Rabbi Attempting to Break the Record for World's Largest Yom Kippur Service

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Over 60,000 worshippers expected to participate in the service via live streaming

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Rabbi Naomi Levy

Levy's high-energy services combine charismatic preaching, traditional prayer and meditation, along with a heavy infusion of musical styles

Some 60,000 worshippers --- making up the largest congregation of its kind --- will tune in Oct. 11 at 6:00 pm for a moving, engaging Yom Kippur service led by Rabbi Naomi Levy of Nashuva.

The live service, which will be broadcast worldwide, will emanate from Founders Church of Religious Science in Los Angeles and will be transmitted (and later archived) at jewishjournal.com.

Kol Nidre is the evening service of Yom Kippur, or Day of Atonement, the most important holiday of the Jewish year. Many Jews who do not observe any other Jewish custom will refrain from work, fast and/or attend services on this day.

Levy's high-energy services combine charismatic preaching, traditional prayer and meditation, along with a heavy infusion of musical styles, from reggae to klezmer to Godspell, performed by a five-piece, multi-cultural Nashuva band. Levy has heard from thousands of people of all faiths via Facebook commenting and subsequent email moved and changed by the experience.

Last year nearly 60,000 viewers tuned in creating a virtual "congregation" stretching from South America to Rjekavik to Iran. This year, they've set a goal to surpass that number.

Levy, a rabbi and best-selling author, was ordained in the first class of women at Jewish Theological Seminary. She founded and leads Nashuva, Hebrew for, "We Will Return." Nashuva is a post-denominational, non-membership community open to all that meshes spirituality with social action.

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For more information and to see last year's service, go to kolnidrelive.com.

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