Rosh Hashana in Antarctica

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A couple of days ago, we received this email:

I am a Jew working in Antarctica as part of the US Antarctica Program. Are there any online HHD services that I can watch or other online ways to join other Jews in worship during Rosh Hashana & Yom Kippur? Thanks for helping out.

We’ve been getting a lot of requests to find High Holiday services (and High Holiday dinners, for that matter). Usually, we refer people to the always-reliable Chabad site for services in far-flung areas, or give them our fave picks (mine is Simon Jacobson’s sure-to-be-wildly insightful Meaningful Life center in the East Village) — but when you get a request like this, how could you not dive in?

Here’s what we found:

  • Temple Israel in Miami will broadcast an audio version of their service for both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. (Although it might not be the best experience for you, picturing a breezy, tropical congregation right next to the beach…)

  • Also, Temple Beth El in Charlotte will air a video of their Yom Kippur night service.
  • Lastly, this might not work at all, or it might totally work. Temple Emanu-El in New York City will be recording all services and then posting them online later during the holiday. The person we spoke to said that she isn’t sure whether it’ll be a few hours later or a few days — but maybe by the time it’s Erev Rosh Hashanah in your time zone, it’ll be up?

Posted on September 26, 2008

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6 thoughts on “Rosh Hashana in Antarctica

  1. The Doctor

    Doesn’t help. According to rulings from the Conservative movement, you can join a minyan in cyberspace but there still needs to be 10 people physically together.

    More importantly, is there an oneg in Second Life?

  2. Doc Don

    I am grateful for the information and glad that it is helpful to other geographically-challenged members of the diaspora.

    As for Antarctica, I am in the process of getting clearance to use the internet connectivity for ordinarily non-permissible activities: streaming audio or audio/visual material. Because of the limited bandwidth here, they prohibit us from doing significant downloading or VOIP applications.

    I hope my request to “attend” services in cyberspace is approved. After all, they have a Christian chapel and a Catholic priest on station, so I’m hopeful they will be accomodating for the HHD services. I’ll keep the folks here posted on my progress.

  3. Doc Don

    Thank you for your pointers. I hope this will help the other geographically-challenged members of the diaspora.

    Here in Antarctica we have limited bandwidth, and must conserve most of it for science and business functions. Consequently we are prohibited from accessing streaming media or VOIP. I have applied for a waiver to “attend” the HHD services in cyberspace.

    I will let you know the outcome of this request. I’m hoping they will approve it, since they provide a physical Chapel and a Catholic Priest on station for our Christian inhabitants benefit.

    Now, just for some honey cake…….

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