Sim Shalom Online Synagogue Broadcasts From a Little Blue Shed

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Rabbi Steve Blane of Sim Shalom Online Synagogue broadcasts from his little blue shed making services available weekly year round.

Rabbi Blane's Little Blue Shed

Pray in your PJs from anywhere while participating in virtual services streamed everywhere.

Rabbi Steve Blane founded Sim Shalom as an option for those unaffiliated or disenfranchised Jews. The innovator developed Sim Shalom as a virtual synagogue. There is no physical building. Services are not videoed from a birds eye view of a congregation worshipping. Services are designed to be interactive and streamed directly to congregants. Sim Shalom has a vibrant community from around the world who watch daily.

Not only can the community attend services in their PJs viewing from the comfort of their home, RV or boat but Rabbi Steve has never missed a service even as he travels streaming from Nashville, Paris and most recently the little blue shed that is his music studio in Florida.

Like all good Jewish congregants, Sim Shalomers chat with one another during the service. Congregants can communicate through an online chat function. John from Tucson will ask Jeanette from British Columbia how she is feeling this week and similar community conversations take place throughout the service. Participants share names for Kaddish and the Misheberach prayer for the sick. Sim Shalom offers week nightly services for those in mourning to be able to say Kaddish.

Sim Shalom services can be joined by going to the website and clicking where it says go live. They are on ustream and Facebook live.
Services are also recorded for the convenience of those who need to watch later. Live online services take place each weeknight and Friday at 7:00pm EST.


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 and 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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