For second pandemic-constrained High Holy Days, LMC pivots to live in-person broadcast for Temple Emanuel

A view of LMC's live broadcast production station at Temple Emanuel
A view of LMC's live broadcast production station at Temple Emanuel

CHERRY HILL, NJ — Facing the second year in which Jewish High Holy Days services were heavily restricted because of the COVID-19 pandemic, LMC is supporting livestream broadcasts of High Holy Days services for Temple Emanuel, the Reform synagogue in Cherry Hill, NJ.

“Last year we were not able to have all of our clergy and officiants in the sanctuary space together because of the COVID-19 pandemic, so we stitched together complete service programs with sequences recorded separately,” said Steve Lubetkin, managing partner of The Lubetkin Media Companies, and a 40-year member of Temple Emanuel. “This year, we were able to have congregants in the sanctuary and the synagogue wanted a live-streamed solution for our remote attendees.” (Lubetkin was recognized by the synagogue as its Volunteer of the Year for 2021 for his work producing the services last year.)

Rosh Hashanah morning services were live broadcast over Temple Emanuel’s livestream platform and over LMC used four HD quality video cameras and its new mobile livestreaming system equipped with the popular vMix broadcast software that enables complete on-location live switching of multiple cameras and recorded inputs, including special effects, on-screen graphics, and titles.

The Rosh Hashanah broadcast included new opening and closing video sequences showing drone aerial video flyovers of the Temple Emanuel campus produced by Nesher Enterprises, a Mount Laurel-based drone photography and videography company.

LMC will produce similar livestream broadcasts of services for Yom Kippur.

You can watch a recording of the Rosh Hashanah service in the player below.

Last year, LMC produced a full complement of completely pre-recorded worship services for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. In addition to traditional liturgies for Rosh Hashanah and the moving Kol Nidre service on the evening Yom Kippur begins, the recordings also included a location recording of the Tashlich service (in which sins are symbolically cast off as crumbs of bread in flowing water).

“It was definitely more challenging producing last year’s services, with segments recorded out of sequence and the editing process to pull it all together for multiple two-hour services that people could watch from home was far more complicated than I imagined,” said Lubetkin. “Being able to switch cameras during a live end-to-end service gave our congregants at home an intimate live service and we hope to continue providing that level of video outreach in the future.”

LMC is available to produce live multiple camera broadcasts on location for a wide range of events including panels, seminars, roundtables, or other programs.

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