LOVELAND, Ohio - Tonight at dusk will mark the beginning of a New Year for theJewish community, and a first for the online Jewish community.
Beth Adam Synagogue in Loveland, Ohio, will stream its RoshHashanah services live to mobile devices.
"We can speak and reach out and include people from thissanctuary here in Loveland, Ohio… literally to around theworld," explained Rabbi Robert Barr.
His counterpart, Rabbi Laura Baum, said it's all about gettingthe service to people who cannot come.
"There will be hundreds of people in the sanctuary here andthousands more online who are watching and having a Rosh Hashanahexperience that they wouldn't probably otherwise have."
The rabbis call it an “online congregation” wherefollowers can interact with the message and each other.
"People who are trapped and homebound are no longer trapped bytheir surroundings because they are online with us," said Barr.
Ultimately, both Barr and Baum said that their responsibilities,as rabbis will not end when the streaming is off line.
"We're willing to be peoples rabbis year round."
Watch on Facebook or your Mobile device:
Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 8:15 p.m. (Rosh Hashanah Evening)
Thursday, Sept. 9, at 10:30 a.m. (Rosh Hashanah Morning)
Thursday, Sept. 9, at 1:30 p.m. (Rosh HashanahChildren’s)
Friday, Sept. 17, at 8:15 p.m. (Yom Kippur Evening)
Saturday, Sept. 18, at 10:30 a.m. (Yom Kippur Morning)
Saturday, Sept. 18, at 1:30 p.m. (Yom KippurChildren’s)
Saturday, Sept. 18, at 4 p.m (Yom Kippur Memorial)