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Sim Shalom Maariv Healing Services Uninterrupted All Summer Like Life and Loss

Sim Shalom, the online synagogue, will offer the world-wide community the ability to participate in honoring a yahrzeit, pray for healing, or mourn the loss of a loved one with the collective energy of a global minyan by continuing its interactive and virtual Ma’ariv Service Monday through Thursday at 7:00 pm EST. For those mourning […]

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Nashville Rabbi Brings Country Warmth to Global Online Sim Shalom Ma’ariv Summer Services

UJUC Rabbi, Nancy Tunick, will affirm her spiritual voice to bring the world-wide community a little closer in joyous song, prayers for healing, in honoring a Yahrzeit or mourn the loss of a loved one, on Wednesday evenings at 7:00pm EST. Just a click away join her and other Sim Shalom Rabbis for summer Ma’ariv […]

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A Rabbi of Color Builds Bridges with Global Summer Ma’ariv Service

As a scientist, educator, and one of seven children raised in a close African American Jewish family in upstate New York, Rabbi Deborah fulfills her childhood dream to become a spiritual leader, and shepherds summer Ma’ariv Monday services for Sim Shalom the online synagogue, to refresh spirituality each week. Rabbi Deborah is one of six […]

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An Opera-Singer Rabbi to Conduct Operettas of a Different Type All summer with Sim Shalom’s Global Ma’ariv Service

Sim Shalom, the online synagogue, continues to create innovative programming this summer with Ma’ariv services week nights at 7:00pm EST. International performer Rabbi Judy Caplan Ginsburgh is one of six Sim Shalom Rabbis who will offer congregants a space to connect with Ma ‘ariv week night services Monday thru Thursday at 7:00pm EST throughout the […]

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A Rabbi-Cantor to Offer Song All Summer with Sim Shalom’s Global Ma’ariv Service

Sim Shalom, the online synagogue, will keep its virtual windows open for all to sing with summer weeknight Ma’ariv services. Rabbi Galit to orchestrate Thursdays at 7:00pm EST. Rabbi-Cantor Galit Levy -Slater is one of six Sim Shalom Rabbis that will offer Ma ‘ariv weeknight services Monday thru Thursday at 7:00pm EST throughout the summer. […]

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Sim Shalom e-Synagogue Offers Passover Seder Fit For Wandering Jews

(PRWEB) MARCH 28, 2017 On Tuesday April 11, Sim Shalom will host a second night Seder much the way Moses journeyed, on the go and portable, albeit with wi-fi. The second night Seder will include festive freedom songs including Dayenu and readings from the Haggadah, to retell the story of liberation. But this Seder plate, […]

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A New Jewish Movement Emerges – Announcing the Union of Jewish Universalist Communities (UJUC)

In response to the evolving needs of Jews, a new paradigm for worship comes forth. The Union of Jewish Universalist Communities (UJUC) is a new Jewish movement- one that embraces the diversity of the Jewish world without judgment, conditions or requirements and asserts that all paths to the divine are equally holy. The Union of […]

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Sim Shalom and JU-tv Plant Seeds of Wisdom of Environmental Sustainability on TuBishvat,

The week beginning February 6, Sim Shalom Online Synagogue and JU-tV will offer Tu BiShvat celebrations planting the seeds of Tikkun Olam to repair the world and preserve the planet. The offerings will intertwine spiritual and environmental rebirth and sustainability. Celebrations, which will be offered all week with live streams on Facebook, will culminate on […]

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Steven Blane, Rabbi Cantor Singer-Songwriter, Goes to Confession on New Album

On December 11th, Sim Shalom Rabbi Steven Blane, will release his Nashville recorded album “I Confess.” The original lyrics reflect Blane’s musings on relationships, love and fantasy. Blane explores the struggle between faith and doubt. The music lands solidly in the Americana/Folk/Rock genres, with songwriting and production kudos to such artists as Bob Dylan, Roy […]

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Sim Shalom to Provide Sustenance on Day of Fasting with Yom Kippur Jazz Service from the Bitter End

On Wednesday October 12th the Day of Atonement, Sim Shalom founder Rabbi Cantor Steven Blane who is also a recording singer-songwriter will lead a jazz quartet and individuals hungry for creative religious fulfillment. The improvisational sounds of rhythmic jazz and traditional Jewish liturgy will allow affiliated and unaffiliated Jews a creative vehicle to cleanse the […]

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Sim Shalom and UJUC Rabbis to Offer Services of Awe for High Holidays

On October 3,Sim Shalom Online Synagogue founder Rabbi Blane, will offer a Rosh Hashanah Jazz service to an adventurous group of congregants looking for an innovative place to celebrate the Jewish New Year. “The beginning of the Jewish Calendar, is a fitting time to make beautiful noise,” according to Rabbi Blane. “The Torah prescribes us […]

