Newest Jewish Spiritual Leaders' Institute Class Ordained on December 19 and the 21st class begins this week

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Sim Shalom Online Synagogue confers s'micha on three Rabbinic candidates who join the 162 Jewish Spiritual Leaders' Institute ordained Rabbis and Cantors.

JSLI Online Ordination Ceremony

"...But perhaps more importantly, I feel that what I learned, from Rabbi Blane as well as my fellow students, improved me spiritually as a Jew." Rabbi Dario Hunter

Rabbi Steve Blane of Sim Shalom Jewish Universalist Online synagogue and a Bet Din convened a holy ordination and Shabbaton on January 19. Rabbi Blane and the Bet Din composed of a Rabbi from Canada and another from Idaho ordained three candidates that hailed from California and Calgary, Canada. The group gelled over the course of the year's study and joined the 162 Rabbis and Cantors who studied with Jewish Spiritual Leaders' Institute from the US, Canada, Great Britain, Japan and Israel. JSLI alumni are serving in pulpits, as Chaplains, educators and performing life cycle events.

The ordination was moved online due to COVID-19. Despite the pandemic it was a truly moving and spiritual event and allowed the friends and family of the candidates to attend an online gathering from all over the country.

Jewish Spiritual Leaders' Institute begins its 21st Class on January 6th. The newest cohort of eight students will attend weekly sessions, offer a presentation to the school and alumni, write a research paper and lead services for the school and Rabbi Blane.

"I am very grateful for the experience of studying with JSLI. The collegial atmosphere, the skillful lessons in the practical aspects of rabbinics and the warm, nurturing nature of JSLI’s instruction made for an experience that I feel prepared me well for spiritual leadership. But perhaps more importantly, I feel that what I learned, from Rabbi Blane as well as my fellow students, improved me spiritually as a Jew." Rabbi Dario Hunter


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 Leaders' Institute,, the online professional rabbinical program and of the Union of Jewish Universalist Communities,

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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