Dixie Chicks and Bar/Bat Mitzvahs

Last Updated on Monday, 29 November 2010 07:56 Written by bryfy Monday, 29 November 2010 07:55

It’s been a while since I posted last so it must be something big that has brought me back into the blogosphere….

By now many of you may have already read the New York Times November 19, 2010, article: Bar Mitzvah Studies Take to the Web

You may in fact be one of the 61 people to have commented on that article. Or you may have already been drawn into another person’s blog on the topic including: The Fifth Child, Next Level Jewish Education, Cantor’s Canvas

It appears that this article has struck a nerve – people (that would be Jews, are really taking notice of this one)

Interesting given that in recent months similar themed articles have appeared in many Jewish Press Outlets and raised barely a tweet.

What is it about this New York Times article that appears to have raised such consternation?

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Shanah Tovah

Last Updated on Wednesday, 8 September 2010 04:12 Written by bryfy Saturday, 4 September 2010 03:37

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Brave New Tech World Awaits Jewish Education

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 August 2010 08:05 Written by bryfy Wednesday, 18 August 2010 08:03

This year I attended a Yom Ha’Atzmaut celebration. There were hundreds of kids from Israel, San Francisco, New York and Turkey eating falafel and dancing to Hadag Nachash, Israel’s premier hip-hop band.

I happened to be in my living room, and this dance party was taking place on computer screens against the backdrop of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. The dancing students were avatars created by Jewish students from across the world. The context was a course being taught in several Jewish day schools and supplemental programs about Jewish peoplehood — and it was all taking place within a virtual world.

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