Post by leahelisheva on Aug 30, 2011 20:18:54 GMT -5
I know that Temple Imanuel in NYC had RH and YK services which streamed online--but one should be aware that Emanuel is a classical Reform Temple, more reminiscent of how Reform Judaism was when it began than it is today.
Well, it wouldn't make much sense given the traditional Shabbat and holiday prohibitions for any but Reform shuls (and maybe Reconstructionist or Renewal or other non-traditional shuls) to record Shabbat and High Holiday services, nor would most other people other than non-Jews or Reform/non-traditional Jews feel comfortable watching these recordings as they are live-streamed (Then again, maybe also some people who self-identify as "Conservative", but are not especially observant, and/or feel that they have no other option besides missing Shabbat and HH services altogether).
But I think LeahElisheva is pointing out that since the NYC shul she mentioned is a "Classical Reform" shul, its services are even less traditional than what is now typical for more standard Reform shuls in the US.
Last Edit: Feb 13, 2015 1:54:12 GMT -5 by Debbie B.
To be honest, because my own background is more traditional in observance, the idea of live-streaming Shabbat services makes me a bit uncomfortable since many aspects of that would not be allowed at any of my congregations. And the above comments by a more observant forum member does suggest a valid point that people should keep in mind that only the more non-traditional synagogues would permit this kind of recording and broadcasting on Shabbat, so it does not show what a more traditional service would be like. However, I think these services could be of help to prospective converts in a number of ways. It can enable them to see what a service is like without having to actually attend such a service in person. It can be really intimidating to go to a place that you don't know for a service that is unfamiliar and worrying that you "don't belong" there since you aren't Jewish and that you might do the wrong thing. And it can enable a person to watch services several times to be better prepared before actually attending one in person.
So I am posting the above link for information, but I have not ever watched any of the live-streaming and can't comment on the content of any of the links.
Last Edit: Sept 2, 2019 15:06:53 GMT -5 by Debbie B.