Growing numbers of synagogues now live stream their services online. On the High Holidays, these streams are often restricted to synagogue members or cost money to watch — but not always.
This guide provides a list of free options for streaming of Rosh Hashanah services online in all U.S. time zones. Because strict holiday observance precludes using electricity and computers on Rosh Hashanah, not many Orthodox synagogues are listed here.
East Coast (Eastern Daylight Time)
Adas Israel, located in Washington, D.C., was founded in 1869. It is “socially-conscious, and aspires to celebrate Conservative Judaism at its creative best.” Led by Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt and Rabbi Aaron Alexander. All High Holiday services will be streamed on their webpage.
B’nai Jeshurun is a nearly 200 year old unaffiliated synagogue located in New York City. They bring together a multi-generational community in prayer, music, learning, joyful celebration, and activism. They will be streaming all High Holiday services.
This 2,600-member congregation is one of the largest synagogues in North America. The synagogue streams its High Holidays services free on its website and on its Facebook page.
Lab/Shul is “an artist-driven, everybody-friendly, God-optional, pop-up experimental community for sacred Jewish gatherings, based in New York City. Led by Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie. High Holiday services will be streamed on their YouTube channel.
This 1,650-family Manhattan congregation’s vision includes practicing “a Judaism filled with love, literacy, reverence, compassion, and joy” and striving “to make our ancient tradition compelling and welcoming to contemporary Jewry and to serve as a light unto our fellow Jews and the nations.” Led by Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove. More High Holiday information and full services schedule here.
Founded in 1845, Emanu-El was New York City’s first Reform congregation. Led by Rabbi Joshua Davidson. Full holiday schedule available here.
This century-old Reform synagogue on the Upper West Side of Manhattan is led by Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch. Full holiday schedule available here.
Temple Beth El of Boca Raton was founded in 1967. They will be livestreaming High Holiday services on their website.
Midwest (Central Daylight Time)
Congregation Temple Israel in St. Louis, MO, strives to be a holy community through worship that is participatory, joyful, musical, and inter-generational. All High Holiday services will be streamed live on their website.
High Holiday services for this historic Texas congregation are broadcast on their website ; Shabbat services are also regularly broadcast and archived on the streaming site. Led by Rabbi Mara Nathan, an associate rabbi and a cantor. See the full High Holiday service schedule here.
Mount Temple is located in St. Paul, Minnesota. The High Holiday services will be streamed on their website.
Bene Shalom, in Skokie Illinois, was founded in 1948 by deaf Jews. All services are ASL interpreted. The schedule and Zoom links for High Holiday services can be found on their website.
Rocky Mountain (Mountain Time)
The Jackson Hole Jewish Community in Wyoming will stream 2nd Day Rosh Hashanah services.
Kabbalah Experience, based in Denver, CO, will offer High Holiday services, led by founder and spiritual director, Dr. David Sanders. Registration required.
West Coast (Pacific Daylight Time)
An historic center of Jewish life in San Diego, Congregation Beth Israel offers “a warm welcome and a nurturing home to all who seek a meaningful and enduring connection to Judaism.” Services led by Rabbi Jason Nevarez, Rabbi Cantor Arlene Bernstein, and Rabbi Jeremy Gimbel. They will be streaming Rosh Hashanah services on their YouTube channel.
Shomrei Torah Synagogue was founded in 1948, and is located in the San Fernando Valley of California. High Holiday services will be livestreamed.
Located in Los Gatos, California, Shir Chadash describes itself as “an evolving, vibrant, growing Reform Jewish congregation dedicated to providing a sense of community for its members as well as opportunities for spiritual growth and developing a strong Jewish identity.” It is led by Rabbi PJ Schwartz and Cantor Devorah Felder-Levy.
Or Hamidbar, located in the California desert, is led by Rabbi David Lazar. High Holiday services will be held over Zoom. Registration required.
Located in Los Angeles, CA, Stephen Wise Temple is a community that “makes meaning, and changes the world.” They will be streaming all of their High Holiday services and invite you to participate.
Keeping it Sacred is a center for exploration of Jewish texts, ritual, and customs, led by Rabbi Heather Miller. Registration required.
Coastside Jewish Community, based in El Granada, CA, is led by Rabbi Moshe Tom Heyn and Lissin Lev Chaya. Registration required.
Temple Sinai in Reno, Nevada will stream all of their High Holiday services. This inclusive community “promotes Jewish practice, culture, and tikkun olam (healing the world). Led by Rabbi Sara Zober and Rabbi Benjamin Zober.
This organization based in the East Bay, California, focuses on Jewish creativity. They will be offering High Holiday services that are grounded in liturgy, with a blend of traditional melodies and contemporary music. Registration Required.
This “dynamic, pluralist Jewish congregation committed to Jewish tradition, creating community and celebrating diversity” will stream all their High Holidays services.
The Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life will offer pre-recorded High Holiday services with Rabbi Caroline Sim. The services will be available for streaming on their website.