Sim Shalom Online Synagogue Celebrates Hanukkah with Jelly Donuts and Cantorial Concert

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Sim Shalom Online Synagogue brings together two Rabbis and five Cantors to celebrate the second night of the Festival of Lights with songs and candle lighting at a joyful online concert.

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The Sim Shalom Online Hanukkah concert and celebration will be a rich presentation of varied selections of Hanukkah classics as well as Shabbat melodies that feature each of the unique voices of the five guest Cantors.

On Friday, December 11, Sim Shalom the virtual Synagogue celebrates the second night of Hanukkah with five guest cantors. Rabbi Steve Blane and Sim Shalom have offered services online since 2009. To celebrate Hanukkah and the Festival of Lights this year he is joined by five (5) Cantors and one (1) Rabbi from across the country. All were ordained by Rabbi Blane and the Jewish Spiritual Leaders' Institute (JSLI). Although a relatively minor holiday in strictly religious terms, Hanukkah has attained major cultural significance in North America and elsewhere among secular Jews as a Jewish alternative to Christmas, and is often celebrated correspondingly fervently.

The Sim Shalom Online Hanukkah concert and celebration will be a rich presentation of varied selections of Hanukkah classics as well as Shabbat melodies that feature each of their unique voices. The guests include Cantor Denise Heitmann of Rhode Island, Cantor Kristin Gustavson from California, Cantor Nina Fine who hails from Florida and Cantor Joanna Lind of Illinois. Also joining Rabbi Steve will be Rabbi Deborah McKenzie from Maryland. Rabbi Deborah leads services for Sim Shalom each Monday evening. Many of the guests joined Sim Shalom for the High Holidays. Read more about them 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.

Rabbi Blane is also the founder and director of the Jewish Spiritual Leader's Institute, http://www.jsli.net, the online professional rabbinical program and the 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. For more information visit http://www.simshalom.com or call 201-338-0165.

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