The Jewish High Holy Days begin on Sept 15. If you are not able to go to synagogue for services for Rosh Hashonah or Yom Kippur, there are dozens of congregations around the country live streaming services for FREE.
Because strict holiday observance precludes using electricity and computers on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, not many Orthodox synagogues are included here.
Livestreams are either on a synagogue’s website, Facebook page, YouTube channel or via Zoom.
Note that even within a time zone, start times vary, so be sure to check the websites.
Thanks to the website My Jewish Learning for this list, adapted here.
East Coast (Eastern Daylight Time)
Founded in 1845, Emanu-El was New York City’s first Reform congregation, and is the largest, with a concert-size choir. Led by Rabbi Joshua Davidson.
Adas Israel, located in Washington, D.C., was founded in 1869. It is “socially-conscious, and aspires to celebrate Conservative Judaism at its creative best.” Led by Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt and Rabbi Aaron Alexander. All High Holiday services will be streamed on their webpage.
B’nai Jeshurun is a nearly 200-year-old unaffiliated synagogue in New York City. They bring together a multi-generational community in prayer, music, learning, joyful celebration, and activism. They will be streaming all High Holiday services.
This 2,600-member congregation is one of the largest synagogues in North America. The New York City synagogue streams its High Holidays services free on its website and on its Facebook page.
Lab/Shul is “an artist-driven, everybody-friendly, God-optional, pop-up experimental community for sacred Jewish gatherings, based in New York City. Led by Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie. High Holiday services will be streamed on their YouTube channel.
This 1,650-family Manhattan congregation’s vision includes practicing “a Judaism filled with love, literacy, reverence, compassion, and joy” and striving “to make our ancient tradition compelling and welcoming to contemporary Jewry and to serve as a light unto our fellow Jews and the nations.” Led by Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove. Also with concert-quality music.
Traditional, participatory, and egalitarian, T&V has members from throughout the New York City area. Led by Rabbi Larry Sebert. You may need to email the synagogue to receive the Zoom info.
This century-old Reform synagogue on the Upper West Side of Manhattan is led by Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch.
Temple Beth El of Boca Raton was founded in 1967. They will live stream High Holiday services on their website.
The Jewish Broadcasting Service will be streaming Reform services from Central Synagogue and Orthodox services from Hampton Synagogue.
Midwest (Central Daylight Time)
Congregation Temple Israel in St. Louis, MO, strives to be a holy community through worship that is participatory, joyful, musical, and inter-generational. All High Holiday services will be streamed live on their website.
High Holiday services for this historic Texas congregation are broadcast on their website along with Shabbat services. Led by Rabbi Mara Nathan, an associate rabbi and a cantor.
Mount Temple is located in St. Paul, Minnesota. The High Holiday services will be streamed on their website.
Bene Shalom, in Skokie Illinois, was founded in 1948 by deaf Jews. All services are ASL interpreted. The schedule and Zoom links for High Holiday services can be found on their website.
Shir Chadash is an inclusive community located in New Orleans, Louisiana, open not only to conservative Jews but to Jews of any or no denominational affiliation.
West Coast (Pacific Daylight Time)
Located in Los Gatos, California, Shir Hadash describes itself as “an evolving, vibrant, growing Reform Jewish congregation dedicated to providing a sense of community for its members as well as opportunities for spiritual growth and developing a strong Jewish identity.” High Holy Day services are led by Rabbi Nico Socolovsky, Cantor Devorah Felder-Levy and Rabbi PJ Schwartz.
Located in Los Angeles, CA, Stephen Wise Temple is a community that “makes meaning, and changes the world.” They will be streaming their High Holiday services on their facebook page.
This “dynamic, pluralist Jewish congregation committed to Jewish tradition, creating community and celebrating diversity” will stream all their High Holidays services.
This “lively, active, inclusive community of progressive Jews” will stream all their High Holidays service on their website.
The Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life will offer pre-recorded High Holiday services with Rabbi Caroline Sim. The services will be available for streaming on their website.
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