Has Tech Reached The Tipping Point?

From haredi yeshivas to Hebrew schools, the race is on to adapt to new learning tools.
07/25/2011 - 20:00
Associate Editor

No one standing outside Yeshivas Ohev Shalom would peg it as an educational technology trendsetter.

At Yeshivas Ohev Shalom, all secular studies happen through an online charter school.  Photos courtesy of Yeshivas Ohev Shalom

Jewish Day Schools Look For Online Savings

Computer-based secular studies seen as educationally sound and economical.
07/13/2011 - 20:00
Associate Editor

No one standing outside Yeshivas Ohev Shalom would peg it as an educational technology trendsetter.

This tiny, fervently Orthodox high school is housed in a rundown synagogue in Los Angeles’ Fairfax District, a neighborhood that, like New York’s Lower East Side, has largely transitioned from old-world Jewish to hipster. Even inside — where boys,

Yeshivas Ohev Shalom

Jewish Entrepreneurs At CEA Expo



The Jewish Week's Aaron Herman attends the CEA Line Show in NYC and speaks with David Merel, CEO of Merel Technologies and Birthright I

The Queen Aunts

Savvy Auntie web community, founded by West Sider Melanie Notkin, allows non-moms to vouch for importance of strong niece-nephew bonds.
06/20/2011 - 20:00
Staff Writer

When Conner was born 11 years ago, Andi Rosenthal was 30 and in the process of converting to Judaism. “I had no idea that there was room in my life or in my heart” for Conner and his younger brother, Ryan. “I never anticipated the space that they would create for themselves and how much love would emerge for them. I never knew that they would be just everything to me,” says the Westchester resident.

She expected those emotions from the boys’ parents, she says, but she was just their aunt. Well, not “just.”

Manhattan resident Melanie Notkin.

The Curious Case of Anthony Weiner: A Cautionary Tale

06/08/2011 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

"Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive…"

Sir Walter Scott could not have been more right, as my congressman, Anthony Weiner, discovered this past week. The problems inherent in the lewd pictures, incomprehensibly bad judgment, and arrogant assumption of invincibility were only exacerbated ten times over by the untruths that followed. The whole affair is a tawdry mess, and an embarrassment.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Mixed Media: Lessons In Unplugging

Twenty years later, a book sparks an exchange between author and reader.
05/30/2011 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Writing a book, I recently told a friend, is like putting a message in a bottle and throwing it in the ocean. You never know who might find it, read it and think of it.

It’s been 20 years since I wrote my first book, “The Search for God at Harvard,” and I still occasionally get notes about it from unexpected places. Sometimes I learn more from my correspondents than I ever put in that original bottle.

Jewish Techs to Meet Face to Face

Cross-posted at

It's not uncommon for tech savvy Jews in Cyberspace to develop online relationships with other Jews who frequent some of the same social networking sites and blogs. These relationships, however, often remain in Cyberspace. Sure, there are the occasional conferences and retreats in which techie Jews will meet in the "real world," but most of the communication takes place online.

The NYC Jewish Tech Meetup seeks to bring together Jews who tech for face-to-face networking.

Passover Videos and Apps

Passover is just about here and this year has seen more holiday themed videos and apps than ever before.

Even iPhone apps have entered the Passover preparation business

Just Thinking About Driving on Shabbat

Previously on the "Jewish Techs" blog, I discussed the technical halachic (Jewish legal) minutae surrounding the permissability of using the Amigo Shabbat Scooter from the Israeli-based Zomet Institute. The Shabbat Scooter is made by Michigan-based Amigo, founded by Allan Thieme, which began making the Jewish Sabbath-approved scooters six years ago.

Will rabbis allow a vehicle controlled by the mind to be used on the Jewish Sabbath?
Syndicate content