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This booklet is dedicated to the memory of my dad, Louis Cohen (July 28, 1923 – April 4, 2011). He had the rare, natural ability to understand how to work with people. His greatest goal in life was to make people smile and laugh. He succeeded. Alan R. Cohen Feb. 13, 2014 acohen843@journalist.com Alan R. Cohen © 2014 All Rights Reserved 2
This booklet is dedicated to the memory of my dad, Louis Cohen  July 28, 1923     April 4, 2011 . He had the rare, natural...
Table of Contents Starbucks Sabbath - Scheduling Time With Yourself .................................................................................... 4 Why We Rest on Shabbat ............................................................................................................................. 4 The Beauty of Jewish Music .......................................................................................................................... 5 Jewish Women Entrepreneurs ...................................................................................................................... 6 Random Acts of Kindness.............................................................................................................................. 7 Random Acts of Kindness Week - Random Mitzvahs ................................................................................... 8 The Accidental Talmudist and the Adventure Rabbi .................................................................................... 9 Jewish Tweets ............................................................................................................................................. 10 The One-Minute Seven Habits Chicken Soup ............................................................................................. 11 The Religion Within You .............................................................................................................................. 12 Guest Author Sharon Rosen ShivaConnect ................................................................................................. 13 Synagogue Management - The Comic Strip ................................................................................................ 14 Synagogue Management - It's Product Management ................................................................................ 15 Margarine is a Great Invention for Jews ..................................................................................................... 16 Jewish Apps ................................................................................................................................................. 16 Learning About Judaism with Pinterest ...................................................................................................... 17 Alan R. Cohen © 2014 All Rights Reserved 3
Table of Contents Starbucks Sabbath - Scheduling Time With Yourself .........................................................
Starbucks Sabbath - Scheduling Time With Yourself September 21, 2013 I'm reading the book, "Onward" by Howard Schultz where he talks about how he reinvigorated Starbucks after it recent decline. He uses the term, "third place" to describe Starbucks. The first place is your home, the second place is work, and the third place is a coffee shop or other place where you can meet people, work, or the term Howard uses in his book - reconnect with yourself. That term, "reconnect with yourself" hits home with me because the concept of scheduling time with yourself has always been important to me. The Jewish Sabbath has always been important to me. I don't observe it in the traditional sense, I drive, use a computer, and do other activities that aren't suppose to be done, but I believe, I observe the essence of the Sabbath, and take time for reflection. I'm reading this book and writing this post in Starbucks. Thinking back, when I want to schedule time with myself, reconnect, write, I most often do it at a coffee shop or at the coffee cafe section at a bookstore. I call these moments "Starbucks Sabbaths". Need time to reflect? To schedule some time with yourself? Find a "third place" where you can relax and think. Why We Rest on Shabbat October 02, 2013 I have a fascination with Shabbat. I see it as a day to rest and reflect from the past week of work. I've written posts about Shabbat - Starbucks Sabbath - Scheduling Time With Yourself and Schedule Time With Yourself . In this busy world with the rush to be first, where judgments are made based on soundbites, taking a step back is important. An article from Aish provides a different way of looking at Shabbat. "When Shabbat arrives, we are commanded to cease interfering with the world. We no longer assert our mastery over it, changing it from its natural state. We may not build, burn, work the earth – or even pick a flower. Any act that changes the earth from its natural state in the smallest way contradicts the spirit of Shabbat. We cease doing acts of creation – and by so doing, attest that the world as created by God is perfect." Click here to read more. Alan R. Cohen © 2014 All Rights Reserved 4
Starbucks Sabbath - Scheduling Time With Yourself September 21, 2013 I m reading the book,  Onward  by Howard Schultz wher...
