Shuls, Zooms and nightclubs: Where to do High Holiday services in New York City in 2021

Sim Shalom High Holiday services were highlighted in the Jewish Week. ” Or skip the synagogues entirely.  One exciting aspect of Jewish life in New York City is that there are pop-up efforts to offer new experiences all the time. That’s true even during a pandemic. We’ve rounded up a few of the non-synagogue options for High Holiday worship here. A jazz service in a nightclub: Rabbi Steven Blane worked in synagogues for years, but over time he became disillusioned with traditional structures of American Jewish Continue reading →

We’re Back! Sim Shalom Online Synagogue will be back live for the High Holidays

Rabbi Steven Blane will once again lead his Jazz Quartet for High Holiday Services at the iconic Bitter End in the West Village on Rosh Hashanah Tuesday, Sept. 7th, and Yom Kippur Thursday Sept. 16th at 10:30am. Here is a link to High Holidays at The Bitter End in 2019. Also for the first time, join the Rabbi Blane Trio for “Dinner & Kol Nidre” at Silvanna in Harlem on Wednesday, Sept. 15th at 4:30 PM. Only 30 seats are available! Last year because of Continue reading →

Jewish Spiritual Leaders’ Institute 20th Class Ordained This Past Week

This past weekend the Jewish Spiritual Leader’s Institute (JSLI) ordained its 20th class. Celebrating 10 years (+ 1 for Covid) Rabbi Steve Blane is honored to continue training relevant clergy. On June 19th a cohort of five Rabbis joined the 165+ clergy – Rabbis and Cantors – ordained by the Jewish Spiritual Leaders Institute (JSLI). Alumni of this class hail from California, Texas, Illinois and the Netherlands! Rabbis Monte Sugarman of Saratoga Springs, NY and Billy Love of Philadelphia joined Rabbi Steve on the virtual Continue reading →

Sim Shalom, the pioneer of online worship, expands its offerings during COVID

“Our liturgy is fully participatory- you see everything on your computer screen! And our siddurim (prayerbooks) and prayers are transliterated into English so everyone can join in joyous song and prayer. We have no dues or building fund.” Sim Shalom, the unique pioneering synagogue, has expanded its offerings during COVID. Designed for services to be broadcast directly to its congregants Sim Shalom Online Synagogue services are now being shared on Zoom so that congregants can see one another and chat. Adding to this visionary programming, Continue reading →

Sim Shalom Online Synagogue Celebrates Hanukkah with Jelly Donuts and Cantorial Concert,

On Friday, December 11, Sim Shalom the virtual Synagogue celebrates the second night of Hanukkah with five guest cantors. Rabbi Steve Blane and Sim Shalom have offered services online since 2009. To celebrate Hanukkah and the Festival of Lights this year he is joined by five (5) Cantors and one (1) Rabbi from across the country. All were ordained by Rabbi Blane and the Jewish Spiritual Leaders’ Institute (JSLI). Although a relatively minor holiday in strictly religious terms, Hanukkah has attained major cultural significance in Continue reading →

Sim Shalom Online Synagogue goes Live from Riverside Drive with online services for the High Holidays

Given the current pandemic, Sim Shalom Online Synagogue, already versed in virtual services, is moving it’s High Holiday services online as well. Rabbi Steve Blane, joined by Special Guests and a trio (socially distanced) will provide joyful Jazz inspired musical services once again. Sim Shalom’s High Holiday season of services begins Friday night, September 11 with a Selichot service. Participants will join Blane online- ask questions, sing along and say many of the prayers with the added benefit of viewing from the comfort of home Continue reading →

Special Guests Join Sim Shalom for the High Holidays

Join us for our special High Holidays – all online – with a socially distanced Jazz trio and special guests Rabbis and Cantors.  Read more about our special guests below: *Selichot- Friday Sept. 11   7pm (streamed free on  with Guest Cantors DENISE HEITMANN & JOANNA LIND * Erev Rosh Hashana- Friday Sept. 18   7pm (attend only with link) with Guest Cantor NINA FINE   (High Holiday Message from Rabbi MIRIAM VAN RAALTE) * Rosh H Morning- Sat. Sept. 19   10:30am with Continue reading →

Rabbi Steve Blane and Sim Shalom the Online Synagogue Ahead of Its Time

NEW YORK (PRWEB) MAY 28, 2020 Sim Shalom, the Online Synagogue, has been broadcasting – streaming – services for 10 years. Rabbi Steve Blane is a visionary who has always been ahead of his time. Rabbi Steve Blane, singer/songwriter, Cantor and visionary began streaming Shabbat services 10 years ago. The services Blane offers are short, traditional in liturgy yet liberal in approach. Sim Shalom, unlike other shuls that offer online services, was developed to be broadcast directly to its participants where they are able to Continue reading →

Pop Up Synagogue NYC newest offering of Sim Shalom Online Synagogue

Pop in to Sim Shalom’s new Pop Up Synagogue this upcoming Friday night, December 6th. Noting the plethora of empty storefronts in the city that have inspired an emergence of pop up retail shops, Rabbi Steve Blane, visioned a Pop Up Synagogue. “People are in need of a place to worship that is simple, free and easy to access. We want to create community around New York and offer services that are joyful and meaningful.” Pop-Up Synagogue of NYC is the vision of Rabbi Steven Continue reading →

Holiday Sing-a-Long in Central Park

Pop on over to Sim Shalom Live and join Rabbi Steve Blane and guest Pastor Robert Brashear for a Holiday singalong at Bethesda Terrace in Central Park on Sunday, December 22nd. Since Hanukah and Christmas coincide this year it only makes sense to enjoy an interfaith celebration to welcome the season of lights. The event is December 22nd from 2:00 – 3:00pm and is free but please visit here to register and for more information. Hanukah is celebrated for eight days and is called the Continue reading →