Thank you NJOP for this honor. The Internet and Social Media are a powerful conduit for ideas, education, and inspiration for Jews around the globe. I take the issue of online Jewish content very seriously, even if some of my postings are irreverent in nature. Blogging and using the web to bring forward important issues in the Jewish world is part of being a catalyst for a dynamic Jewish renewal and fighting the continuing trend of disaffiliation and assimilation. Additionally, because so many Jews are disconnected from Jewish life and community, the web affords Jews to be in touch with spiritual leaders, community leaders, and other Jewish personalities on a personal level that never existed before the Interweb Revolution.
NATIONAL JEWISH OUTREACH PROGRAM REVEALS WINNERS OF THE FIRST JEWISH INFLUENCER AWARDS
@JewishTweets – Jewish Lifestyle Twitter Feed – Recognizes 10 Jewish Influencers in Social Media during Social Media Week 2012
New York, NY – (February 13, 2012) The National Jewish Outreach Program (www.njop.org) tonight announced the recipients of the first “Jewish Treats: Jewish Influencer Awards” during the organization’s 18th annual dinner. The announcement was listed as part of Social Media Week (SMW12) which kicked off earlier in the day.
Finalists were selected by an expert panel of judges and evaluated based on creative and strategic use of social media to positively impact the Jewish community. Winners will be listed on the NJOP website, featured on @JewishTweets and invited to participate in 2012 NJOP social media programming.
“We launched @JewishTweets in March 2008 and from the outset, embraced it for the way it allows us to connect with people everywhere. It has allowed us not only to be heard, but to listen and be inspired by others every day,” said Ephraim Z. Buchwald, founder and director of the National Jewish Outreach Program. “In particular, we wanted to take time to recognize some of those who are leveraging the power of social media to raise Jewish social consciousness and shine a positive light on Jewish life.”
2012 Jewish Treats: Jewish Influencer Awards
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein @RabbiYonah
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein is the executive rabbi for JConnectLA, which hosts events to help young Jews “connect to something bigger”.A popular blogger, Bookstein’s writings regularly appear in The Huffington Post, Jewlicious and LA’s JewishJournal.com. He also maintains the Facebook presence for both JConnectLA and the Jewlicious Festival, a popular youth event.