Social Media

‘Not Abe,’ ADL Head Pursues Same Goals, But With New Style

Jonathan Greenblatt focusing on social media to reach younger Jews.

02/03/2016 - 09:05
Editor and Publisher

In late December, Jonathan Greenblatt, who assumed the professional helm of the Anti-Defamation League last summer, wrote a blog post highly critical of Iran. He described the country as “one of the world’s leading human rights violators” and pointed out that “if anything, Iran has stepped up its abuses in recent months.” (The ADL opposed the Iran deal.)

Gary Rosenblatt

When Man Repeller Meets Infatuation And CrazyJewishMom

Social media celebrities discuss fame, fervent followers and Facebook activism in the digital age.

10/12/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The event is about to begin — please power all devices on.  That’s how UJA-Federation of New York began its annual kickoff event for its younger donors last Thursday evening.

Moderator Hindy Poupko, left, with Kate Siegel, Andrew Steinthal, Chris Stang and Leandra Medine. UJA-Federation of NY

J Street’s Beyoncé Spoof Urges Netanyahu To “Put A Border On It”

09/30/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

J Street seems to be taking a lesson from Beyoncé, and it's not singing lessons.

The American advocacy group pushing for a two-state peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians has released a cartoon urging Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to more decisively define Israel’s boarders as a first step toward a negotiated peace.

Courtesy of J Street

Hey, Jewish Orgs: #ResistFads

The Jewish community needs to consider the possibility that social media is a bad investment.

05/05/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Last week, in the run-up to Yom HaShoah the Israel Defense Forces' Interactive Media Branch called on their followers to "contribute to Holocaust remembrance" by posting "a photo of yourself together with a Holocaust survivor on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #WeAreHere."

Russel Neiss

Elul In A Time Of Social Media

08/14/2013 - 20:00

That I spend a lot of time thinking about community should hardly come as a surprise, since being a congregational rabbi is all about fostering a sense of community.  I want the members of my congregation to feel that their synagogue is a second home for them.  And, of course, the synagogue itself needs to relate to the larger community as a whole. 

When all is said and done, this is my work– my professional responsibility.  Yes, of course I teach, and preach, officiate at weddings and funerals, and do all the other things that pulpit rabbis do.  That, too, is my work.  But it all flows from a larger sense of “belonging” that hopefully is what binds my members to our particular synagogue setting.

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik is spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center.

A Pitch To Report Cyber Hate

07/29/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

In the aftermath of Ryan Braun’s suspension from Major League Baseball for the use of performance-enhancing drugs, social media networks have witnessed an outpouring of impassioned commentary, including many anti-Semitic remarks made against Braun — nicknamed “The Hebrew Hammer” for his Jewish heritage.

Abraham H. Foxman

The Politics of Israel in Social Media

Spending a week in Israel earlier this month I kept my eyes open to the way Israelis use technology. Even on my first visit over 18 years ago I noticed that Israelis thirsted for the latest tech gadgets. Being a country that struggled with telecommunications early on in its existence made Israel primed for a telecom revolution. In the first decades of statehood, stories permeated about families who waited years just to get a telephone in their home. So when mobile communications took off in the middle of the 1990s, Israelis were eager to adopt the new technology.

Laura Ben David was shocked to look at her Facebook profile and see her location changed from Israel to Palestine.

The First War Played Out On Social Networks

Social media changes the zeitgeist in ways we couldn't have imagined. As we saw with the recent presidential election, opinions and attacks now travel at the speed of light. And so it should be no surprise that the ongoing Middle East conflict in Gaza between the Palestinians and Israelis has escalated into a Cyber war.

Synagogues, Social Media & Sandy

Hurricane Sandy was the first major U.S. storm of the Twitter era. Like so many others, I was following the storm using social media, including Facebook and Twitter updates. Worried about friends in the East Coast, I tried to gauge just how devastating this act of nature was going to be.

One thing I noticed was that synagogues and temples along the Eastern corridor were using new media communication efforts to keep their membership informed about the storm, the cancellation of schools and programs, and to offer help to those in need (both during and after the storm).

During and after Hurricane Sandy synagogues that had power used social media to keep congregants informed.
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