Judaism


New Facebook Marketing Tactic

I recently spoke at a Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) training session about social media with a dear friend and SM phenom, Shana Sisk. While we were talking through some tactics, I mentioned that Facebook has a new marketing tactic that I have found very useful. They are calling it “Promoted Posts.” I did not realize until then that this hadn’t been rolled out system-wide yet. I am very thankful that Facebook choose me and my business page – Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado – to test this new option. It......

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Religiously Observant Athletes

It is fascinating to hear the stories already coming out of the Olympics, especially regarding religiously observant athletes. In particular, the intersection of Ramadan and the Olympics this year. The Islamic calendar is a purely lunar one. What this means is, their months float around on the secular, Gregorian calendar. Thus the month in which they must fast, Ramadan, falls in different seasons. This can become an advantage when the days are short and so are the fasts. Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The Five Pillars are: Shahadah......

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Creating A Return On An Investment…

ROI – in business ROI stands for return on investment… And that is exactly what Lynn Schusterman got from the recent ROI Community Summit in Jerusalem, a return on her investment of the future of the Jewish people. From June 10-14, I attended this summit in Jerusalem with 150 other young Jewish innovators. Out of 600 applications, we were selected as connectors and creators, entrepreneurs and catalysts. From the United States, Israel, England, South Africa, Latvia, Brussels, Turkey, and even Uganda, we represented 30 countries. As a community, we descended on Jerusalem......

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The Tichel vs Sheitel Situation

So you may remember… (and by that I mean you better remember :)) the blog I recently wrote about dressing as my friend Mel and wearing her tichel (scarf). If you haven’t read it yet, that’s ok… read it now. We will wait. I’m Wearing a Tichel! Okay, so my friend Mel had made the choice to only wear tichels after much consideration. Her husband is Sephardi and prefers scarves so that is the way she went… until we attended that wig sale… I walked into the town home to go play......

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I’m wearing a tichel!
Judaism |
March 18, 2012

I’m wearing a tichel!

I am pretty sure that half of my readers just said “huh?” to themselves and another chunk are about to comment “Mazal tov!” 🙂 For the first group: A tichel is a head scarf married Jewish women wear. For the second group and now the first who are in the mazal tov category: No, I have not gotten married. 🙂 Recently we celebrated the Jewish holiday of Purim. My personal favorite holiday of the Jewish year (maybe because I was born on Purim and it is my Hebrew birthday). Purim is NOT......

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My Friend Mayim

That sounds like she is imaginary but it’s not. I am very excited because an article I wrote about Mayim Bialik just went up on Chabad.org. So exciting because I have been A. working on this piece for a while, B. wanting to have an article go live on Chabad for a long time, C. Mayim is amazing and I am so excited to share her awesomeness.     Here’s an except. Go read it! In a sense I had known Mayim Bialik most of my life. I grew up with her......

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The Dating Crisis
Judaism |
March 03, 2012

The Dating Crisis

Dating has been on my mind a lot lately. And by lately I don’t mean the past few days… We are talking months folks. I have been thinking a lot about dating and how to date and who to date and how to find people to date and all sorts of permutations. But it has all come to a head recently as I am no longer single. Very happy to say that, very happy in general. BUT that is not the point. I have been talking to friends over the past few......

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Absolutely Disgusting

I can’t find any other words for it. The new viral movie 180movie.com (I refuse to link to it. Watch it if you want. It’s disgusting.) equates the cold blooded murder of more than 11 million men, women, and children with abortion. The indoctrination of an entire people (the Germans) to view grow adults as subhuman as the same as a personal choice to end a pregnancy. So I guess I have to espouse my own beliefs at this point. I am pro-choice but also a lover of life. Abortion needs to......

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Recharge. Refresh. Return.
Judaism |
February 21, 2012

Recharge. Refresh. Return.

I am returning home from a pilgrimage to one of my spiritual homelands, Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Visiting Crown Heights is a chance for me to plug-in and recharge my Judaism and spirituality. Living in gulous or the diaspora makes Judaism and being observant a challenge. Lack of kosher options, living around people who don’t follow the same rules and who don’t see the reason for them, constantly explaining why and what… It starts to take a toll. And while I love to teach others about my traditions and why I do what......

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L’Havdil – This Week’s Separation and New Year’s

Tomorrow night we will celebrate two important milestones. They both have a similar shoresh (root) but they are different. Tomorrow night, at approx 72 minutes past sunset (click here to get the exact time), we will say baruch hamavdil ben kodesh l’chol… and a few other brachot by the light of a braided candle. We will be doing havdallah. We will be creating a separation between the sacred and the everyday. On Shabbis (Shabbat, Sabbath) we hold our actions to a higher standard than usual. Whether that means you don’t drive or......

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