Jewish Broadcasting Service

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Jewish Broadcasting Service
JBS Shalom TV Logo.jpg
Launched August 31, 2006

Celebrating Jewish Culture

Television Worth Watching
Country United States
Language English language
Broadcast area North America
Headquarters Fort Lee, NJ
Formerly called Shalom TV

Jewish Broadcasting Service, formerly Shalom TV until September 2014,[1] is a national Jewish television network. JBS addresses the entire spectrum of Jewish life with daily news reports from Israel and live event coverage and analysis along with cultural programming of interest to the North American Jewish community. The network is a full-time HD and SD Channel. It is an English-language PBS style Jewish-oriented network and is a non profit organization produced by Jewish Education in Media (JEM), which should not be confused with Jewish Educational Media (JEM), an archive responsible for distributing video and audio material of the Lubavitcher Rebbe and the Lubavitch movement in support of Jewish inreach.


Shalom TV, was founded in 2003 and began telecasting on August 31, 2006. In 2008, Comcast launched Shalom TV On Demand nationally. The On Demand version of Shalom TV then expanded to more than 20 video distributors in more than 40 million homes throughout North America.

In May 2012 Shalom TV announced the launch of their own Roku channel, opening their availability up to anyone with a Roku box.[2] On December 7, 2012, Optimum (Cablevision) launched the Shalom TV Channel, making the Shalom TV Channel available to Optimum's 3 million subscribers. .[3]

Shalom TV was renamed the JBS Channel in September 2014, and is now in more than 40,000,000 homes in North America and growing.[1]


Programs on JBS reflect and address the diversity and pluralism of the Jewish experience. The JBS Channel features:

  • Daily IBA newscasts from Israel,[4]
  • Live late breaking stories and programs that enable viewers to call in and talk to guests and Friday evening services.
  • Public affairs events
  • American, Israeli and Yiddish films[5]
  • Roundtable discussion of issues facing the Jewish community worldwide
  • Jewish Studies programs including the teaching of Hebrew and commentary on basic tenets of Judaism[5]
  • Children's programs[5]
  • 92nd Street Y presentations[6]
  • Israeli and American Jewish cultural shows[5]
  • Interviews with leading figures on the world Jewish stage and Israel travel documentaries.
  • High Holiday services and original series.[5]
  • From Date to Mate, an original series for Jewish singles, a mockumentary about the urban dating scene.[7]
  • The Wisdom of Ruth Westheimer an original television series produced by and airing on JBS, features Ruth Westheimer, a famous sex therapist, media personality, and author.[8]


JBS's programming is for every Jew with a sense of Jewish identity, and for members of the Jewish community seeking their roots.[9] JBS is not intended exclusively for people of the Jewish religion. Televised offerings are also for anybody with a passion for learning and a desire to gain a greater understanding of Jewish tradition, Jewish life, and the land of Israel.

Notable interviews[edit]

Bernard Lewis, Elie Wiesel, Bret Stephens, Ari Shavit, Elliott Abrams, Michael Oren, Dan Raviv, Yossi Klein Halevi, Yehuda Kurtzer, Aaron David Miller, Danny Ayalon, Anat Hoffman, Jeremy Ben Ami, Peter Beinart, Abe Foxman, David Harris, Jerry Silverman, Steve Gutow, Eric Yoffie, Isi Leibler, Daniel Pipes, Ruth Messinger, Sara Hurwitz, Abigail Pogrebin, Helen Nash, Joan Benny, Henry Winkler, Jackie Mason, David Broza, Noa, Dudu Fisher, Ron Eliran, Joseph Malovany, Harold Kushner, Steven Cohen, Jonathan Sarna, Thane Rosenbaum, Michael Steinhardt, Phyllis Chesler, Kasim Hafeez, David Wolpe, Uri Regev, Shlomo Riskin, Joseph Mendelevitch, Moshe Arens, Peter Yarrow, Moshe Feiglin, Abraham Twerski, Dalia Zadia, Ruth Westheimer, Yitz Greenberg, Rachel Robinson, Ed Koch, Alan Dershowitz, Mike Burstyn, Zalmen Mlotek, Rick Jacobs, Judy Gold, and Matisyahu


The executive staff consists of Rabbi Mark S. Golub (President and Executive Producer), David Brugnone (Chief Marketing Officer), Ellie Cohanim (Senior Vice President), Ron Jacobsohn (Managing Director) Edith Samers (Vice President of Marketing), Sloan Copeland (VP of Production) Darah Golub (Associate Director & Production Manager) Carol Lilienthal (Senior Producer) and Jan Weiss (Executive Assistant).


Television Provider Channel Locations
Antietam Cable TV
Armstrong Cable
Atlantic Broadband
CH 168
Miami Beach, FL
Blue Ridge Communications
CH 215
All service areas
Bright House Networks
Buckeye CableSystem
CH 164
All service areas
CenturyLink Prism
CH 590 in SD and 1590 in HD
All Prism service areas
Click! Network
Cox Communications
Frontier Communications
Google Fiber TV
All service areas
Hotwire Communications
South Florida
Maine and New Hampshire
MetroCast (Maryland)
Optimum TV
All service areas
All service areas
Lehigh Valley, PA
Shalom TV
North America
Service Electric Cable TV
Lehigh Valley, PA and Western NJ
Service Electric Cablevision
Time Warner Cable
TuneIn Radio
North America
Verizon FiOS TV
WOW! (Wide Open West)


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