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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.

How John Met Jen

11/04/2012 - 19:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

“I had to make sure that she was converting for herself, and not for me,” says John Newmark. Jen says: “I fell in love with both the man and his faith.”

John, a St. Louis grant writer by day, spends much of his free time on penning science fiction and poetry. He performs at poetry slams under the stage name Gavroche. For the constructive criticism and the friendship, he has belonged for more than a decade to WUTA (Writers Under the Arch).

John Newmark and Jen Wallace, married Aug. 22, 2012.

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.

Spreading the Social for Nonprofits

Making a substantial donation to your favorite nonprofit organization is great, but not everyone is in a position to write a big check to the local food pantry, JCC, synagogue or homeless shelter. There are other ways to support the important mission of these organizations. In the 21st century, individuals who use social media to help promote the services provided by nonprofits are helping these institutions in big ways. When a layperson shares the good works of local nonprofits, it is as if that individual works for the nonprofit.

Using social media to help your favorite nonprofit is the new philanthropy

Oy, Sonja.

Once upon a time – about seven months ago – in a land far, far away (Sweden), where there aren’t many Jews, the government decided for PR purposes to give a different citizen control over its Twitter account every week, the only real requirement being that the Twitterer tweet in English.

The idea was that the tweets would naturally broadcast the essence of Sweden as it conceives of itself: open, creative, progressive, eclectic.

@Sweden/Sonja

Tweeting #Torah For Shavuot

05/28/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Some people get ready for Shavuot by making blintzes. Some draft notes on the text to be taught or learned in the wee hours of the morning at one of the all-night sessions during which the giving of the Torah at Sinai is celebrated through study.

And some congregate on Twitter, the micro-blogging website on which posts can be no longer than 140 characters, composing their own tweets of Torah, reading others’ efforts and furiously re-tweeting.

Kosher hashtags: Rabbi Mark Hurwitz organizes “Tweeting #Torah to the Top,” an effort to generate awareness of Shavuot.

Obama Gay Marriage Nod Praised By Many Jewish Groups

05/09/2012 - 20:00

 

A number of Jewish groups praised President Obama's endorsement of gay marriage, and an Orthodox group said it was "disappointed."

"History will regard his affirmation of this core right for the LGBT community as a key moment in the advance of civil rights in America," the Reform movement's Religious Action Center said in a statement Wednesday. "While the President has long publicly supported civil unions, these are distinct from full marriage rights."

Agunah Cases in the Age of Facebook

Cross-posted to Blog.RabbiJason.com

United States Representative Dave Camp is a proud Roman Catholic. The Republican congressman represents Michigan's 4th District in Congress which includes places in Michigan's "Up North" region that Jews only visit for a few days each year. Aside from the handful of families who live in Traverse City year round, Dave Camp likely doesn't give much thought to Jewish people.

Rep. Dave Camp had to close the comments section of his Facebook page due to protests over his staffer's refusal to grant a get

Jewish Non-Profits and Social Media - Do They Get It?

Cross-posted to Blog.RabbiJason.com

As a rabbi who is a social mediaologist, I find myself consulting a lot of synagogues and Jewish nonprofits on their social media strategy. The leaders of these institutions all recognize that they require a social media strategy, but the plan for how it will be implemented varies greatly.

Are Jewish Non-Profits adding social media to their arsenal of marketing tools?

Ex-Congressman Weiner Now A Father

12/21/2011 - 19:00

 

Anthony Weiner, who resigned his Congress seat after lying about tweeting an illicit photo of himself to a 21-year-old supporter, has become a father.

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