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Hot Jews. Hot ideas. All cooling off in the pool and grooving on "open space" en Espanol. Seriously, I have got to learn more languages. I suspect if I knew Spanish, I would have been invited to participate in this ROI Gathering, held in Cancun for young, Spanish-speaking Jews involved in projects in Spanish-speaking communities.
View more photos, which look like "Jewish youth conference meets Club Med," here.
I'm really happy to have VideoJew Jay Firestone (of the Jewish Journal) to tell me how to make it in LA. Added bonus: I'm pretty sure that over Simchat Torah in Los Angeles, I met that guy he interviews. So now I know everyone in LA.
Today, congregations all over the world celebrated the completion of one cycle of the Torah and the beginning of the new cycle of reading the text for the new year...
On that theme, I'm thrilled to share with you a friend's project designed to bring the weekly Torah portion into the lives of anyone with a computer...delivering each portion in about four minutes. Called G-dcast, the project uses hip animation to accompany vocals by Jewish writers, thinkers, rabbis, activists and others. The project is a brainchild of Sarah Lefton, an ROIer and amazing package of techno-savvy energy who serves as its producer, and is animated by Nick Fox-Gieg. Matthue Roth, another ROIer and writer/poet in his own right, also serves as Torah supervisor and rounds out the team of three, who all hail from vastly different Jewish backgrounds. Read more about them here.
The first episode went live today, in celebration of Simchat Torah and the reboot of Torah reading for the coming year.
Who else is featured in upcoming G-dcasts? Stay tuned, although I'm guessing you may already know at least one presenter...
I guess my work here is done. I mean, if Wired says blogs are over, what am I still doing here? I wonder what I can do with all the time I used to spend blogging...maybe I should get certified as a yoga instructor or try to devote my time to protesting stuff. Or go to rabbinical school. Or write that screenplay that everyone assumes I've already written and moved here to pursue.
I'm not sure blogs are dead in the world at large. (Perhaps they're just resting. Or they're pining for the fjords (see clip below). I certainly still believe that they can be of use in educational, nonprofit and other environments, and the self-publishing ease that the blog platform presents will certainly continue to be a tool of use. But I guess what Wired is saying is that there are now additional platforms that allow people to publish their text, image and video content, and that blogs as a whole aren't necessary and are now yielding to whatever the next big tech thing is supposed to be.
Wired says that sites like YouTube, Flickr, and Facebook "have since made publishing pics and video as easy as typing text." And it's true. But I'm still a fan of blogging. What about you?
Tired of listening to me endlessly sing the praises of the Israeli TV drama "Serugim," which tells the stories of a group of young Orthodox singles in Jerusalem, because you can't watch it for yourself unless you live in Israel? Well, now New York City is getting its shot at viewing episodes from the buzz-provoking show, at the Israeli Film Festival, coming to the Big Apple in early November (and Miami in December, dates to come).
Thanks to director Laizy Shapira for letting me know about the screenings, so that I can, in turn, let YOU know...
Mark your calendars for November 3rd, 6th, 9th and 11th...Laizy told me that he'd be present at the first screening on the 3rd, so head out to meet this young entertainment revolutionary, and tell him you heard about it from me...he'll totally believe you.
Other things you can tell him? That there should be an Upper West Side crossover episode, which I should co-write. That more Anglos should be integrated into the storylines, since there are so many in Jerusalem. (You can also join this Facebook group, "Bring Stacy, the adorable American neighbor, back to Srugim") Or that he should move production to Los Angeles so that young Jews have yet another venue in which to explore their craft as they explore their heritage. Or feel free to tell him other stuff, too.
If you've ever fallen asleep on the subway and missed your stop -- or felt you had to stay awake so that you DIDN'T miss your stop -- you've realized that it would be great if you could communicate to the other commuters that they should wake you at a certain time, when approaching a certain station. Japan has got you covered, having created a mask with an LED display that indicates the station at which you should be awakened from your sweet subway slumber.
Of course, the device is too expensive for the casual consumer, and indicating that you're asleep on the subway can also make you more vulnerable to pickpocketing, theft, and other lurking dangers of the subterranean transportation system. But the Japanese can't be expected to troubleshoot everything...
I was on the plane from JFK to LAX yesterday and caught some CurrentTV, including this segment from SuperNews, titled "Hipsters in Space," which made me laugh out loud (or LOL, in the local parlance of these interwebs). Just guess which character I am.