New Facebook Page

I love using Facebook to stay in touch with friends. Maybe too much sharing. Maybe too many links. Maybe. However, I have recently discovered a serious flaw: you can only have 5,000 friends. That might sound like a lot, and it likely is, but it doesn’t work for me. Thank God there are many people that want to stay in touch, and it’s a blessing. Until I maxed out yesterday.

So after consulting with some friends and members of the community I decided to create a Facebook page which has unlimited numbers of people that I can connect to.

On my page I will be posting as I did on my profile, including pertinent articles, insights that I want to share, events that I will be taking part in, Tweets, and photos to share with the world. We can stay in touch through messages, and we can share and like each other’s posts.

So I hope that you will join me on my new page!

Click here to stay in touch!

Named a Top 10 Jewish Influencer by @JewishTweets and NJOP

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.


@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 ( 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 He also maintains the Facebook presence for both JConnectLA and the Jewlicious Festival, a popular youth event.

Don’t Mess With The Rabbis – Facebook restored my account

It appears that after my post on Jewlicious, and of course the news from MSNBC, NBC, and JPOST all writing about Facebooknacht.

I received a call from the JPost, asking about the hub bub. This afternoon, around 4:30pm. I received notice that we were being re-ordained.

Hi Rabbi,

Your account has been reactivated and you should be able to access it now. Sorry for the inconvenience. Please let me know if you need further assistance.

Thanks for contacting Facebook,

User Operations

“We have Hebron in Israel and Palestine”

Photo from Facebook group

from facebook group against israelFacebook never dreamed it could become anotherbattleground in the war of ideas, words, and politics that surround the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. When Facebook abruptly changed the country of people who live over the green-line to “Palestine” from “Israel”, Israelis were pissed off. Not wanting to be in their shoes for a second, I can understand why Facebook did a 180 so fast. I mean who wants to be in the way of a group of angry Israelis who found themselves virtually living outside of Israel, even as their government discusses keeping them out of a future Israel.

For their part, Palestinians of the West Bank are threatening to leave Facebook if this compromise reached — that allows Israelis living in major Israeli cities to keep their country as Israel—takes place. The ever pro-Arab Reuters reports:

“Facebook users in the Israeli West Bank settlements of Maale Adumim, Beitar Illit, and Ariel can now choose between Israel and Palestine,” Barker said last week in an email to Reuters….

“We also offer Hebron in both Israel and Palestine,” Barker said… about 18 West Bank settlements were currently listed on Facebook and that many more would be added in the future, giving users the option of choosing Israel or Palestine.

This virtual war within the world of Facebook has been continuing for a while, ever since groups for and against listing Palestine and Israel popped up. Various anti-Israel groups think Israel should not be listed, and some groups want to see the label Palestine disappear too.

Palestinian users have set up their own Facebook group whose members threatened to cancel their accounts if Palestine was removed from the site. Called “If Palestine is removed from Facebook… I am closing my account,” the group has over 4,700 members. [ED: This group does exist but has 4,398 members]

“We created this group to let our voices be heard not only among Facebook’s management but all the users, and to tell everyone that Palestine is and will always be a country,” Saif Qadoumi, the group’s 20-year-old founder, told Reuters.

Those familiar with Facebook realize that these members threatening to leave can come from any place, and that 4,700 out of over 15,000,000+ users is nothing for Facebook to loose, well, uhm face, over. And since this group was created by students from Dalhousie University, it seems even further proof that no one in the West Bank is being disenfranchised Facebook-wise.

And the last bit of irony – if Hamas succeeds in capturing the West Bank, those users can kiss Facebook goodbye anyway, because it will be banned as it is in Syria, Burma, Bhutan, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Iran.

ed note: Gawker calls Facebook’s solution “appeasement”