are from different backgrounds and religions. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to do something to help people. We realized that in these uncertain and difficult times it is important to reunite communities."

"We saw the need to help congregations to reopen Synagogues safely and in a managed way. We therefore created the free app."

Using the app a synagogue can easily manage dates and times of services and attendance, to ensure that the number of people attending follow social distancing measures.

Synagogues can create an event for a service, set people capacity, and share the event link for people so that they can register in less than 10 seconds. Then prior to service/minyan, the Shul has the list of attendees. It also means that if any positive Covid-19 cases are detected at a later date, it would be easy to track and alert others who attended.

This week, following the new limits on synagogues in Israel, hundreds of new synagogues signed up to the service' "It makes me very happy" Crombie says, "We are helping them to open and take care of their prayers so they won't contract the virus, this is highly satisfying for me"

In the UK, the Chief Rabbi Office has sent an update to Shuls across the country, suggesting using the app to manage booking for services.

Synagogues from many countries are already using the app and Crombie tells us that he is personally helping many of them. "It's a free app, we are doing it for the cause, not for money."

He finishes by saying: "We hope that the app will help the congregation get back together safely and that soon our product won't be needed anymore."

Prayin.io is available on the web and soon will also be available on Android and iOS.




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