Rabbi Blane and Reverend Brashear Singer-Songwriters to Orchestrate Global "Thanks Giving"

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On Friday, November 20, two New York spiritual leaders will conduct an interfaith online music service to celebrate the bounty of our earth, give shared thanks for our blessings and connect citizens worldwide as a step towards peace.

Rabbi Steven Blane (left) and Reverend Robert Brashear.

Combining our musical voices and experiences to build universal discourse rooted in mutual respect and compassion is a perfect vehicle to elevate the conversation. Music transcends languages.

In 1620 the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock in search of religious freedom, traveling for sixty five days with bibles to practice their faith without persecution. On November 20, Sim Shalom's founder Rabbi Steven Blane, and the West Park Presbyterian Reverend Robert Brashear, although not donning Pilgrim hats, will join together for an online Thanks Giving Music and Prayer Service to inspire gratitude for the earth's abundance and celebrate diversity of spirit with a message of acceptance and pluralism.

Unlike the Mayflower voyage the program seeks to bridge connections rather then escape from them and no travel is required. Congregants of all faiths and citizens from around the world can simply join in for the free event and participate via the live chat by clicking on at http://www.simshalom.com at 7:00 pm EST.

Creating uplifting music has been an integral part of Rabbi Blane's and Reverend Brashear's work both within the pulpit and in less traditional settings such as jazz clubs. West Park Presbyterian Church has built a dialogue of interfaith harmony with its authentic mutual conversation outreach program. Sim Shalom the world's only virtual Synagogue has connected individuals around the world with its weekly online service platform.

According to Rabbi Blane "Combining our musical voices and experiences to build universal discourse rooted in mutual respect and compassion is a perfect vehicle to elevate the conversation. Music transcends languages. Loving they neighbor, starts on the local level and grows exponentially. "

Reverend Brashear has years of experience in social policy development in Mexico, Central America and the Middle East, and locally as a founding member as Westsiders for Peace and Justice located in New York City. He is the Chair of the Interfaith Assembly for Homelessness and Housing. The reverend writes original music, sings and plays the guitar and has performed with a variety of artists. He recently recorded with the Peace Poets in the soon to be released Movement Music Project.

Rabbi Blane, who is also a cantor has dedicated his work towards a vision of inclusion. Most recently he spearheaded a new movement of Jewish Universalism that embodies the principles of non judgemental acceptance. Rabbi Blane a jazz vocalist songwriter and piano player has performed in iconic venues including The Bitter End in Greenwich Village and performs regularly in jazz clubs. He has released several CD's including "Live Jazz High Holidays".

This event brings full circle Rabbi Blane's and Reverend Brashear's music collaboration. They have performed together in the Home (Away) Band.

About Sim Shalom and JSLI
Sim Shalom is an interactive online Jewish Universalist synagogue that 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 Kabbalat 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, 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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