August 7, 2009

Streaming Shabbat Services

I remember, growing up, listening to the weekly radio broadcast of early Friday evening Shabbat services live from New York's Temple Emanu-El. This was, of course, in the days before the Internet.

But now that we are living in an Internet society, services can be accessed online. Or, at least services held at Temple Beth Or in Morristown, N.J., can be accessed online.

According to the New Jersey Jewish News:
"Since May, the synagogue has been streaming its Shabbat services on Friday evenings and some Saturday mornings on a live webcast available to anyone with Internet access.

That puts B’nai Or in the vanguard of high-tech shuls. A search using — what else — the Internet revealed only two other synagogues with such an offering: Temple Emanu-El in Birmingham, Ala., and Shaarey Zedek Synagogue in Winnepeg, Canada."
It's a really interesting development, and, according to the article, one that is not limited to Jewish congregations.

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