Posts Tagged: social media
2013 URJ Biennial

Twitter as a Means to Process a Professional Conference: Reflections on @URJ’s Biennial13



It happens every time. I forget how truly overwhelming the Union for Reform Judaism’s Biennial convention will be. I know that I will be busy with sessions, presentations and meetings. I know that I will walk (and walk and walk); that I will learn, talk, laugh and sing. And I know that I won’t nearly […]

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2013 URJ Biennial

Join the Virtual Biennial Experience!



Can’t join us next week at the URJ Biennial? You can be a part of the convention from the comfort of your own home! We’ll be live-streaming all plenary sessions and Shabbat worship at www.urj.org/biennial, or you can watch the sessions on cable when they play live on JLTV. You can also join the conversation […]

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How a Whole Congregation Wrote its Rabbi’s Yom Kippur Sermon



Utilizing a process called the Social Sermon, I developed my Yom Kippur morning sermon this year in partnership with Facebook Friends, TED ,and a group of insightful congregants. To be blunt, this year, the whole Congregation Or Ami wrote its rabbi’s Yom Kippur sermon. Where Great Sermon Ideas Come From Rabbis explore sermon ideas from […]

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Determining Your Communal DNA



by Lisa Colton What is a synagogue? A congregation? A community? We are more than a nonprofit organization, or a local center, or a collection of people who share certain practices or get together for holidays. It feels significant to me that words like “congregation” and “community” are grammatically singular but inherently refer to a […]

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Hanging Out Around the Virtual Campfire



A group of five or six girls sitting around, talking, laughing to the point of tears. The scene could be anyone, anywhere, and it has repeated itself countless times over the years: on a bunk bed at Greene Family Camp, around the campfire under the stars, in dorm rooms, and now, a few years after […]

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Shabbat is a Time to Unplug



Shabbat is a time to unplug. Otherwise, there will be no Shabbat. Many, many Reform Jews have had no Shabbat for a very long time. Even when we want to be attentive to the holy, we can’t seem to do it. In our sophisticated, highly educated community, the pace of our lives has long been […]

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Marriage Equality: Carrying the Movement Forward



by Rabbi Peter Rigler As a rabbi, I believe that we need to recognize the sanctity in same sex marriages and monogamous relationships in the strongest possible way. The key issue in the sanctity of a relationship is a commitment to exclusivity and to elevating the relationship to a state of kedusha, holiness. When two […]

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Social Media: It’s Not You, It’s Me



by Istvan “Isti” Bardos On an episode of Seinfeld, the character George Costanza and his girlfriend are breaking up. The girlfriend says, “It’s not you. It’s me.” George replies incredulously, “You’re giving me the ‘it’s not you, it’s me’ routine? I invented ‘It’s not you. It’s me.’ Nobody tells me it’s them, not me. If […]

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No Secret Handshake – Just a Code and a Reader



by SooJi Min Every Wednesday morning, the senior staff of Temple Beth Emeth meets for a couple hours. The structure is usually the same – d’var torah, highlights from the week, cholim (a discussion of those who are ill), and updates. It was on one such morning – April 18, 2012 to be exact – […]

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Making the New Holy



by Rabbi Gary Glickstein Rav A.I. Kook, the former Chief Rabbi of Palestine, often remarked that our role as Jews is to fulfill the vision that “The old shall be renewed, and the new shall be made holy.” (Letters vol. I, p. 214) Last month The New York Times reported on a high-tech High Holiday […]

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Making the Most of Your Congregation’s Online Presence



If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it still make a sound? More importantly, does the sound it makes matter? Such is the case with social media. Active, fantastic social media accounts are nothing without followers and fans. Here are a few tips for driving traffic […]

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What James Bond Can Teach Us About Being Tech-Savvy



by Rabbi Adam Grossman “Bond, James Bond.” Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the film series this past October, this famous introduction – expressed in the initial film, Dr. No, and uttered in every movie since – personifies pure confidence and sophistication. This leads the fictional character to be calm, cool, and collected no matter the […]

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Social Media: What Should We Say?



So you’ve set up a Twitter account for your congregation. Mazel tov! But… now what?! No need to stare blankly at your computer trying to figure it out. Here are a few suggestions to get you started and to keep you going. Ask questions. The more interaction you generate with followers, the better. Ask what […]

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What Are Your Favorite Shabbat Memories?



In “Shabbat Home Ritual,” originally published in Ten Minutes of Torah, rabbinical student Sarah Fishman writes of her family’s Shabbat traditions, including nerot, lighting the candles, saying kaddish, the blessing over the candles, and eating braided challah. “As life’s daily commotions permeate our homes,” Fishman writes, “home-based Shabbat rituals become increasingly valuable. This morning, we […]

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