The Beauty of Jewish Music Thursday, October 03, 2013 - 06:00 Special to the Jewish Journal I was raised on Jewish music. The voices of the Barry Sisters, the sounds of Mickey Katz and his Kosher Jammers, and the humor of Allen Sherman were as common as my parents’ voices. Jewish music is still special to me today. What I enjoy most about this type of music is its flexibility. "Papirosn," written by Herman Yablonkoff (Chaim Yablonik), was a hit for the composer as a Yiddish folk song that tells the sad story of a little boy selling cigarettes to survive. Terry Gibbs, a jazz vibraphonist, had a hit playing the song as a swing instrumental. Klezmer bands have also had success with this song. Like many Jewish songs, its melody is translatable into different meanings. Here is a link to a beautiful Klezmer version of this song: michelvanderburg.com/2012/09/21/papirosn/. One of my favorite Jewish songs is "Bei Mir Bistu Shein" (To Me You’re Beautiful). Sammy Cahn heard a performance of this song in Yiddish. He loved the song and asked his boss, Jenny Grossinger, to buy the rights from Sholom Secunda (composer) and Jacob Jabobs (lyricist). Cahn and Saul Chaplin wrote new English lyrics, and Cahn convinced an unknown group called the Andrews Sisters to sing it. Many others, including Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald, Ziggy Elman and the Barry Sisters have had a hit with this beautiful song. Watch http://youtu.be/gQHXR8h4woQ and http://youtu.be/2PltU53lgBo. There is a special place in my heart for classical and instrumental music. I’ve always found something special in the sounds of instruments that words cannot express. The Alter Rebbe said it perfectly: "Melodies with words have their limit. But a plain melody has the ability to take the soul beyond all limitations." I think this sentiment is beautifully expressed in Steven Isserlis’s performance of "Ravel’s Kaddish for Cello and Strings." Watch http://youtu.be/N8KIUXxz7Ys. There is a wealth of beautiful Jewish music — Yiddish, Klezmer, Chassidic and so on. iTunes, YouTube and other sites make it easy to explore this music. I’ve made two "mix tapes" to help you get started. Click on 8tracks.com/acohen413/klezmer-spirit for a Klezmer Spirit mix, and 8tracks.com/acohen413/jewish-memories-1 for a Jewish Memories mix. Enjoy! Alan R. Cohen © 2014 All Rights Reserved 5
The Beauty of Jewish Music Thursday, October 03, 2013 - 06 00 Special to the Jewish Journal I was raised on Jewish music. ...
Jewish Women Entrepreneurs February 09, 2014 I read two interesting articles in a recent edition of the Forward, Ultra-Orthodox Women Act on Sheryl Sandberg's 'Lean In' Gospel - Starting a Business Can Be Kosher for Jewish Mothers and One Hasidic Housewife's Inspiring — and Unusual — Journey to College and Beyond From Satmar to Sarah Lawrence. What interested me most about these stories was the idea of taking personal responsibility for your life. Too often, we hear people complaining about that it's Obama's fault that there are no jobs, the Republicans are creating bottlenecks to job growth, it's not my fault, I have no choice and so on. It's easier to complain and to blame than to try and fix the problem as it relates to you. The people in these articles decided to make the choice to succeed, to look at their lives and their values, and to make positive choices. The Jewish Woman Entrepreneur Group was also mentioned. This group provides resources, mentoring, community, and events to help Jewish women entrepreneurs succeed. Starting a business is a learning process. In addition to what you learn from your customers, there is a wealth of information needed to get your business running. You know you have a great idea or product but you need to let the world know. The internet is the home to many sites that provide classes that you can take from the comfort of your home to help make your business a success. Need to brush up on your math skills? Khan Academy is the site to visit. All of the classes are free. It also offers Economics, Technology, and other classes. The interviews with entrepreneurs is well worth listening to. Coursera offers free courses from universities across the globe. These classes consist of video lectures, quizzes, and online forum discussions. Skillshare offers a variety of reasonably-priced courses. In addition to other subjects, they provide technology, business, advertising, and writing and publishing classes. SkillCrush, a company started by a woman, also provides technology classes. If you are new to programming or just want to get an idea what programming is like, try the free classes at HacketyHack. Starting a business is a very personal endeavor. It challenges your belief in your idea, your skills, and yourself. However, you are not alone. Organizations like The Jewish Women Entrepreneur provide mentoring and support. The educational sites listed in this blog post will provide you knowledge to help you meet your goals and help as you make your company a reality. Alan R. Cohen © 2014 All Rights Reserved 6
Jewish Women Entrepreneurs February 09, 2014 I read two interesting articles in a recent edition of the Forward, Ultra-Ort...
