FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT JBS
What is JBS - the Jewish Broadcasting Service?
JBS is a free fulltime English- language American Jewish television channel covering the panorama of Jewish life, totally dedicated to Jewish themes. It is independent of any religious denomination or Jewish organization and is a presentation of the 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Jewish Education in Media. Like PBS, we depend on donations from Foundations and individuals for our support.
Hundreds of programs are in the areas of News, Israel, Children, Movies, Jewish Studies and Culture. See more below.
How do I get JBS?
The JBS Channel has its own channel number on each provider as well as internet access via the Roku streaming player, computers, tablets and smart phones. For an up-to-date list of providers, click the Find Us tab. New providers are added periodically. If your provider is not listed, please fill out the Request form on the Find Us page which we will forward to your provider.
How do I know what individual programs are showing and the time they are showing?
There are three ways you can learn what is on JBS:
* Use the Guide button on your television remote control.
* Go to Channel Schedule.
* Sign up for our weekly email on the E-Mail Signup on our home page.
Is JBS a "religious network"?
No. JBS is a mainstream cultural service addressing the entire spectrum of the Jewish community. It is independent of any specific Jewish movement or organization.
Who is JBS?
JBS Jewish Broadcasting Service is a presentation of Jewish Education in Media, a non-profit 501c(3) organization, managed by a team of Jewish and television professionals committed to Jewish life, the State of Israel, and the future of the Jewish people. The Channel’s President and Executive Producer, Rabbi Mark S. Golub, has been involved in Jewish media for 40 years and successfully created the first Russian-language channel for Jews from the former Soviet Union.
Is JBS only for those in the Jewish community?
JBS is for everyone who wishes to learn more about Jewish life, Jewish tradition, Jewish culture, Jewish history, and the Holy Land of Israel.
Are any JBS programs in Hebrew?
As an American-based network, all JBS Jewish Broadcasting Service programs are in English or contain English subtitles. Viewers desiring Hebrew telecasts can enjoy Israeli movies presented in their native language and subtitled in English. JBS Jewish Broadcasting Service also produces an original series “From the Aleph-Bet” for those wishing to learn and understand Hebrew.
What programs will I see on JBS that I can't see on other networks?
Prior to JBS's launch in 2006 when it was known as Shalom TV, there was no English-language cable television channel devoted to Jewish themes and the State of Israel. We have extensive news and news analysis along with a myriad of programs celebrating Jewish culture and exploring issues that make Jewish life vibrant and exciting. For example:
- Daily news from the Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA) in Israel and the JBS News Desk
- On JBS, individuals who enjoy Jewish film festivals can watch Jewish movies, Israeli films, and Yiddish classics.
- On JBS, those interested in the State of Israel can watch English-language news from the Middle East with an Israeli perspective, as well as hear leading Jewish minds debate issues of importance to the Jewish state.
- On JBS, viewers hear brilliant Jewish personalities address world issues, as well as have a front-row seat at major Jewish activities, presentations, exhibitions, and performances. Several of these programs are from the famous 92nd Street Y in New York City.
- On JBS, anyone with a passion for learning can watch various programs on the Jewish tradition (from "Jewish 101" to a "Daf Yomi" study of Talmud), Kabbalah, Jewish history (with documentaries), Hebrew lessons, Jewish cooking, and other wonderful facets of Jewish life.
- On JBS, parents find children's programs that introduce young people to Jewish traditions, the Hebrew language, Jewish songs, and history of the Jewish people.
- Live call-in programs
What can I do if I miss a program I wanted to watch?
* Google The Name: If you know the name of a JBS Jewish Broadcasting Service program, or the name of a guest on JBS Jewish Broadcasting Service, just Google that name plus the words "JBS Jewish Broadcasting Service" -- and the program will appear on your screen for viewing.
Many JBS Jewish Broadcasting Service produced programs are online where they can be watched "on demand” on computers, tablets and smart phones in the following ways:
* YouTube JBS Jewish Broadcasting Service Channel: You can go to the YouTube JBS Jewish Broadcasting Service Channel which groups JBS Jewish Broadcasting Service programs into categories, including "Recent Uploads;" and has a search function to help you find many past JBS Jewish Broadcasting Service programs to watch "on demand".
* The JBS Jewish Broadcasting Service Website Archive: You can go to the JBS Jewish Broadcasting Service website and click on "Archives" at the top of the home page to watch many JBS Jewish Broadcasting Service produced programs
What if I want a copy of a program I enjoyed?
You can order a DVD of JBS Jewish Broadcasting Service produced programs by going to the Support Us on our home page or go to the list of available programs.
What can I do if my television provider does not carry JBS?
You may wish to contact them and express your interest in having Jewish programming. Most providers keep records of phone calls, e-mails, and letters regarding network requests, and these tallies are very important when a television provider decides upon adding new networks. You are also welcome to fill out the Network Request Form on the Find Us page and we will send it to your television provider.