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October 13, 2015 | 30th Tishrei 5776

Creating a YouTube Channel

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Here are instructions on how to set up a YouTube channel for your congregation.  Once videos are added to the channel, you can directly embed them into your website.  Here's how to get started:


A video of Union President Rabbi Eric Yoffie on Youtube.

Go to the YouTube homepage, and in the right-hand corner, go to "Create Account."


Fill out the signup form.  It's advisable that the username be derived from the name of your synagogue, instead of being an individual's name.  Whether or not you'd like receive product-related e-mails or let others find your channel if they have your e-mail address is your own decision.  Once you've filled out that whole form, go to "I accept."


YouTube is a subsidiary of Google, so to use it you need to set up a Google account.  Like with the username, it's best to have a general synagogue e-mail account that can be passed on to future webmasters (e.g. 

If your congregation already has a Gmail account, enter it and the corresponding password on the left-hand side.  Otherwise, you can create a new account on the right.  Again, it's advisable that you create a general account for your congregation, instead of a personal one.


After signing in or creating a new account, you should be successfully registered with YouTube.  That's it!  Now you have a YouTube channel.  To begin adding video, go to "Upload." 


Now go to "Upload Video," and find the video file on your computer that you'd like to add to YouTube.  Videos can be up to 2 GB in size, and up to 15 minutes long.  The smaller the file is, the quicker it will upload.


Once your video has been successfully uploaded, you can embed the video into your website.  To do this, first go to the "Embed" button under views.


You should now see the screen below:


YouTube gives you the ability to customize some aspects of the embeddable video.  It allows you to change the video player's colors and size. 

You can also choose to enable privacy-enhanced mode.  This will prevent YouTube from putting cookies on a persons computer who watches the video from your site.  However, choosing this option will not count people as having "viewed" the video unless they see it on, as opposed to your congregation's website.

Once you've made your customizations, copy the HTML, and paste it into your website. 

The video you uploaded to YouTube should now appear!

In the future, you can log in to your YouTube account by just going to "Sign In."  Once you do log in, you can view videos you've added by going to the upside down triangle next to the username, and then to "My Videos."  To add more videos, go to "Upload."


If you have any questions, please e-mail us at  We also invite you to leave comments about your experience with adding videos to YouTube below.

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