Last week, the Chronicle asked its readers in an electronic poll the following question: “Have you attended a virtual synagogue service streamed by a congregation outside of Pittsburgh?” Of the 260 people who responded, 58% said yes and 42% said no. Comments were submitted by 66 people. A few follow.
So grateful for this modern technology.
We live in Melbourne, Australia. Over the High Holydays this year, we attended Zoom services in Melbourne and South Bend, Indiana.
The Central Synagogue of New York City is superb. Rabbis are inspiring and have incredible voices.
Great way to conveniently and comfortably “attend” a service.
It is educational and enjoyable to be able to experience different approaches to Jewish liturgical
practice through remote attendance!
Virtually attended Central Synagogue in New York — for free! Superb rabbi, cantor, services and sermons.
I have been attending virtual synagogue services from New York City for more than three years.
Several rabbis and cantors there are excellent.
Not an option on Shabbos or Yom Tov for Orthodox Jews.
Never attended streamed service and never will.
Several times, but only for b’nai mitzvot, etc. that we could not attend because of COVID.
Virtual services are going to be the end of the congregations that hold them. Why would someone pay thousands of dollars per year to belong when you can stream them at no or little cost?
My service of preference (daily, evening, and holidays) is the Park Avenue Synagogue in New York. I have also seen beautiful, meaningful services from Anshe Emet in Chicago and Sinai Temple in Los Angeles. Temple Emanuel in the South Hills provides a lovely Havdalah service at the end of each Shabbat.
I like classes done online during the week. Jewish law doesn’t allow for listening to or broadcasting online services on Shabbat or Jewish holidays — that’s prohibited.
Streaming services are fantastic. This is the third year we have attended a virtual service.
Central Synagogue in NYC. High Holiday service was quite moving, and it took place in a beautiful synagogue with a wonderful choir and organ. PJC