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 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.
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.
Located near Cincinnati, Ohio, Congregation Beth Adam is a humanistic synagogue that streams 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 and YouTube page.
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 a Conservative Congregation serving the Greater New Orleans, Louisiana area. Information for how to join Yom Kippur services via Zoom can be found on their website.
Congregation Shaare Emeth, in St. Louis, seeks to be a compassionate and inclusive community that makes Judaism relevant, meaningful and joyful. They are streaming Yom Kippur services on their website.
West Coast (Pacific Daylight Time)
This Los Angeles community led by Rabbi Sharon Brous aims “to reanimate Jewish life, to reengage text and tradition not only so that we find personal meaning and connection, but also to help us decipher what it means to be a human being in the world today.”
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 services on their YouTube channel.
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.” 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 streamed via Facebook Live.
Keeping it Sacred is a center for exploration of Jewish texts, ritual, and customs, led by Rabbi Heather Miller. Registration required.
Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, Congregation Ner Tamid fosters a warm, caring and inclusive environment for a diverse community, including individuals, couples, and families of all types. They are streaming services on their YouTube page.
Temple Emanuel in Beverly Hills believes in the power of connection, community, and commitment to our Jewish identity. They are streaming Yom Kippur services on their website.
We are a center for Jewish life in Orange County, CA, a home away from home where you and your loved ones can share with us in the life-long Jewish journey of learning and discovery. They are streaming Yom Kippur services on their website.
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.