The Internet contains a wealth of Jewish media for viewing and listening: Hebrew lessons, news from Israel, lectures from the 92nd Street Y, Sabbath and Daily Minyan services, Torah study, Jewish music, etc.
The following six internet websites will provide a rich variety of Jewish content:
- Jewish Life Television ( http://www.jewishlifetv.com/)
This station, a 24/7 Jewish-themed television channel offers news and sports, motion pictures and documentaries, comedy and entertainment and special events from around the globe.
- Jewish Broadcast Service ( http://jbstv.org/)
A 24/7 television network covering a comprehensive spectrum of Jewish life. The content shown fosters Jewish understanding, strengthens Jewish identity, and inspires Jewish commitment among both involved and unengaged Jews. Offerings include holiday and Sabbath Reformed Movement services from the Central Synagogue in New York City, Lectures from New York City’s 92nd Street Y, national and Israeli news, and a wide variety of Jewish themed entertainment.
- Live Streaming At Central Synagogue (http://www.centralsynagogue.org/worship/live_streaming)
Central Synagogue is a thriving Reform congregation in Midtown Manhattan, serving 2,300 families and the larger community. Dubbed by the Wall Street Journal as New York’s first “mega-shul,” Central Synagogue is one of the largest Jewish congregations in North America and the oldest synagogue in New York City in continuous use.
- Shaarey Zedek Synagogue (http://www.shaareyzedek.mb.ca/service/serviceslive/liveservice.htm)
This website offers Conservative Movement live audio broadcasts of holiday, Shabbat, and Daily Minyan Services.
- Chabad Jewish Television (http://www.chabad.org/multimedia/default_cdo/aid/591213/jewish/Jewishtv.htm)
Jewish video megasite for the worldwide Chabad-Lubavitch movement that promotes Judaism and provides an Orthodox Jewish orientation, daily Torah lectures and Jewish insights.
- Florida State University, Recorded Music Collection, Judaic Music Collection (http://rsa.fau.edu/blog/category/judaic-collection/)
This internet site contains the largest collection of cantorial and liturgical, Yiddish, holiday, and secular Jewish music.
If you have a device that connects wirelessly (virtually all computers, tablets, laptops, net books and smart phones, already have built-in Wi-Fi capabilities) but need technical assistance, JFS can offer assistance through Help@Home.
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The Internet contains a wealth of Jewish media for viewing and listening such as; Hebrew lessons, news from Israel, lectures from the 92st Y, Sabbath and Daily Minyan services, Torah study, Jewish music, etc. All this content can be accessed by your television, computer, tablet, or cell telephone.
- First you’ll need broadband Internet through an Internet Service Provider (ISP). Cable companies, as well as phone companies often offer broadband Internet service as part of a bundle that can include TV and Phone services.
- Second, you need a router, which is a physical device. The ISP provider can provide the Router or recommend a router needed to make your home able to receive internet transmissions wirelessly (Wi-Fi) from any room of the house.
- Remember you need devices that can connect wirelessly. Finding them should not be difficult as most portable electronic devices, and virtually all computers, tablets, laptops, net books and smart phones, already have built-in Wi-Fi capabilities.
- To connect them, you need to enable Wi-Fi on your device. Older television consoles in your home need a Wi-Fi converter to take the internet signal roaming around your house and convert it to a standard or high definition video signal. Newer more expensive televisions may have the converter built in and can access internet television by following the instructions that came with the television.
- The most popular converter in the United States is manufactured by the Roku Corporation and can be purchased at Costco or other stores that sell computer accessories. The Roku model purchased must contain a connector suitable for attaching the device to the television in the home (HDMI or composite three-wire connector). The manufacturer of Roku provides instructions for connecting and making operational the device with the home television.
If you are unable to hook up through a converter device, then you can still access the internet websites listed above for a rich variety of Jewish content. All are suitable for computer/pad viewing, but only Jewish Life Television and the Jewish Broadcast Service is suitable for television console viewing.