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October 13, 2015 | 30th Tishrei 5776

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1Congregation Or Ami
Calabasas, CA

What are your goals in using this technology?

We recognize that community is thriving online, and that a wider range of our congregants (and unaffiliated) are in touch with each other and with our staff over the internet than perhaps arrive in person at the synagogue. Real connections are made online.  Thus Congregation Or Ami endeavors to: 

  • Deepen reach out and reach in through multiple modes of technology: Facebook, Twitter (@CongOrAmi and @RabbiKip), Illuminating News eNewsletters, website, "Spirituality for the Journey" eLearning, Blogs ( and and more; 
  • Create holy conversation, especially through our Jewish Spiritual Seekers blog (http;//
  • Experiment with all levels of technology to explore the intersection between the soul,  Jewish spirituality, and daily living.
  • Develop synergy between the various technology/media. 

What kind of successes have you achieved in using this technology so far?

Through our Jewish Spiritual Seekers blog, we have engaged more than a dozen congregants in regular blog conversations (posts and comments) on different topics of Jewish spirituality; Through our Facebook page, we have celebrated simchas and supported each other during sadness, publicized synagogue happenings and involved people in being there for each other. Through our Rabbi's blog, we have provided a place for people to explore topics of Jewish living; Through our weekly Illuminating News eNewsletter and Rabbi Kipnes' Spirituality for the Journey Friday eLearning, we have taught, discussed, argued, publicized, encouraged reflection, prayed, and more. Through our Twitter accounts, we are developing new venues for connection.

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