With snow again in the forecast for Wednesday, some of you may be unable to travel to Butte, Bozeman, Great Falls, Missoula or points beyond for the next round of High Holidays. Not to worry! With the gift of online services available to us, you truly never have to feel alone on the yom tovim any more.
Feedback from several people who did partake of online services for Rosh HaShanah was extremely positive.
Below are links to synagogue services. All have been viewed/used by at least some of our members and come highly recommended:
East Coast (Eastern Daylight Time)
92nd Street Y, Manhattan (Nondenominational)
The 92nd Street Y in Manhattan is one of the United States’ oldest Jewish community centers. Services are led by Rabbi Elka Abrahamson and cantorial soloist Elana Arian.
Brooklyn Heights Synagogue (Reform)
The Brooklyn Heights Synagogue describes itself as a “welcoming, inclusive community dedicated to lifelong learning, to supporting each other and to caring for the world.” The congregation also streams Shabbat services and archives many previous ones.
Central Synagogue, New York City (Reform)
This 2,600-member congregation is one of the largest synagogues in North America. The synagogue streams its High Holidays services free on its website and on its Facebook page.
Lab/Shul, midgown Manhattan (Nondenominational)
An “everybody friendly, artist-driven, God-optional, pop-up Jewish community,” Lab/Shul holiday services are led by Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie and an ensemble of musicians and ritual leaders. Lab/Shul will be live streaming services from a theater in midtown Manhattan.
OurJewishCommunity.org is an online synagogue that will stream services on the first day of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Our Jewish Community a home for Liberal Jews online. Join us for Live Streaming Shabbat and Holiday Services, Jewish Podcasts, Blogs, fun for kids and more!
Park Avenue Synagogue, Manhattan (Conservative)
This 1,650-family Manhattan congregation’s vision includes practicing “a Judaism filled with love, literacy, reverence, compassion, and joy” and striving “to make our ancient tradition compelling and welcoming to contemporary Jewry and to serve as a light unto our fellow Jews and the nations.” Led by Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove.
Temple Beth EL, Boca Raton, FL (Reform)
This Miami congregation is one of the largest synagogues in South Florida. It also streams Shabbat services, and archives all services back to August 2016. Led by Rabbi Jeremy Barras.
Temple Emanu-El, New York City’s first Reform synagogue (Reform)
Founded in 1845, Emanu-El was New York City’s first Reform congregation. Led by Rabbi Joshua Davidson.
Temple Sholom, Cincinnati (Reform)
This Cincinnati synagogue says it welcomes “all people: seekers, interfaith families, and those in search of a spiritual home.”
Midwest (Central Daylight Time)
Congregation Sinai, Milwaukee (Reform)
Located in Milwaukee’s North Shore area, Congregation Sinai describes itself as “intimate, vibrant and inclusive.” All High Holy Day services are streamed on the synagogue’s YouTube channel. Led by Rabbi David B. Cohen and Cantor Richard Newman.
North Shore Congregation Israel, Glenco, IL, a suburb of Chicago
Isn’t this where Rabbi Wendi Geffen is?
West Coast (Pacific Daylight Time)
Congregation Beth Israel, Portland, OR (Reform)
Founded in 1858, Beth Israel has a long history in Portland, Oregon. The congregation regularly streams its services and is led by Rabbi Michael Z. Cahana.
Temple Beth Israel, San diego, Reform
We’re pleased to welcome you to Beth Israel, through our live streamed services.
Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills (Reform)
Temple Emanuel describes itself as “one of Southern California’s premier Reform Jewish congregations and synagogues.” The congregation also streams Shabbat services and archives past ones. Find a schedule of services here. Led by Senior Rabbi Jonathan Aaron.
Congregation Shir Chadash, Los Gados, CA (Reform)
Located in Los Gatos, California, Shir Chadash describes itself as “an evolving, vibrant, growing Reform Jewish congregation dedicated to providing a sense of community for its members as well as opportunities for spiritual growth and developing a strong Jewish identity.” It is led by Rabbi Melanie Aron and Cantor Devorah Felder-Levy.
Wishing you all a meaningful Yom Kippur service and worship.
Shana Tova to the Aitz Chaim congregation from Rabbi Jeffrey Wildstein. http://www.rabbijw.com
Rabbi Jeffrey Wildstein is currently the Rabbi at Temple Beth David, in Westwood, Massachusetts, having previously served as an Associate Rabbi for Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, Indianapolis, Indiana, and Temple Israel, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has taught many adult learning courses on basic Judaism, Shabbat Torah study, God and theology, and the Talmud. In addition to having taught courses for beginning learners, he has frequently presented to and hosted diverse church communities, counseled interfaith families, and led an interfaith clergy association. His education includes a certificate in non-profit management for Rabbis, June 2014, from the Hebrew College/Boston University Institute for Non-Profit Management and Leadership; a Rabbinic Smicha and master in Hebrew Letters, May 2001, from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion; a juris doctor, May 1993, from Cornell Law School; and a bachelor of art in history, cum laude, May 1990 from Yale University.
Software giant Google has put the Dead Sea Scrolls online as hi-res images. Users can now examine the scrolls – along with English translations of each line – from their own computers. The scrolls may be accessed at the website from the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
- Dead Sea Scrolls Go Online (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- Google digitizes the Dead Sea Scrolls and puts them online (slashgear.com)
- Hi-res digital Dead Sea Scrolls from Israel Museum and Google (teleread.com)
- Dead Sea Scrolls Go Online (huffingtonpost.com)
- 2,000-Year-Old Dead Sea Scrolls Go Online (abcnews.go.com)
- From the desert to the web: bringing the Dead Sea Scrolls online (googleblog.blogspot.com)