Sim Shalom Online Synagogue and Rabbi Steve Blane Celebrate Passover Freedom

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Rabbi Blane leads Passover seder at the Knickerbocker Bar and Grill in New York's Greenwich Village

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Sim Shalom honors the Jewish love of freedom by providing unique services online for those who need or choose to worship outside of a brick and mortar synagogue.

On Friday night, March 30th Rabbi Steve Blane of Sim Shalom, the online synagogue, led a Passover seder to a sold out crowd at the Knickerbocker Bar and Grill in New York's Greenwich Village. Dozens of wandering Jews enjoyed a typical Passover meal while also celebrating a joyful seder with Blane on the ukulele. Watch here.

Passover is the season and celebration of the Hebrew people's liberation from bondage in Egypt. Sim Shalom honors the Jewish love of freedom by providing unique services online for those who need or choose to worship outside of a brick and mortar synagogue. Sim Shalom broadcasts services online led by Rabbi members of the Union of Jewish Universalist Communities each weeknight at 7:00pm EST for persons to "Sing Kiddush and Say Kaddish" from wherever they are. Rabbi Blane streams the Friday evening Shabbat services each week.

Twice a year, however, he steps out on the town and leads services in iconic Greenwich Village locales – a Passover seder at the Knickerbocker Bar and Grill and this will be the 5th year that Sim Shalom High Holiday services will take place at the Bitter End – an iconic music venue. Tickets will be available in June. For more information and to watch last year's services click here.

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,
http://www.jsli.net, the online professional rabbinical program as well as one of the founders of the UJUC - Union of Jewish Universalist Communities. http://www.ujuc.org.

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.

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