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 the Jewish community reflect upon life and the year that has passed. They pray that the year ahead will bring blessings and peace. Jazz is thoughtful music, improvisation within a Continue reading →

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 the Bet Din as part of the joyous occasion. The Hebrew meaning of semicha (certificate of ordination) is literally a “leaning of the hands.” Within the context of rabbinical ordination, Continue reading →

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 interactive online Jewish Universalist synagogue that is liberal in thought and traditional in liturgy. According to Sim Shalom founder Rabbi Steven Blane, Daniela’s and Heidi’s passion and spiritual connection to Continue reading →

High Holiday 2014 Testimonials

  Dear Rabbi Blane- Our family missed your service tonight because both my husband and I are sick with a bad cough.  We are however, at home watching your service online with the kids and it was unlike anything we’ve seen before.  Really terrific 🙂 We will see you in person on Kol Nidre. You (and your band) were absolutely awesome! Happy New Year, The Knie Family   Rabbi, As we Jews began our new year I would just like to express my thanks and Continue reading →

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!

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 church reaches 4,000 online worshippers weekly, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints recently streamed 14 hours of its general conference to 29,000 churches worldwide.   Live-streaming of Continue reading →
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