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 Yom Kippur services online in all U.S. time zones. Because strict holiday observance precludes using electricity and computers on Yom Kippur, 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.
Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST) is an LGBTQ-based synagogue in New York City serving a variety of Jewish traditions. Their High Holiday services are always free and open to all, this year, they are online.
Congregation Beth Adam is in Cincinnati, Ohio, and approaches Judaism from a Humanistic perspective. Led by Rabbi Robert B. Barr, founding rabbi.
The Hampton Synagogue was founded in 1990 by Rabbi Marc Schneier “in the spirit of ahavat yisrael, the love of our people, our faith, and our heritage.” High Holiday services can be viewed on the Jewish Broadcasting Service.
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.
Founded in 1850, Temple Beth Zion in Buffalo, NY, is one of the oldest and largest Reform congregations in the nation. They are focused on Jewish values and dedicated to supporting and serving members and the community at large. They will be streaming all High Holiday services on their website.
Founded in 1845, Emanu-El was New York City’s first Reform congregation. Led by Rabbi Joshua Davidson.
This Cincinnati synagogue says it welcomes “all people: seekers, interfaith families, and those in search of a spiritual home.”
Midwest (Central Daylight Time)
Am Shalom, in Glencoe, IL, seeks to “build a sense of community while respecting individual forms of expression and belief.” They will be streaming Yom Kippur services from the Temple building.
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.
Temple Beth Emeth, a congregation in Ann Arbor, Michigan, will stream all of their High Holiday services on their website. Led by Rabbi Josh Whinston and Cantor Regina Lambert-Hayut.
Rocky Mountain (Mountain Time)
Congregation Beth Israel, a Reform synagogue located in Scottsdale, Arizona, is guided by “warmth, tradition, inclusiveness, and inventiveness.” They will be livestreaming all Yom Kippur services.
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.
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 Yom Kippur services on their YouTube channel.
This 100 year-old Conservative synagogue in San Francisco, California has created traditional, meditative, musical and family services for the High Holidays. All services will be streamed.
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 Melanie Aron and Cantor Devorah Felder-Levy.
Ikar is a vibrant Jewish community in Los Angeles, CA, that seeks to integrate spiritual meaning with social change. Led by Rabbi Sharon Brous. Ikar will stream High Holiday services on their website and on Facebook.
Located in Los Angeles, CA, Sinai Temple is devoted to Jewish learning and support for Israel and the Jewish people. They will be streaming Kol Nidre and most of the Yom Kippur services.
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.