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Fountain of Youth Springs with Sim Shalom Rabbi’s Jazz Concert at the Jewish Home at Rockleigh

On Friday, September 16, 2016 Rabbi Steve Blane, Founder of Sim Shalom online synagogue, and Dean of JSLI, Jewish Spiritual Leader’s Institute, brought his love of jazz and Judaism together at the Rockleigh, NJ Jewish Home. Joined by New York bass player Kevin Hailey they performed Rabbi Blane’s original songs as well as Jazz Standards […]

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JSLI Ordains the Future of the Rabbinate with 11th Class of Global Rabbis

On the weekend of July 9th, 2016 the online Jewish Spiritual Leaders’ Institute Rabbinical School of Sim Shalom, celebrated the ordination of 12 new Rabbis, a total of 112 strong, in Delray Beach, Florida. The school and the jubilant ordination redefines the process of Rabbinical studies to fulfill the growing need of cutting edge solutions […]

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Article mentioning Rabbi Blane’s 2016 Seder at Knickerbocker Bar and Grill in NYC

Here is a lovely article from Randee Mia Berman about her Passover journey. She includes a segment on the Seder she attended which I led at Knickerbocker Bar and Grill here in NYC 🙂 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/randee-mia-berman/passover-the-odyssey-and-_b_9782240.html

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Jewish Chronicle- Jewish Denominations- On the Decline or Rise? Great Op-Ed by Rabbi Reichmann

In light of today’s arguments regarding the ordination of women in the Orthodox movement, of Israeli rabbis not recognizing American Jewish decision-making, of changing policies and perspectives regarding the LGBT community, of these and many more, is Jewish denominationalism a destructive force? Is it a unifying force? Something else? Clearly, the modern world does not want […]

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Mazal Tov JSLI Class 10- We are now 100 Rabbis and 2 Cantors Strong!

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Thank You- Jewish Independent- for this Great Article on our 2015 Jazz High Holidays

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Read This Amazing Article re: 2015 High Holiday Services in NYC’s The Spirit

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Check out a terrific article about our Jazz High Holiday Services 2015!

Thank you, Randee Mia Berman at the Huffington Post for this great article. Click Here. Let’s look forward to being together again next year! ‪#‎simshalom‬ ‪#‎highholidays5776‬

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Sim Shalom Finds The Beef In Religious Responsibility And Joins Meatless Monday Campaign

Sim Shalom, the online synagogue, already considered the greenest of synagogues with no commuting required, joined the international Meatless Monday campaign, its latest calling to protect G-d ‘s creation. Tikkun Olam, to repair the world, is at the core of Sim Shalom’s tenets and its Meatless Monday commitment. The goal is to cultivate an understanding […]

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Singers Land Lifetime Role as Ordained Cantors with Jewish Spiritual Leaders Institute (JSLI ) Ordination

On January 16, Jewish Spiritual Leaders” Institute (JSLI ), the online Rabbinical and Cantorial School, celebrated religious and musical fulfillment with two newly ordained Cantors at an Ordination weekend celebration of firsts in Delray Beach, Florida. The two freshly ordained Cantors, Joanna P. Lind of Chicago, and Nina Fine of Florida, bring a breadth of […]

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A Bible Belt Congregant Finds His Way Home to Judaism With Sim Shalom Conversion

On December sixth,2016 the journey of Robert Hadley’s conversion to Judaism took on profound significance as he recited the Hebrew blessing and lit his first menorah candle wearing a yarmulke and a tallit which draped over his Seth Rogen look alike Chanukah sweater. Hadley, a Sim Shalomonline synagogue congregant, converted to Jewish Universalism and has […]

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Live Jazz High Holiday CD Released From Sim Shalom

Sim Shalom’s new CD, fuses the raw emotion of jazz and the traditional liturgy of ancient Jewish High Holiday prayer and music. Sim Shalom, the world’s first purely virtual synagogue, brings its inventive programming to the High Holidays each year with jazzed up Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services. During the High Holidays, members of […]

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Jewish Spiritual Leader’s Institute ordains 9th Class of Rabbis

The Jewish Spiritual Leader’s Institute (JSLI),the Online Rabbinical School of Sim Shalom, held its ordination ceremony on Saturday evening in Delray Beach, Florida. Ten new rabbis will now begin their respective missions and service as teachers and spiritual leaders- some advancing the tenets of Jewish Universalism. Each of the ten candidates were granted semicha by […]

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Sim Shalom Announces Daniela Taitel and Heidi Raker Have Joined Its Board of Directors

Sim Shalom announces that Daniela Taitel have joined its Board of Directors. Daniela Taitel, Deputy Director of Facilities and General Administration at a NYC cultural institution and Heidi Raker, founder of Raker Goldstein, a public relations agency, bring a wealth of development, communication and programming prowess to Sim Shalom’s growing organization. Sim Shalom is an […]

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Sim Shalom’s 9th Ordination Class Shabbat Service Fri. July 10th at 7PM

Join us for a live stream of Sim Shalom’s Erev Shabbat Service featuring JSLI’s newest class of soon-to-be ordained Rabbis.