Random Acts of Kindness January 26, 2014 My friend Jeff and I love to perform random acts of kindness. For example, we're walking through a store and overhear an employee say that he or she can't wait for a moment to get a cup of coffee. We will get that employee a coffee, pay for it, and deliver it to him or her. It is great seeing the surprise and smile on the employee's face. Random acts of kindness are easy to perform. You may be waiting in line at a store and the person in front of you is short some change for his or her purchase. Give them the change. These acts don't have to involve money. A few weeks ago I was in a Starbucks and just finished reading the book How Starbucks Saved My Life. I asked the employee behind the counter if she would like the book. She said that she had heard about the book and wanted to read it. I gave it to her. She said, "Really?" I replied, "Yes, Enjoy the book." Why random acts of kindness? I like to just say, why not, but I'll offer a suggestion. It seems everyone is in their own world today, concerned about their own lives and activities, and don't care about others. It's the "what's in it for me" syndrome or the "I have my rights, but I forget that you also have rights" syndrome. Being nice to people reminds us of civility and the need for community. I tend to be a solitary person, but a sense of community is important to me. Holding a door for a person and making him or her smile is nice. People talk about the good old days and making America as it once was. Any change you desire begins with you making and living that change. Complaining or reminiscing doesn't work. A random act of kindness is a good start. I could continue justifying random acts of kindness. But to be honest, I'd prefer to say, "why not." Trust me, the dollar or two you pay for someone's coffee will give you far more joy than you can imagine. Perform a random act of kindness. Alan R. Cohen © 2014 All Rights Reserved 7
Random Acts of Kindness January 26, 2014 My friend Jeff and I love to perform random acts of kindness. For example, we re ...
Random Acts of Kindness Week - Random Mitzvahs February 10, 2014 This week Feb 10th to Feb 16th is Random Acts of Kindness week. Readers of this blog know that I love to perform random acts of kindness. I wrote about this in a past post. Performing a random act of kindness or mitzvah (a good deed) is not difficult to do. It can be as simple as holding the elevator to let someone in, to let someone pass you on the highway, saying good morning to people you see on the way to work or school, or simply making someone smile. However, if you want to perform a random act of kindness but not sure how, the Random Act of Kindness site lists plenty of ideas for you to choose from. One of my favorite acts listed is performing an act of kindness daily but remaining anonymous. To me, that is the highest type of act of kindness because it is the right thing to do and you are not concerned with receiving credit or acknowledgement. In the Jewish religion, this type of act is rated as the second highest form of tzedakah. Maimonides says that, while the second highest form of tzedakah is to give donations anonymously to unknown recipients, the highest form is to give a gift, loan, or partnership that will result in the recipient supporting himself instead of living upon others. While Maimonides talks about donations, many times, a non-monetary act of kindness has more value to the person receiving it than money. You can also become a RAKtivist (TM), an activist of random acts of kindness. Don't worry what your friends think or that they will start singing Kumbaya. If you believe it is the right thing to do, just do it. The Random Acts of Kindness site contains a wealth of interesting information. Check it out. And...do something nice today; perform a random act of kindness. Alan R. Cohen © 2014 All Rights Reserved 8
Random Acts of Kindness Week - Random Mitzvahs February 10, 2014 This week Feb 10th to Feb 16th is Random Acts of Kindness...
