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Shul in-tune with iTunes

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2007-02-01

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A Reform synagogue in Golders Green, north west London has found that producing podcasts featuring its rabbi and members of the community is enabling it to deliver its message globally.

North Western Reform Synagogue (Alyth) has followed up its previous podcast on Chanukah with one on the forthcoming festival of Tu B’Shvat and says it gets more than 50 downloads a day.

"This podcast follows on from the Alyth Quick Guide to Chanukah in helping to bring living Judaism direct to Jews worldwide," said Rabbi Mark Goldsmith. "It also means that Alyth members can carry their Shul with them wherever they may be."

The synagogue has made its podcasts free to download via Apple's iTunes service and claims that it has recently made it to number 6 in the podcast chart for religion and spirituality.

"Alyth’s initiative fits into the Reform Movement’s aim to reach out to people, communicating with them in ways which meet their needs," says Andie Newman, communications officer for the Reform Movement. "The Movement’s 2020 Vision involves meeting people where they are and offering them many ways into Judaism."

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