U.S. Congregation Plans World's Largest Online Kol Nidre Service

Organizers Rabbi Rabbi Naomi Levy and her Nashuva organization expect over 100,000 people to participate in the virtual Yom Kippur service.

The world's largest Kol Nidre service (the prayer service on the eve of Yom Kippur) will be streamed live over the Internet on Friday night on the JewishJournal.com website.

The service will be held at Founders Church of Religious Science in Los Angeles and led by Rabbi Naomi Levy, founder of Nashuva, an outreach organization focused on reaching out to unaffiliated Jews in Los Angeles.

A virtual congregation of over 100,000 people is expected to tune in to the service, according to a press release by Nashuva, which means "We will return" in Hebrew.

The organization has been live-streaming the Kol Nidre service in partnership with JewishJournal.com for the past five years. More than 60,000 people from around the world participated in the service in 2013, according to Nashuva.

Levy, a rabbi and best-selling author, was ordained in the first class of women at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Nashuva is a post-denominational, non-membership community open to all who wish to blend spirituality with social action.

As described in the press release, Rabbi Levy’s "high-energy services combine charismatic preaching, traditional prayer and meditation, along with a heavy infusion of musical styles, from reggae to klezmer to gospel, performed by a five-piece, multi-cultural Nashuva band."