Tikvat Israel Congregation Rockville MD

A Friendly, Participatory and Egalitarian Conservative Synagogue in Rockville, Maryland

Global Audience for Rabbi’s Sermons, Cantor’s Chants

Julie Turkewitz watched TI services via livestreaming from her apartment in Bogota, Colombia.

Tikvat Israel’s religious services on the High Holy Days carried a worldwide reach.

The data collected from the synagogue’s livestreaming equipment showed 518 households logged on during Rosh Hashanah and 521 on Yom Kippur.

The breakdown of participants looked like this: 295 in Montgomery County (362 overall in the D.C. area), 17 in the New York City area, 11 in Philadelphia plus a sprinkling of people across the mainland: Richmond, Va.; Charlotte and Raleigh, N.C.; Rochester and Ithaca, N.Y.; Orlando, Jacksonville and Boynton Beach, Fla.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Memphis and Knoxville, Tenn.; Detroit, Chicago, Denver, San Francisco, Los Angeles and El Paso, Texas.

Our synagogue’s livestreamed services also had followers internationally – in London; Edinburgh, Scotland; Milan, Italy; Madrid, Spain; and Bogota, Colombia, according to a data report generated by Rabbi Marc Israel. 

Among the global attendees of High Holiday services on the TI livestream was Julie Turkewitz, who watched from her apartment overlooking downtown Bogota, Colombia, where she’s based as the Andes correspondent in South America for The New York Times. She is the daughter of congregants Molly and Stu Turkewitz.