Whether writing a d’var on a Torah portion, looking for guidance on Jewish ceremonies, studying Hebrew, or seeking a community in which they will receive a warm welcome, Jews and those who wish to learn about Judaism turn first to the Internet, where all the world’s resources are available with a few keystrokes.
A number of factors may keep individuals from attending on-site Shabbat services – temporary or long-term illness, disability, location. Enter streaming video, which allows home-bound Jews to tune into services even when they can’t make it to a synagogue to do so in person. For members of the military, people with disabilities, and Jews in remote areas, streaming services can provide instant access to a Jewish community they cannot otherwise reach.
If you’re seeking an online Jewish community, whether for one night or on an ongoing basis, check out the following congregations, who offer streaming services online on an individual basis. Does your congregation offer streaming services? Let us know in the comments so we can add you to the list!
- Central Synagogue (New York City, N.Y.)
Central Synagogue streams most of their services live. Check their schedule for the next service.
- Temple Beth Sholom (Santa Ana, CA)
Streams Friday night services at 7:30 PM PST, Saturday morning services at 10:30 AM PST, and High Holy Day services.
- Temple Emanu-El (Birmingham, AL)
Everything that takes place in Temple Emanu-El’s sanctuary – Shabbat services, funerals, weddings, lectures, and concerts – is streamed live on their website.
- Temple Emanu-El (New York City, N.Y.)
- Temple Israel of Greater Miami (Miami, FL)
Every Friday night from 7-8:30 PM EST/EDT, Temple Israel of Greater Miami streams their services live. Archived services can be found here.
- Temple Israel (Memphis, TN)
Friday evenings at 6:15 PM CST/CDT, Temple Israel streams their services live. Select High Holy Day services are streamed as well.