High Holy Day Services Online!

ClickImage: A video screen. A man touches the red arrow to start the video. (panuwat phimpa/shutterstock)

A number of synagogues now stream their services live online.  Schedules and links are listed below for eight different congregations.

Some caveats:

  1. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list. If you know of a congregation offering services, you can add that information with links and schedule in the comments.
  2. While I’ve done my best to verify all the information here, I don’t have all the information I’d like. Please forgive me if something doesn’t work out.
  3. I got the information from the synagogue websites. If you are confused about anything, the first place to look is at the synagogue website.
  4. I can’t help with tech questions.
  5. I recommend attending in person if at all possible. That said, not everyone can get to services or sit through them. I offer this list as a substitute for anyone who needs it.
  6. I understand some of the links did not work last night.  For more listings, take a look at the article in MyJewishLearning.com.

Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, Chester, CT (Eastern Time Zone)

Streaming at: https://www.youtube.com/cha…/UCSqzEsniCplf6GucRcFADVA/live

9/20 Erev RH 7:30pm
9/21 RH Morning 9:30am

9/29 Kol Nidre 7:30pm
9/30 Yom Kippur Morning 9:30am
9/30 Yom Kippur Afternoon/Yizkor/Neilah 3:30pm

Congregation Beth El, Sudbury, MA (Eastern Time Zone)

http://www.bethelsudbury.org/wor…/services-live-streaming/

9/20 Erev Rosh HaShanah 8:30 pm
9/21 Rosh HaShanah – early 8:30 am
9/21 Rosh HaShanah – late 11:30 am
9/22 Rosh HaShanah (2nd day) 10:00 am

9/29 Kol Nidre – early 6:30 pm
9/29 Kol Nidre – late 8:30 pm
9/30 Yom Kippur – early 8:30 am
Yom Kippur – late 11:30 am
Minchah – afternoon service 3:30 pm
Yizkor – remembrance 5:15 pm
Neilah – closing service 5:45 pm
Shofar 6:40 pm

Congregation Beth Emeth, Wilmington DE (Eastern Time Zone)

Services stream at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDGcjXfeW866IGiUCWEbkuw?fref=gc&dti=204851746220712

Erev Rosh Hashanah 9/20 8pm
Rosh Hashanah 9:30am Traditional Service
1:30pm Contemporary Service

Kol Nidre 9/29 7pm and 9:15pm
Yom Kippur 9/30 9:30am Traditional Service
1:30pm Contemporary Service
3:30pm Afternoon/Yizkor/Neilah Service
Temple Shaarey Zedek, East Lansing, MI (Eastern Time Zone)
Schedule and Steaming link at http://www.shaareyzedek.com/
Both Reform and Conservative services.

 

Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, Baltimore, MD (Eastern Time Zone)

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/baltimore-hebrew-congregation

Rosh Hashanah Sept 20, 8pm
Sept 21, 10am

Yom Kippur, Sept 29, 7:30pm
Sept 30 10am
Music and Meditation 12:30pm
Afternoon Service 2:45pm
Yizkor, 4:30 pm
Neilah, 5:30pm

Congregation Emanu-El, Houston, TX (Central Time Zone)

Streaming video: https://emanuelhouston.org/streamingvideo
Erev Rosh Hashanah Sept 20 6pm
Rosh Hashanah Sept 21 10:30am
Shabbat Shuvah Friday Sept 22, 6pm
Kol Nidre Sept 29 7:15pm
Yom Kippur Sept 30 11am
YK Afternoon 1:30pm
Healing Service 3pm
Yizkor/Neilah 4:30pm

Temple Beth El, San Antonio, TX (Central Time Zone)

https://venue.streamspot.com/49d0d7ff68

Rosh Hashanah
Wednesday, September 20
6:30 p.m.–Erev Rosh Hashanah Service (early service)
8:45 p.m.–Erev Rosh Hashanah Service (late service)
Thursday, September 21
9:00 a.m.–Children’s Service (Wulfe Sanctuary)
10:30 a.m.–Rosh Hashanah Morning Service (Wulfe Sanctuary)
10:30 a.m.–Rosh Hashanah Morning Service (Barshop Auditorium)
12:30 p.m.–Tashlich Service with Apples and Honey at San Pedro Springs Park