The Accidental Talmudist and the Adventure Rabbi September 23, 2013 The internet provides a wealth of information about Judaism. There are websites, blogs, online courses, etc. Today, I want to introduce you to two interesting sites, The Accidental Talmudist and The Adventure Rabbi. The Accidental Talmudist From the Jewish Journal, March 1, 2012, "This week marks the seventh anniversary of an errand that changed my life. On March 2, 2005, I went to The Mitzvah Store on Pico Boulevard in order to buy a book. I was in my seventh year of being a practicing Jew, and I had probably visited the shop a dozen times. After finding the needed book, I glanced over at the shelves of Talmud. Every set looked like three Encyclopedia Britannicas and, as usual, I was totally intimidated." Salvador Litvak (Facebook page) read the entire Talmud and now shares what he learned in his columns in the Jewish Journal. He provides interesting thoughts in everyday language. Whether you read the Talmud or have no idea what the Talmud is, you will enjoy his columns and posts on his Facebook page. The Adventure Rabbi Jaimie Korngold (Facebook group) is the Adventure Rabbi. What is an adventure rabbi? From her site, "Surrounded by the raw wonder of creation, Rabbi Korngold helps people experience an inner peace and an abiding connection to That Which is Greater Than Ourselves. In the wilderness, she believes, it is possible to distance ourselves from politics and protocol and allow the awareness of the connectedness of all things to permeate our souls." It is a concept that I believe in. The Adventure Rabbi Program is one where nature is an integral part and which relates to many people. There are many ways to express Judaism or any religion. My dad always told me, "It is not how often you go to a house of God, how often you pray, or how often you observe the holidays. What is most important is that you act as a good person every day and how you treat people every day." Incorporate my dad's philosophy with any form of Judaism or any religion and the world will be a better place. Alan R. Cohen © 2014 All Rights Reserved 9
The Accidental Talmudist and the Adventure Rabbi September 23, 2013 The internet provides a wealth of information about Ju...
Jewish Tweets September 25, 2013 I am a big fan for using the Internet as a medium for religious expression. There are many online tools, Google Circles, LinkedIn, Facebook, etc. Twitter is one of my favorites. Here are some interesting Jewishrelated Twitterers. News-related     Israel @israel The Jewish Daily Forward @jdforward The Jerusalem Post @Jerusalem_Post Jewish Tweets @JewishTweets Blogs/Organizations      Chabad @chabad Jewish Internet Defense Force @jidf Union for Reform Judaism @urj JewSchool @jewschool.com Rabbis Without Borders @rwbcial Rabbis          Rabbi 4 Human Rights @rhreng Rabbi David Wolpe @RabbiWolpe Rabbi Jamie Korngold @adventurerabbi Rabbi Manis Friedman @ManisFriedman Rabbi Phyllis Sommer @imabima Rabbi Rami @rabbirami Rabbi Sacks @rabbisacks Rabbi Sholom Dubov @rabbidubov Rabbi Shmuley @RabbiShmuley Please feel free to share others with me. Alan R. Cohen © 2014 All Rights Reserved 10
Jewish Tweets September 25, 2013 I am a big fan for using the Internet as a medium for religious expression. There are man...
