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. Additional info can be found here.
This congregation is one of the largest synagogues in North America. The synagogue streams its High Holidays services, led by Rabbi Angela Buchdahl, for free on its website, YouTube channel, and Facebook page. Full holiday schedule and links can be found here.
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.
Traditional, participatory, and egalitarian, T&V has members from throughout the New York area. Led by Rabbi Larry Sebert. You may need to email the synagogue to receive the Zoom info. 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 live stream High Holiday services on their website.
The Jewish Broadcasting Service will be streaming Reform services from Central Synagogue and Orthodox services from Hampton Synagogue.
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.
Shir Chadash is an inclusive community located in New Orleans, Louisiana, open not only to conservative Jews but to Jews of any or no denominational affiliation.
West Coast (Pacific Daylight Time)
Located in Los Gatos, California, Shir Hadash 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.” Their High Holy Day services offer time to be awakened, time to reflect and time to grow. It is led by Rabbi Nico Socolovsky, Cantor Devorah Felder-Levy and Rabbi PJ Schwartz.
Keeping it Sacred is a center for exploration of Jewish texts, ritual, and customs, led by Rabbi Heather Miller. Registration required.
This “dynamic, pluralist Jewish congregation committed to Jewish tradition, creating community and celebrating diversity” will stream all their High Holidays services.
This “lively, active, inclusive community of progressive Jews” will stream all their High Holidays service on their website.
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.