Sim Shalom Online Synagogue goes Live from Riverside Drive with online services for the High Holidays

Given the current pandemic, Sim Shalom Online Synagogue, already versed in virtual services, is moving it’s High Holiday services online as well. Rabbi Steve Blane, joined by Special Guests and a trio (socially distanced) will provide joyful Jazz inspired musical services once again.

Sim Shalom’s High Holiday season of services begins Friday night, September 11 with a Selichot service. Participants will join Blane online- ask questions, sing along and say many of the prayers with the added benefit of viewing from the comfort of home in PJ’s, safe with family and friends. This will be a New Year to remember!

Rabbi Blane will be joined by special guests, Cantors Denise Heitmann (RI) and Joanna Lind (IL). Cantor Joanna P. Lind descends from Belzer Hasidim of Eastern Europe. Upon ordination through JSLI, she became the sixth generation Lind family cantor. Currently, Cantor Lind performs life cycle events independently and is the cantor for Ahavat Olam, a small congregation led by Rabbi Cantor Nancy Landsman, also a JSLI graduate.

After being ordained as a Cantor this past June, through Jewish Spiritual Leaders Institute (JSLI), Cantor Heitmann continues to sing and daven with two conservative synagogues in RI. Over the past three years, Denise has been the co-spiritual leader of the pluralistic prayer group, Hayom, providing High Holiday services to those not affiliated with a synagogue and looking for a progressive community.

For one ticket price viewers and their families will be welcome to attend all the following online Services:

Selichot- Friday Sept. 11 7pm (streamed free on with Guest Cantors DENISE HEITMANN & JOANNA LIND

Erev Rosh Hashana- Friday Sept. 18 7:00pm (attend only with ticketed link) with Guest Cantor NINA FINE and a High Holiday Message from Rabbi MIRIAM VAN RAALTE

Rosh Hashana Morning- Sat. Sept. 19 10:30am with JAZZ TRIO (attend only with ticketed link) with a High Holiday message from RABBI DEBORAH MCKENZIE and Shofar Blower and Cantorial Soloist EVAN KREMIN

Rosh Hashana Day 2- Sunday Sept. 20 10:30am (streamed free on

Kol Nidre- Sunday Sept. 27 7pm (attend only with ticketed link) with Guest Cantor KRISTEN GUSTAVSON and VIOLIZZY (LIZ TAUB)

Yom Kippur Morning- Monday Sept. 28 10:30am with JAZZ TRIO (attend only with ticketed link) with Guest Cantor MARIANNE STYLES, Shofar Blower and Cantorial Soloist EVAN KREMIN and a High Holy Day message from PASTOR ROBERT BRASHEAR

Neelah/Break the Fast- Monday Sept. 28 4:30pm (join friends and family at special zoom gathering – separate link to be sent to ticketed guests)

Sim Shalom, unlike other synagogues that offer online services, was developed to be broadcast directly to its participants where they are able to chat and interact like those who attend “brick and mortar” congregations. No fly on the wall watching but true engagement with Rabbi Steve and others. These High Holidays will follow that same design providing accessible and COVID friendly services.

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.

Rabbi Blane is also the founder and director of the Jewish Spiritual Leader’s 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.