Jewish Universalist Communities Launch JU tv Network

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Beginning December 1, 2016, the new JU tv network will offer limitless Jewish connections with a variety of daily programming provided by Rabbis from the Union of Jewish Universalist Communities (

Join us for daily programming beginning December 1st.

This will be a joyful and innovative way to connect with people who are looking for spiritual, musical, educational and inspiring Jewish content as they journey through their week.

Responding to the growing need of unaffiliated and interfaith families, the UJUC will launch its own network on Facebook Live on December 1, 2016. JUtv is derived from Jewish Universalism (JU) which promotes universal access to G-d. The network, like the JU movement, will provide a liberal and accepting Jewish message that is welcoming to all. The programs can be accessed on Sim Shalom's Facebook page at different times throughout the week. Sim Shalom is an online Jewish Universalist synagogue and was the charter community of the UJUC.

The new network will feature a different theme each weekday. It will include Music Mondays, How to Tuesdays, Wisdom Wednesdays and Ask the Rabbi Thursdays. Each UJUC Rabbi will participate and bring his or her own unique perspective to the network. UJUC Rabbi Nancy Tunick says, “We are excited to launch JUtv and offer inclusive and creative Jewish programming to people around the world through the Facebook Live platform. This will be a joyful and innovative way to connect with people who are looking for spiritual, musical, educational and inspiring content as they journey through their week.”                                        

The Union of Jewish Universalist Communities was founded by Sim Shalom’s Rabbi Steve Blane along with three Rabbis ordained by the Jewish Spiritual Leader’s Institute, Rabbi Nancy Tunick, Rabbi Eran Ben-Adon and Rabbi Ivan Browner. The UJUC boasts 16 Rabbis with communities across the United States and Japan who each subscribe to the following seven key doctrines:

  • JU is founded on the core statement “Hear oh Israel (and Humankind), the Lord is G-d, the Lord is One.”
  • JU believes the Torah is divinely inspired and is Holy.
  • JU believes all paths to the divine are equally Holy and that one’s religion is not the sole and exclusive source of truth.
  • JU believes Judaism is a constantly evolving spiritual practice.
  • JU asserts that all people who follow the dictate to love your neighbor as yourself are uniquely chosen.
  • JU embraces interfaith families and unconditionally welcomes all people to participate in our Jewish worship and rituals.
  • JU honors our Jewish rituals, traditions, teachings and texts and seeks to repair the world

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.

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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