By Emily Winograd During the Pesach season, it is customary to reflect on the blessing of freedom through the story of the Exodus. We live in an era when American Judaism is defined by freedom of choice and diversity of expression. The current conventional wisdom tells us that the availability of so many ways to be Jewish can lead people to either defer making a choice or to simply disengage. However, it also gives rise to one of our greatest … [Read more...] about The Collaboratory: a Diverse Community, a Network that Thrives
by Rabbi Hayim Herring In 2000, I wrote a paper called "Network Judaism", later published in 2001. MySpace was launched in August 2003 and Facebook in February 2004. It’s hard to recall that social media platforms didn't exist that long ago! But if you were tracking trends, you might have anticipated the potential emergence of networked organizations. What we still haven’t fully grasped is the many implications of living in such a socially … [Read more...] about From Network Judaism to Platform Judaism
by Naava Frank The good news is that technology has created unprecedented opportunities for people to meet like-minded peers to learn, collaborate and support each other. The bad news is that so many of these well-meaning and inspiring projects that have enormous potential to help people and strengthen causes, are failing. Not just in the Jewish community, throughout the nonprofit world, hundreds of thousands of dollars (at least) have been … [Read more...] about Why Do So Many Online Communities Fail?
by Ken Gordon So you’re going to the North American Jewish Day School Conference. What’s your social media strategy? That is: How are you going to use all the great communications tools at your disposal to make the most of your conference networking? No entirely sure? No worries. We just happen to have a three-step guide to Socializing the Conference. Scroll down and learn: Step One You must fill out your Weave The People Profile … [Read more...] about North American Jewish Day School Conference Networking Begins with SOCIAL Networking
by Rabbi Hayim Herring One of my findings from interviews with rabbis that I conducted for my book, Tomorrow’s Synagogue Today, was their lack of specific, intentional connections between their personal theology and their congregation’s organizational structure. I asked them how their personal theology influenced their congregational governance, how they worked with volunteers and similar types of issues that are often labeled as the … [Read more...] about A Preliminary Theology of Social Networks