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How to Subscribe to a Customized Version of the Synagogue Calendar


1. Log in to your account on the Scarsdale Synagogue website. If your name is not shown in the upper right corner, click on the Login button and log in.

2.  Go to the calendar page on the website:

a. Once there, click on “More Filters/Views” in the upper right area

b. In the third line (“Layout”), click on the rightmost option “Export/WebCal

c. In the line below that, click on “iCal/WebCal Export

d. Click on the “SETUP ICAL” button below that.

3. Select which calendars/events you want to subscribe to. 

a. In the section marked “Choose Calendar Options”: The first box, “Shul Calendar”, is where you will specify which calendars/events you want to subscribe to

i. Check the first box above where it says "All Shul Schedule Times"

ii. Then click on the pull-down menu that says “All Shul Schedule Times”. This will include ALL Scarsdale Synagogue events you can see. If you want to exclude/include some, click on the pull-down menu and check all those which you want. To go back to including ALL, click on the Uncheck All button at the top (NOTE: if you click Check All, that will include all the events in current categories, but if a category is later added it will NOT be included in your subscribed calendar. So if you want EVERYTHING, it is better to click uncheck all and just leave the check box above "All Shul Schedule Times" checked).

iii. Below that, there are three options for Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Ufrufs, and Weddings. Check these if you want those events included in your subscribed synagogue calendar.

b. The middle box, “Jewish Calendar”, allows you to include various general Jewish events in your subscribed synagogue calendar. (NOTE that, if you choose to include Jewish holidays they will be from the Orthodox calendar, which won’t always be the same as the Reform calendar. We are trying to get our website provider, ShulCloud, to add an option for the Reform calendar.)

c. The last box, “My Lifecycles”, allows you to choose whether to include your own specific/personal events in your subscribed synagogue calendar, but only works if you input those events in the relevant area of your synagogue account. Click on the Manage link at the top (you might want to right-click or hold-click on it and open in a separate tab or window so you don’t lose your place in the calendar subscription process) to go to your account and manage these dates – for example, go to My Family to input/update birthdays and anniversaries, or My Yahrzeits to input/update yahrzeit dates.

d. IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING CALENDAR SETUP: You can have multiple subscriptions to different calendar configurations if you want. For example, if you have one child in the nursery school and another in the religious school, and you want those entries to show in different colors on your calendar, you can go through the above and below steps more than once and select different content to include in each subscribed calendar.

4. Subscribe to your selected events. Once you have selected which types of events you want shown in your subscribed calendar, it is time to actually subscribe under “2. Get Link”. This step will depend on what calendar program(s)/app(s) you use:

a. NOTE that often if you subscribe from one device, like an iPad, the calendar will also be added on your other computers or devices that are linked to the same account info, like a Mac or iPhone – so before you subscribe from a second device, make sure the synagogue calendar isn’t already showing up.

b. Google Calendar. If you are logged into your Google Calendar on the same computer/device you are using to subscribe, clicking the “Add to Google Calendar” link should work to add it to your subscribed calendars in your Google Calendar account. If you have problems, see step d below

c. Apple Calendar on iPhone/iPad. RECOMMENDED FOR ALL IPHONE USERS. SYNCS THE FASTEST AND EASIEST TO INSTALL.  If you are using the Apple Calendar app on an iPhone/iPad and are using that device to subscribe, clicking the “Add to iPhone/iPad ” link should work to add it to your subscribed calendars in your Apple account (Mac, see also instructions starting at step c under “Apple Calendar on Mac” below). If you have problems, see step 4e below.

d. If you are using Outlook, do NOT click on the “Add to Outlook (Desktop Version)” link – this will import the entries rather than subscribe to the calendar. Instead, see item 4e below.

e. For Outlook and other calendar programs/apps, or if you are having trouble with the above links for Google Calendar or Apple Calendar/iPad/iPhone/Mac, do the following:

i. NOTE: If you haven’t already, try clicking on the “Add to iPhone/iPad” link first, even if you aren’t using an iPhone or iPad. Often this will shortcut some of the steps below, and then you can figure out how to proceed based on the various other instructions for specific programs below. If clicking on the link doesn’t work or is not clear, then go to the next step below.

