Sim Shalom "Jazzes" up the High Holidays with Services at the Bitter End

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Rabbi Steve Blane is joined by a jazz quintet to create awesome Days of Awe at an iconic New York West Village nightclub.

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Jews of all denominations searching for a vanguard place to celebrate the High Holidays with Sim Shalom Online Synagogue will be offered a jazz services at the iconic Bitter End

On Monday, September 30th and Wednesday, October 9th Jews of all denominations searching for a vanguard place to celebrate the High Holidays will be offered a jazz service with vocals led by Rabbi Cantor Steven Blane accompanied by saxophone, piano, flute, drums, bass and fiddle.

The participatory service will elate the spiritual uplift of new beginnings, welcoming the Jewish New Year with the raw emotion of jazz arranged from songs of Jewish liturgy. For those who will be in New York City, tickets are available for purchase for the live service to help defray the program cost. It also functions as a fundraiser for the nonprofit organization. As with all Sim Shalom Online Synagogue programming, the services will be streamed live with worldwide participation via chat. Individuals can simply visit at the scheduled times.

Rabbi Blane expressed the pioneering program this way, "The Days of Awe symbolize a time to awaken our senses, a rebirth of ourselves and our relationship to each other. Music is a perfect vessel to create a world synthesizing all the beautiful diverse sounds into pure harmony and joy."

Sim Shalom has brought the jazz High Holidays to New York's Bitter End before a sold out audience with online congregants participating from across the United States to Europe, Asia and South America for the last seven years. Joining Blane again this year will be Jack Glottman on piano, Carol Sudhalter on sax and flute, Frank Levitano on drums, Kevin Hailey on bass and Liz Taub on fiddle.

Tickets are available at Eventbrite and can be accessed at here.

About Sim Shalom and JSLI:

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 dean of the Jewish Spiritual Leader's Institute, JSLI, ( a rabbinical school for professionals and one of the founding communities of the Union of Jewish Universalist Communities.

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