Sim Shalom, the Online Synagogue, Releases a Jazz Inspired High Holiday CD

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Sim Shalom, the online synagogue, and founder, Rabbi Steven Blane, announce a new High Holiday CD that fuses the raw emotion of jazz and the traditional liturgy of ancient High Holiday prayer and music.

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Playing jazz in many ways is a metaphor for experiencing life. The new CD reflects the juxtaposition of emotions where jazz and the High Holidays intertwine,

Sim Shalom’s recently released CD fuses the raw emotion of jazz and the traditional liturgy of ancient Jewish High Holiday prayer and music. Sim Shalom, the world’s only purely virtual synagogue, brings its inventive programming to the High Holidays each year with jazzed up Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services. "During the High Holidays, members of the Jewish community reflect upon life and the year that has passed. They pray that the year ahead will bring blessings and peace. Jazz is thoughtful music, improvisation within a structured form that can be filled with many emotions. Playing jazz in many ways is a metaphor for experiencing life," comments Rabbi Steve Blane. The new CD reflects the juxtaposition of emotions where jazz and the High Holidays intertwine.

The music is the vision of Rabbi Steven Blane, Sim Shalom’s founder, a seasoned Cantor and jazz musician to create an engaging unparalleled worship experience. In the past several years, services were performed at Small’s Jazz Club, and Zebs Sound and Light Club in New York City to full capacity. The 2015 Jazz High Holidays Services will be at the iconic Bitter End in NYC.

CD tracks include jazz versions of the Hatzi Kaddish. In Jewish liturgy, different versions of the Kaddish are used as “separators” between portions of the services. Melodies that accompany the Kaddish change depending upon when it is sung – Weekdays, Shabbat, Festivals, or High Holidays. Performed here is the Hatzi (Half) Kaddish specific for the High Holidays. The Aleynu is a Missinai melody used for the High Holidays, “Mi-Sinai,” meaning literally “from Sinai.” And rather than fearing God’s wrath, our arrangement of B’rosh Hashana celebrates God’s Passion. Other tracks include jazz versions of Hine Ma Tov, Kol Nidre, Barchu and Sh’ma, Halleluyah, Amidah, M’chalkayl, Untanef Tokef, B’rosh Hashana, Ochilah L’el, Sh’ma Koleynu, the Shoard Service, Ashamnu, Avinu Malkeynu, Hayom.

The CD is a compilation of music conducted at the live 2014 services and recorded in the studio with world renowned jazz guitarist Saul Rubin. Featured are Carol Sudhalter on sax and flute, Tai Ronen on Bass, Jack Glottman on piano, Frank Levitano on drums, and Itai Kris on flute. Rabbi Blane will be joined again at the September 2015 High Holiday Service by Sudhalter, Ronen, Glottman and Levitano. A downloadable version is available here.

About Sim Shalom
Sim Shalom is an interactive online Jewish Universalist synagogue which is liberal in thought and traditional in liturgy. Created in 2009 by Rabbi Steven Blane on Manhattan's Upper West Side, Sim Shalom offers a means of connecting the unconnected. Rabbi Blane leads accessible and short Kabbalt Shabbat services every Friday night using a virtual interface and additionally Sim Shalom provides online education programs, Jazz concerts, conversion and life-cycle ceremonies along with weeknight services at 7:00PM EST led by Rabbis and students of this online community.

Rabbi Blane is also the founder and director of the Jewish Spiritual Leader's Institute, http://www.jsli.net, the online professional rabbinical program.

Sim Shalom, a non profit 501 © (3) tax-exempt organization, nurtures a Jewish connection through its mission of innovative services, creative education and dynamic outreach to the global community. For more information visit http://www.simshalom.com or call 201-338-0165.

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