High Holy Days Online

(Above photo from Sim Shalom Online Synagogue)

L’shanah tovah! With the Jewish High Holy Days starting tonight, The Savvy Screener presents a viewing guide to free online observances.

So that you can better choose which New York City “shul” to join online, we’ve grouped them from most traditional to least traditional: Central Synagogue, the 92nd St. Y, and The Bitter End.

Central Synagogue

The Jewish Broadcasting Service will stream live Rosh Hashanah services tonight from 6-8 pm ET; tomorrow and Tuesday from 9:30 am -12:30 pm; and tomorrow from 3:15-4:30 pm and 6-7 pm.

You can pray along at jbstv.org/watch-live or on Roku.

In addition, all Central Synagogue High Holiday services will stream live on the temple’s own web site and on Facebook.

Here’s Angela Buchdahl, then the synagogue’s cantor and now its rabbi, from Rosh Hashanah 2013:

92nd St. Y

Jewish Life Television will stream live Rosh Hashanah services tonight from 6:30-8:30 pm, and tomorrow and Tuesday from 10 am- noon.

Stream the channel at jltv.tv/watchjltv.php.

In the past, 92nd Street Y services have featured musical fare like this:

The Bitter End

Yes, the legendary Greenwich Village club will host jazz-inspired services from the Sim Shalom Online Synagogue, a Jewish Universalist congregation.  Rosh Hashana services will stream live tomorrow at 10:30 am and Tuesday at 10 am, and Sim Shalom has also announced its Yom Kippur schedule: Tuesday, September 18, at 7 pm, and Wednesday, September 19, at 10:30 am and 4:30 pm.

Access all of it at simshalom.com/online-synagogue-services or on Facebook.

Here’s a service from last year (tip: fast-forward to around the 20-minute mark for the music and prayers to begin):

Rosh Hashana

Posted by Sim Shalom Online Synagogue on Thursday, September 21, 2017


(Note: This is a revised version of an article that ‘The Savvy Screener’ has run annually since 2016)

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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