The One-Minute Seven Habits Chicken Soup February 05, 2014 I have always had an interest in leadership and what makes people successful. This interesat came to life while observing sports and my interest in business. I was curious about why one of two equal teams in a championship game wins and the other loses. What does the coach tell the players? How do you create the edge that gives one team the championship? The same is true in business and work. Many companies offer a better product or service than their competitor but often end up being the one behind in the competition. A group of smart employees begin working at a company the same day. Soon a leader emerges while the others just do well. Why? I began reading many business self-help/leadership books, for example, The One Minute Manager, The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People, etc. These and other related books offer a wealth of advice that will help you become better if you incorporate that knowledge into your life. The secrets that lead to success are not difficult nor are they a secret: plan, prepare, practice, perform. Dot the "I's" and cross the "T's". Think about the other person's point of view before yours. Don't rest on your laurels. Recently, a friend of mine, a rabbi, gave me a copy of the book, Chicken Soup to Warm the Neshama. This book can also help you on your path to success or worst case scenario - make you a better person...if you put the advice within its pages into action. Note: Each person has his or her own definition of success. For one, it may be creating a company, for another, it may be becoming a better parent or spouse. What I like about this book is it reminds you of the common sense advice that your parents, grandparents, a teacher, etc. told you. The book is a collection of short stories that teach you lessons. This is a great format because everyone loves stories. People buy iPhones because Apple tells the story that good design is important and to think differently. The book, Rich Dad, Poor Dad, teaches the basics of financial literacy in the form of a story. Every founder of a dotcom has a story why he or she started their company. Let me whet your appetite with a saying that appears at the end of a story titled, (Dis)Ability. Disability: Why focus on the 'dis' when you can focus on the 'ability'? - Tzvi Burston Who hasn't focused on the 'dis' instead of the talents or skills that they, themselves, have. One of the basic principles for being successful whether starting a business, being successful at a job, or being happy in life is to focus on what you do well, not on what you can't do. You may be very good at selling but you want to be a professional musician. However, you can't sing and have no musical ability, even your premiere selling skills won't convince anyone that you have what it takes to be a professional musician. However, your excellent selling skills may lead the way to a successful career managing musicians or starting a music-related business. In future posts, I'll write about a few of the stories that I really find interesting. If you can, get a copy of Chicken Soup to Warm the Neshama. You'll enjoy reading it. Alan R. Cohen © 2014 All Rights Reserved 11
The One-Minute Seven Habits Chicken Soup February 05, 2014 I have always had an interest in leadership and what makes peop...
The Religion Within You February 04, 2014 Like other religions, Judaism consists of many variations. There are: Chasidic Jews, Orthodox Jews, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist, Humanistic, Baal Teshuva movement, Renewal, and Messianic Jews. Each speaks its message to those that want to or need to hear it. Regardless of the label, we are all Jews. My dad had a simple definition about what it means to be a Jew or a member of any religion. It doesn't matter how many times you go to a house of God, it is how you treat people every day. His definition was simple and straight to the point. It didn't matter if you were Orthodox, Reform, or Messianic. For my dad, religion was a verb. I agree with my dad. There is much to learn from each type of Judaism. There are benefits to studying Jewish text and going to services. However, if you don't put the lessons you learn into your everyday life, you are wasting your time. You can learn every facet of Judaism or any religion. However, if you don't put that learning to use, you haven't learned anything. I enjoy learning from my friends who are Chasidic rabbis. There are some aspects of Renewal Judaism that I find interesting. However, whatever the label, it doesn't matter . . . as long as I am good and treat people fairly every day. Alan R. Cohen © 2014 All Rights Reserved 12
The Religion Within You February 04, 2014 Like other religions, Judaism consists of many variations. There are  Chasidic J...
