Jewish High Holidays Jazzified!
NEW YORK, Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ --
Germany, Australia, South Korea, Kuwait, England, Canada, Portugal and Mexico what do all of these have in common? People from each of these countries logged in to join Sim Shalom's High Holiday Services this past September.
The new trend is in. It's not a fashion statement or a new yoga pose; it's Judaism with a twist. Sim Shalom is an online Jewish Universalist synagogue. What the heck does that mean? It means everyone is welcome and no one is judged—Sim Shalom reaches out to those people that don't feel a connection to traditional congregations (interfaith couples and the unaffiliated). Sim Shalom combines modernization with just the right amount of tradition- and they broadcast their online Shabbat services all around the world.
Jazz music and Jewish High Holiday services together? Who's ever heard of that? Well now you have, because this year Rabbi Blane, the founder and Rabbi of the online synagogue, along with the help of three Israeli musicians performed a concert style service with traditional prayers with a bass player, drummer and pianist accompanying each song. The concert was performed in a well-known Jazz club in the West Village of Manhattan. People that were not in NYC were able to watch live through an online broadcast.
After years of his ideas being labeled as "untraditional" and "too visionary," Rabbi Blane finally found a place he could be himself. Combining his passions- his love for music and singing and nurturing a congregation of individuals that are accepting and open-minded to new experiences. He now offers Shabbat online for anyone who is interested.
In a time where religion seems to be becoming obsolete, Rabbi Blane has found a way to keep people interested. Every seat in the space was completely sold out and some excited individuals stood so as not to miss out. A few hundred people joined virtually so while space may have been limited at Small's, the very essence of spirituality was not.
"Even on Yom Kippur, people were happy," said Rabbi Blane with a smile on his face.
Rabbi Steven Blane is available for comment, and can be reached on (201) 338-0165
SOURCE Sim Shalom
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