Online Video Gets Religious – Experience Jewish High Holidays Online
Can you imagine a religious service with more than 200,000 people attending?
Well, if it’s online it’s no problem. As it gets easier to stream live video to the web, and as people get more comfortable with doing it, we are seeing new and innovative uses of the technology.
One example is the broadcast of the Kol Nidre (Yom Kippur eve) service by JewishTVNetwork.com.
The service will be broadcast online on the night of September 27, as we begin Yom Kippur, from Nashuva in Los Angeles, and is led by Rabbi Naomi Levy (who was in the first class at JTS to ordain women), who has been honored with numerous awards and honors (Top 50 Rabbis in America and Top 50 most influential Jews, and others). The service will be accessible (and you can view last year’s recorded service) here.
Who needs this kind of service, anyway? Here’s what they say:
Many Jews are unable to get to a synagogue – or, because of the economy, can’t afford membership – but want to be part of the larger Jewish community. By joining Nashuva online for Kol Nidre, through JewishTVNetwork.com, they engage in their Jewish identity and connect to the Jewish calendar in a way that is accessible, affordable, non-alienating and convenient.
People can also find it on Facebook here.
If you know more examples of religious institutions using online video in innovative ways, leave a comment here for everyone to see.