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Sell Your Hametz at Sim Shalom

Click Below to Sell Your Hametz in the new Jewish Universalist Tradition: Loading…

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Ordination Shabbat Service Tonight 7-11 @ 7 Streamed Live from Delray Beach, Florida

Join us as we welcome 8 new Rabbinical candidates and celebrate with a VERY musical Shabbat!

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Mazal Tov Rabbi Barry Altmark- Accepted into Chaplaincy Program

JSLI Ordained Rabbi Barry Altmark has been accepted into a program that will certified him as a Chaplain with the Baptist Health System in Alabama. According to Rabbi Altmark, JSLI’s accreditation is deemed as acceptable as HUC, JTS and Aleph. Mazal Tov to our colleague!

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Recent Article About Sim Shalom!

Synagogues beginning to look at engaging members by live-streaming services Where’s the story?   STEVE LUBETKIN   Christian mega-churches have recognized for years that they can reach many of their faithful through cyberspace. “Church Production” magazine noted in December that millions watched an Internet broadcast of Pope Benedict’s final day as pope, while a Florida […]

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Hanukah Jazz Concert Candle-Lighting Celebration on Weds. Dec. 4th

Join us for a “Hanukah Jazz Concert Candle-Lighting Celebration” on the last night of Hanukah!   “Sim Shalomers” in New York City and around the world are invited to join in the festivities online and also IN PERSON at Stand Up New York, the comedy club where they held recent High Holiday Services.   “It […]

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HIGH HOLIDAYS 2013- SOLD OUT!

High Holliday 2013 Sold Out

And the Reviews are in: “Sure was delightful, as usual. Its just wonderful and a congregation of smiles should make you feel job well done.” – Charlotte “Rabbi Steve, I thank you. You inspire me – you console me – you wake me up each tomorrow as a Jew.

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High Holiday 2013 Rehearsal Video

High Holliday Rehearsal Video 2013

This is what you can expect to hear at Services this year at Stand Up New York in NYC!  

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JSLI’s Newest Rabbis

JSLI Class Five

Mazal Tov to JSLI’s Fifth Class of Ordained Rabbis! July 13, 2013

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JSLI – The Jewish Spiritual Leaders’ Institute to Host Rabbinical Ordination on July 13th 2013

JSLI Hosts Rabbinical Ordination

12 Students Will Receive Their Certificate of Ordination at This Event JSLI class # 3 at their ordination ceremony in NYC! “Traditional denominations of Judaism exclude more than 50 percent of Jews who are unaffiliated or in interfaith marriages.”   New York, NY (PRWEB) June 10, 2013 – The Jewish Spiritual Leaders Institute (JSLI), led […]

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Sim Shalom, The Online Synagogue Announces Jazz High Holiday Services in NYC!

Online Synagogue Announces Services

Rabbi Steven Blane, Founder and Rabbi of Sim Shalom will be accompanied by a jazz quartet during concert-style High Holiday Services. New York, NY (PRWEB) May 30, 2013 Rabbi Blane blowing the shofar on Rosh Hashana 2012 “Rabbi Steve, My only regret was not being in NY for Yom Kippur. The service was not only […]

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Sim Shalom Now Offers an Online Minyan

Traditional Jewish Worship

Sim Shalom, the Online Jewish Universalist Synagogue now offers an online Minyan for the Jewish and Interfaith world. New York, NY (PRWEB) June 26, 2013 – For those mourning a loss or who know someone ill,Ma’ariv services offer a chance to pray for healing. Upon discovering that no other synagogue offers weeknight online worship services […]

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Live From Paris

Eiffel Tour

Join Rabbi Blane on Friday May 17th at 6PM New York Time.   He will be in Paris, France and subject to finding a good internet connection (G-d willing), will lead a sweet Parisian Kabbalat Shabbat!

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Recent Article in IFR News

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Sim Shalom’s Weeknight Services Update

Last month more than 700 people joined us for Weeknight Services!!!   Kol Hakavod to my daughter Megan for organizing and leading some of the services and to all the JSLI Rabbis who have kindly contributed their tome to this worth endeavor!!!

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Passover 2013

Sim Shalom’s Form To Assume Personal Responsibility for Respecting Passover   It is a Rabbinic tradition for a Jewish home to “sell” its Hametz to their rabbi who then acts as an “agent” and sells the Hametz to a non-Jew. While Jews have for centuries relied upon Gentiles to “buy” Hametz, and to act in […]

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