Yom Kippur
Friday, September 29
6:30 p.m.–Kol Nidre Service (early service)
8:45 p.m.–Kol Nidre Service (late service)
Saturday, September 30
9:00 a.m.–Children’s Service (Wulfe Sanctuary)
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.–Meditation and self-study with music for adults
10:30 a.m.–Yom Kippur Morning Service (Wulfe Sanctuary)
10:30 a.m.–Yom Kippur Morning Service (Barshop Auditorium)
1:00 p.m.–Yom Kippur Symposium
2:30 p.m.–Yom Kippur Afternoon Service
4:30 p.m.–Yizkor-Memorial Service
4:30 p.m.–Program for school-aged children
5:30 p.m.–Neilah-Concluding Service

Mountain Time Zone

Currently none listed – if you know of streaming services in the MT, please add that information with links and schedule in the Comments.

 

Congregation Shir Hadash, Los Gatos, CA (Pacific Time Zone)

Streaming at: https://www.shirhadash.org/content/high-holiday-streaming

9/20 8pm Erev Rosh Hashanah
9/21 10am RH Morning Service
3:30pm Family Service

Erev Shabbat Shuvah 9/22 7:30pm
Shabbat Shuvah 9/23 10:30am

Kol Nidre 9/29 8pm
Yom Kippur 9/30
10am Morning Service
3pm Afternoon Service
4:45pm Yizkor
5:45pm Concluding Service
6:52pm Havdalah

Temple Sinai, Oakland, CA (Pacific Time Zone)

Services streamed on the Facebook page. Click “Videos” on the left of the screen.

SinaiSchedule

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What if I Can’t Get to Synagogue?

Isolated House by Hugh Venables
“Isolated House” by Hugh Venables

Location and/or illness make it difficult for some Jews to get to synagogue. How in that situation are we to access Jewish community?

First, the offline solution: If you live in a city that has synagogues, but you just can’t access them, call the synagogue. Express your interest in being a part of their community. Ask to talk to the rabbi, and explain your situation. I can’t promise you that every synagogue will have outreach to shut-ins, but I can promise you that rabbis care about the Jews in their neighborhood. Understand that options may be limited for non-members. However, it is always worth contacting them.

Years ago, before I became a rabbi, my rabbi called me and asked if I would be willing to visit a widow in the congregation who had agoraphobia. Her husband had been her major tie to the world, and now that he was gone, my rabbi was worried about her. I began visiting Anne (not her real name) once a week and doing her grocery shopping. We developed a friendship. Later, when my schedule changed and I could not be as reliable for shopping, I went back to the rabbi and told him. He found someone else to visit, but Anne and I stayed in touch. (Note that this required a large enough community and a willing pool of volunteers; not every synagogue will be able to deliver on something like this.)

Second, the Internet raises many more opportunities for Jewish connections. Here are some resources to check out if you don’t live near a synagogue, or if you are confined to home by illness or disability:

OurJewishCommunity.org provides the most comprehensive online access to progressive services, rabbis, and Jewish community. Rabbi Laura Baum and Rabbi Robert Barr serve both OurJewishCommunity.org and the brick-and-mortar Congregation Beth Adam in Loveland, OH, near Cincinnati.

ReformJudaism.org maintains a list of congregations that live-stream Shabbat services, with information about access. Services are currently available in four US time zones (Eastern, Central, Mountain, and Pacific) and at least one congregation archives services on YouTube.

JewishWebcasting.com offers a wide variety of Jewish experiences online, with links to news, podcasts, and opportunities for prayer.

Lehrhaus Judaica based in Berkeley, CA offers some of its classes online. Click this link to see the current list of courses on the Hebrew Language, Introduction to Judaism, Jewish texts, and other topics. (Full disclosure: I teach one of their online courses and am on the board of LJ.)

I hope that whatever your situation, and whether it is a short-term challenge or a long-term situation, you can find a way to connect Jewishly. Certainly I appreciate your readership and look forward to conversation in the comments on this blog!