Sim Shalom to Spark Global #OurLightsForPeace on Chanukah

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On December 6, the first night of Chanukah, Sim Shalom, the online synagogue, will launch a #OurLightsforPeace initiative with a global online candle lighting music ceremony to kindle congregants around the world to take a step towards peace.

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"We're Gonna Light the Light Tonight. Could be Chanukah tonight, Could be Kwanzaa filled with light, Could be Christmas by the tree, It's all beautiful to me. "

For twenty one centuries Jews have celebrated Chanukah, the miracle of light over darkness. To commemorate Chanukah and bring forth the true essence of its meaning especially at this critical time, Sim Shalom will use its global network as a catalyst to inspire congregants to say a simple prayer for peace, and to radiate the light from within into a daily act of kindness to sustain the miracle of light in the world.

Participants from anywhere in the world (with wifi) can partake in the free holiday celebration and light their menorah candle together with the prayer for peace by clicking on at Sim Shalom's website at 7:00 pm EST on Sunday, December 6.

Followers can use the hashtag #OurLightsForPeace throughout the holiday season to spread their light. A global map will be incorporated on Sim Shalom's Facebook page beginning on Chanukah's first night where congregants will be able to submit their city and country to connect the lights around the world.

In the song about the festival of lights, "We're Gonna Light the Light Tonight," click here, Sim Shalom's founder, Rabbi and Cantor Steven Blane's lyrics express it succinctly; "Could be Chanukah tonight, Could be Kwanzaa filled with light, Could be Christmas by the tree, It's all beautiful to me. "

In addition to the joyous music and prayer, the service will be participatory via the live chat feature.

About Sim Shalom and JSLI

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 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 or call 201-338-0165.

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