Guest Author Sharon Rosen ShivaConnect September 26, 2013 ShivaConnect was developed by Sharon Rosen, who turned to the internet for help when her beloved Mother passed away. She searched for local Jewish funeral homes and information about Jewish shiva customs, sent emails to friends thanking them for their support and to tell them of her mother’s passing. Another email was sent with final arrangement information and one more with location, days, and times for sitting shiva. She found the internet to be the most efficient and comfortable way to communicate. Stress grew as the phone kept ringing with questions about food. Friends called to ask what was needed, when to send it and people from out of town called not knowing where to order from. An abundance of food was delivered, platters were taken back to delicatessens for overnight refrigeration and others were donated to a local shelter. Exhausted and overwhelmed by this experience, she conceived the idea of a comprehensive online resource to conveniently provide information, assistance and coordination for the bereavement period. Synagogues, funeral homes, hospices and Jewish charitable organizations are directing families to ShivaConnect providing shiva information cards and encouraging use of the Shiva Registry system. Many charities are linked for direct memorial donation. ShivaConnect has begun to list helpful resources throughout the United States, such as funeral homes, gift basket shops, bereavement groups, geriatric home care services, senior living facilities, realtors, movers, legal assistance, financial and insurance consultants, pre-need planning, etc. ShivaConnect.com is a free resource that features educational articles, Jewish funeral homes, a personal Shiva Registry to conveniently share funeral & shiva details with a calendar to coordinate food for each day, links for charitable donations and many other services that are helpful at a time of loss. A mourner, relative, synagogue representative or funeral director can quickly enter pertinent information on a private Shiva Registry page. Much more than an online Jewish obituary, it includes funeral and shiva dates, times, places, interactive directions, mourners’ contact information, food notes, synagogue affiliations, family charitable requests, eulogies and who to call if you have a question. A direct link to the Shiva Registry page is then emailed, texted, tweeted, posted on Facebook or found through a search on ShivaConnect’s home page. With “just a click,” family and friends learn sitting shiva details, find local delis to deliver shiva platters, view and post food already planned, make charitable donations, find helpful resources, read eulogies and send thoughtful messages to mourners. Each Shiva Registry is typically viewed by more than 100 visitors, making it easy to “connect” with people both near and far. Mourning families appreciate fewer phone calls, less stress, confusion and wasted food. More people offer their support and make donations in memory of the deceased. Shiva Connect has articles that are of interest to Jews and non-Jews about sitting shiva customs, traditions and preparing your home for sitting shiva, visiting the shiva house, Jewish prayers, poems, kaddish, etc. There is a zip code search to find delicatessens/restaurants throughout the United States that deliver shiva platters and food. Another unique feature is the “Yahrzeit Reminder” which is emailed Alan R. Cohen © 2014 All Rights Reserved 13
Guest Author Sharon Rosen ShivaConnect September 26, 2013 ShivaConnect was developed by Sharon Rosen, who turned to the in...
each year a week before the anniversary date, noting when to light a memorial candle and that it is customary to make a memorial donation at this time. More than 100,000 visits to ShivaConnect.com – providing information and assistance 24/7, to Jewish Mourners, their families and friends. Synagogue Management - The Comic Strip November 07, 2013 Alan R. Cohen © 2014 All Rights Reserved 14
each year a week before the anniversary date, noting when to light a memorial candle and that it is customary to make a me...
Synagogue Management - It's Product Management September 27, 2013 Synagogue management is at a crucial point. Membership is dwindling and synagogues are closing. Less membership means less money which means expenses must be minimized - the rabbi's salary, administrative staff, health benefits, retirement plans, building expenses, and so on. Managing a synagogue is like managing a business; income needs to be generated to meet expenses. A business cannot run on donations alone, whether from members or outsiders. This situation is not unique to synagogues. Symphony orchestras, arts organizations, and charities also share this challenge. Traditional Hebrew school and adult education can generate some income. However, more is needed. The internet provides some opportunities. A quick search of iTunes displays a multitude of podcasts. Many are free; however, there is no reason why the right material couldn't sell for $0.99, $1.99, or more per episode. This certainly isn't the complete solution. It generates some income and opens up other possibilities. For example, I can't make every event that my Chabad offers. However, I'd be happy to pay a reasonable fee for an audio or video podcast for these programs. Torah studies, Talmad classes, live classes, classes on demand, are all potential revenue generators. These podcasts and classes are not limited to just your membership. The internet opens your doors to all. What does it mean to be a member of a synagogue? I live in the Boston area but there may be a rabbi in Cincinnati, or Dallas, or anywhere whose services, knowledge, or classes that I like. Why can't I also be a virtual member of a synagogue? Local members may also want to partake in this type of program. Schedules, weather, family obligations, may prevent members from coming to services or programs. We love our cell phones. For $9.99, I can purchase the Hebrew Bible as an app for an iPhone. The iKaddish app sells for $0.99 and the Tefilla Pak app is available for a few dollars. Jewish-related apps are also available for Android phones. This is not the complete solution to synagogues' financial and membership woes. However, the key is for synagogues to expand their options and ideas about revenue generation. Membership dues and donations may help but as any business, they need to create sustainable streams of revenue. Alan R. Cohen © 2014 All Rights Reserved 15
Synagogue Management - It s Product Management September 27, 2013 Synagogue management is at a crucial point. Membership i...
