Streaming Shabbat Services

I remember, growing up, listening to the weekly radio broadcast of early Friday evening Shabbat services live from New York’s Temple Emanu-El. This was, of course, in the days before the Internet.

But now that we are living in an Internet society, services can be accessed online. Or, at least services held at Temple Beth Or in Morristown, N.J., can be accessed online.

According to the New Jersey Jewish News:

“Since May, the synagogue has been streaming its Shabbat services on Friday evenings and some Saturday mornings on a live webcast available to anyone with Internet access.

That puts B’nai Or in the vanguard of high-tech shuls. A search using — what else — the Internet revealed only two other synagogues with such an offering: Temple Emanu-El in Birmingham, Ala., and Shaarey Zedek Synagogue in Winnepeg, Canada.”

It’s a really interesting development, and, according to the article, one that is not limited to Jewish congregations.

2 thoughts on “Streaming Shabbat Services

  1. ed gelpern says:

    I have been searching a bit more and found several temples including some that broadcast Shabbat services on a regular basis. This is an update since your article of 2009.

    Central Synagogue in New York City
    Temple Israel in Memphis Tennessee
    Temple Emanu-El in Birmingham Alabama
    Temple Sinai in Atlanta Georgia
    Temple B’Nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim of Deerfield, Illinois
    Congregation Ner Tamid of Henderson, Nevada
    Stephen Wise Synagogue in New York City
    Temple Beth El of Hollywood Florida
    Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church Virginia
    Temple Adat Shalom in Poway [san diego] California

    The above temples are all Reform ,non are messianic.

    Temple Shirat Hayam of Swampscott, Massachusetts

    The above temple is the only one i found that is a conservative synagogue.

    There are several others that i have on my computer list but however for whatever reason they have not been broadcasting on a regular basis, and one is the temple you mentioned in your article Temple B.Nai Or. Perhaps they stopped due to lack of funding as this video streaming is provided by donations from the temples members. Also some just do audio broadcasts, like Temple Emanuel El in New York City.

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Thanks for all of this info, Ed. Much appreciated.

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