ii. First, copy the web address specified in the last line after “Manually add to another web calendar” (make sure you copy the ENTIRE address, from the “webcal://” at the beginning to the very end of the whole address – on a computer, fast-clicking three times often will select the entire address, on a mobile device usually if you press and hold somewhere in the address you will get a Select All option – or else drag-select from the very beginning to the very end).

iii. Next, subscribe to this calendar web address link from your calendar program. The steps are usually pretty similar but may differ a little from program to program – below are instructions that should work for Outlook, Google Calendar,  and Apple Calendar (iPhone/iPad/Mac). For other programs/apps, try to find similar menu options to those described below. 

1.  Google Calendar

a.  Go to your Google Calendar, and on the left side, where it says Other Calendars, click on the + sign and choose From URL.

b. Paste the full web address you copied into the space, and click on the Add Calendar button.

c. You should now see the new calendar included in your calendar list on the left side (make sure it is checked). It may have a name starting “webcal…” To change the name to something more helpful (e.g. “Scarsdale Synagogue Calendar”), click on the menu icon to the right of it, choose Settings, and specify a new name.  You may need to refresh the page to see the new name that you have given the calendar.

d. In the top left, hit the back arrow button next to Settings until you see your calendar again. 

e. It may take a little time for the calendar entries to actually show up on your Google calendar.

f.  If you are syncing these calendars to your iPhone or mobile device, make sure you update your sync settings by checking/unchecking the calendars that you want to sync.

2. Apple iPad/iPhone

a. From your home screen, click on your Settings icon, on the left scroll down to Calendar and click on it.

b. On the right, click on Accounts, and then in the list click on Add Account.

c. Choose Other, and then Add Subscribed Calendar

d. Click and hold in the space next to Server, and you should see a menu pop up saying Paste – click on Paste, and then hit the Next key on the keyboard

e. You now should see information about the calendar come up. You can change the calendar name by editing the Description.

f. When done, click Save in upper right.

g. Go to your Calendar. It may take a little time for the calendar entries to actually show up on your Apple calendar. Click on the Calendar link at the bottom and make sure the calendar is showing and is checked.

3. Apple Calendar on Mac

a. From your Apple Calendar program, go to File – New Calendar Subscription

b. Paste the full web address you copied into the space, and click on the Subscribe button.

c. You now should see information about the calendar come up. You can change the calendar name by editing the Name.

d. Change the Auto Refresh option to Every Day.  You can always manually push a sync by clicking on "view" in the menu bar and then clicking "refresh calendars"

e. Click on the OK button.

f. When done, click Save in upper right.

g. You should now see the new calendar included in your calendar list on the left side (make sure it is checked). To change the name, click on it to edit. It may take a little time for the calendar entries to actually show up on your Apple calendar. Click on the Calendar link at the bottom and make sure the calendar is showing and is checked.

4. Outlook desktop version (exact steps may vary a little depending on version)

a. Go to File – Info – Account Settings (and choose Account Settings).

b. Click on the Internet Calendars tab near the top of the window, and click on the New… button just below that.

c. Paste the full web address you copied into the space, and click Add.

d. In the Folder Name line, specify what you want the calendar to be called (e.g. “Scarsdale Synagogue Calendar”), and click the OK button, then click Close.

e. Go to your calendar, and you should see the new calendar name under Other Calendars in the left hand side. Make sure it is checked. To see it integrated into your main calendar, click the left arrow at the top of the new calendar tab. It may take a little time for the calendar entries to actually show up on your Outlook calendar.

5. Outlook web version (exact steps may vary a little depending on version)

a. Go to the calendar view and on the left side click on the Add Calendar link.

b. Paste the full web address you copied into the space, and hit the Enter key on your keyboard.

c. You should now see the new calendar included in your calendar list on the left side (make sure it is checked), with a name starting “webcal…” To change the name to something more helpful (e.g. “Scarsdale Synagogue Calendar”), click on the menu icon to the right of it and choose Rename.

d. It may take a little time for the calendar entries to actually show up on your Outlook calendar.

Sun, June 20 2021 10 Tammuz 5781