technology

Yenta Helps Single Jews Find Each Other Through GPS

When I received an email from Luba Tolkachyov, the co-founder of a new Jewish singles app, I was intrigued. Luba wrote, “I’ve been following your writing on Jewish Tech and thought you may be interested in Yenta, a new location based mobile phone application for Jewish singles.”

Like a virtual matchmaker, the Yenta mobile app locates like-minded Jewish singles in a crowded room.

Summer Camp Online Photos

Like many parents I was concerned that my son wasn’t getting enough sleep while he was away at sleep-away camp. As it turns out, it was my wife’s lack of sleep that posed a bigger concern. Each night beginning around 11:30 she would sit anxiously in front of the computer screen scanning each new photograph as it was uploaded from the camp. It was a slow process that lasted well into the wee hours.

Just because summer camps have the technology to post daily photos for neurotic parents doesn't mean they should.

Will ‘Startup Nation’ Fuel Jewish Ed-tech?

Online resources, many Israel-based, are slowly emerging for day schools — impact on teachers is the ‘No. 1’ question.

08/07/2012
Associate Editor

When Smadar Goldstein made aliyah 14 years ago, she didn’t anticipate long hours in front of a computer, a headset with earphones and microphone her constant fashion accessory.

“I wanted to teach Tanach,” she said, using the Hebrew word for the Bible. “But here, every Noach and Rachel is a Tanach teacher.”

Smadar Goldstein teaches online from her home in Jerusalem. MICHAEL DATIKASH

Fielding Jewish Legal Questions by Text Message

Like many rabbis, Rabbi Shlomo Aviner receives many requests for religious advice. A hundred years ago, Jewish people would put pencil to paper and send off their question to the rabbi and then await a response. At the end of the last century, email inquires became popular. Today, it’s not uncommon for rabbis to receive text messages from their congregants asking them to render a decision.

Rabbi Shlomo Aviner will respond to hundreds of text message inquiries a day.

Early Ideas For Chanukah Gifts

As the holidays approach its time to get the ones you love the perfect gift. We had the opportunity to attend the CEA Line Show NYC and got first hand look into the newsiest and innovative products and gadgets on the market today.

IDF Posts Photo Of Gay Soldiers On Facebook

06/12/2012

The recent international Gay Pride celebrations have not skipped over the the Israel Defense Forces. On Monday, the IDF Spokesperson’s Office posted an illustrative photograph on its Facebook page of two male soldiers, ostensibly from combat units, holding hands under the headline: “It’s Pride Month. Did you know that the IDF treats all of its soldiers equally?”

Jewish Version Of TED Talks Launched

05/08/2012
Editor And Publisher

At last, the Jewish community has its very own version of TED — sort of.

Novelist Dara Horn spoke on anti-Semitism at the “ELI talks” event in Atlanta.

Google Earth Images Show Hezbollah Building New Bases

05/08/2012

 Hezbollah has been building new bases and facilities in southern Lebanon and in the eastern Bekaa Valley near the Syrian border, the Lebanese Daily Star reported Tuesday, basing the report on recently uploaded Google Earth satellite images.

Facebook Won't Be Used to Publicize This Rally

If Al Gore actually did invent the Internet, as he once claimed, he would be the least popular guy in any ultra-Orthodox neighborhood. It is clear that the fervently Orthodox Jewish leaders really despise the Internet and technology because they're willing to spend over $1.5 million in a rally against it next month in Queens, New York.

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