Sim Shalom Rekindles #OurLightsforPeace Campaign this Holiday Season

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On Friday night, November 25th, Rabbi Steve Blane will share global gratitude for the Sim Shalom online synagogue community and as part of the reverie will rekindle our Lights for Peace initiative.

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Fighting the darkness with light. noted one Sim Shalomer last year.

Beginning on Friday, November 25th, Sim Shalom the online synagogue, kindles a universal holiday #OurLightsForPeace project with an interactive map of candles connecting the globe in messages of peace and gratitude.

Sim Shalom founder, Rabbi Steve Blane, begins the Holiday season with a joyful Thanksgiving Shabbat. As the days darken, Sim Shalom spreads light and peace with its online services. The #OurLightsForPeace project, which is free to all, aspires to create harmonious connections during the holiday season celebrated by all faiths and cultures. The world community is invited to participate by placing a candle with a message of peace on Sim Shalom's interactive map as well as using the hashtag #OurLightsForPeace. Beginning Friday the map can be accessed here and on the Sim Shalom Facebook page.

The prayer festivities include Sim Shalomers from four continents yet the service feels intimate as it travels across the globe with participation that includes a live chat feature. The evening will feature Rabbi Blane's ballad "Spark" whose lyrics sing of hope "that is forever burning you can see it's in you and it's in me" and his new original song, "When Hearts Listen, Angels Sing" that will be released on December 11th.

Using the hashtag #OurLightsForPeace the global community can share their message of peace connecting to others worldwide from any social media platform and device. Participants can access the map through January 2017.

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 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 which begins a new session in January.

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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