Margarine is a Great Invention for Jews October 13, 2013 A few weeks ago, I was with a rabbi and his family attending a Sukkah celebration. His wife mentioned that margarine was a great invention for Jews. At first I thought she was joking but she was right. When isn't the rabbi's wife right! Margarine allows those that keep kosher to use a butter-like spread with meat dishes. I love food and even more, I love eating. When I shop, I always visit the ethnic foods section for two reasons, I enjoy the kosher products and I get a chance to see food products from around the world. When you think of matzos, you think Manischewitz or Streits. Both are fine products. However, the other day at the supermarket, I saw boxes of Yehuda Whole Wheat Bran Matzos. I'm happy I decided to give it a try. It's a good product. My favorite recent find was Saffron Road. They make a variety of delicious meals, snacks, and other edible offerings. They are socially conscious and do their bit of tikkun olam - making the world a little bit better. Their livestock are humanely raised, never given antibiotics or hormones and are 100% vegetarian fed. They support family-owned farms and local farmers. Their food is made in North America and employ American workers. Most importantly, the food tastes great! What are your favorite Jewish or ethnic food brands? Please share them with me. Jewish Apps October 09, 2013 I use my cellphone daily for email, tweeting, reading the news, Facebook, just about anything but making phone calls. For me, the cellphone is a pocket internet device that also has the ability to make phone calls. What type of Jewish-related apps do you use or would like to see? This post is going to list some of the Jewish-related apps I would find useful. I am not going to link to any or describe any actual apps, I am just going to talk about the types that I would use. I'm sure most if or not all of these already exist. I have loved calendars since I was a child. My dad worked at the local post office and he brought home many calendars that companies passed out to customers and friends. So, I would definitely want a Jewish calendar app. This would be useful because it would make me familiar with the Jewish months and help me think in "Jewish time." A day planner app using a Jewish calendar would be fun. A simple list of the Jewish holidays and when they occur would also be useful. Another simple app is a list of candle lighting times for Shabbat. An app to to search by different time zones would be fine but I don't travel much so a simple list is fine. I would like an app that provides a daily Torah quote with a brief introductory explanation. That would be a nice way to learn. Alan R. Cohen © 2014 All Rights Reserved 16
Margarine is a Great Invention for Jews October 13, 2013 A few weeks ago, I was with a rabbi and his family attending a Su...
So, what type of Jewish-related apps would you like? Learning About Judaism with Pinterest October 07, 2013 There are many ways to learn. Some people prefer reading, lectures, and taking notes. Some are visual learners - pictures, graphs, and videos. Others prefer the hands-on approach. I plan to explore different ways that people learn about Judaism online and the way teachers teach Judaism online. The internet provides many opportunities to provide interesting and engaging Jewish lessons. Websites, YouTube, Skype are some technologies. One of my favorite sites is Pinterest. It is a digital, push pin board. It allows you to post and organize interesting things you find online. There are a variety of interesting Jewish-related Pinterest boards. Shabbat or the Sabbath is a very important holiday for me. One of the most influential books about this holiday is, The Sabbath by Abraham Joshua Heschel. There are many ways to discuss this book. Pinterest provides some interesting ways. For example, this board lists quotes from the book. This board lists photos, quotes, and other interesting information. Here are some boards about Shabbat - Shabbat and About Shabbat. Pinterest can also include videos as seen in this board which introduces viewers to the Hebrew alphabet (scroll to the bottom). There are many ways to teach all things Jewish online. Please share your ideas with me. Alan R. Cohen © 2014 All Rights Reserved 17
So, what type of Jewish-related apps would you like   Learning About Judaism with Pinterest October 07, 2013 There are man...