Physical synagogues have anchored Jewish life for centuries. I have no desire to compete with them--my CyberRabbi work supports them, and supports those people they are unable to serve because of distance or schedules
Santa Cruz, CA (PRWEB) January 29, 2009
Rabbi Yitzhak Miller (http://www.RabbiYitzhakMiller.org) provided Judaism lessons to a bride-to-be in Beijing before her interfaith wedding, counseled a Bryce Canyon National Park ranger and his fiancée for their Jewish wedding, helped a sergeant in Iraq with conversion to Judaism, and conducted Jewish education classes with a sales manager in Chicago whose schedule did not permit him to attend classes at his nearby synagogue - all in one week, and all without leaving his Northern California home.
Miller connects with Jews worldwide and those seeking a connection with Judaism by providing live, personal, direct, relationship-based 21st Century Rabbinic services through interactive webcam, email and telephone sessions. His online Jewish spiritual counseling has been so successful, that he and a team of colleagues plan to launch CyberSynagogue--a comprehensive interactive Web 2.0 portal for other Jewish services and groups this summer.
"Nothing has changed about connecting with people. Direct interaction is always the key to success as a Rabbi," he said.
For 10 years, Rabbi Yitzhak Miller (http://www.RabbiYitzhakMiller.org) has demonstrated an exemplary ability to connect with the unconnected and disenfranchised in physical synagogues--and was recognized for his work by three consecutive National Jewish Outreach Awards. Now, he has expanded that magic recipe for finding ways to connect with Jews and those interested in Judaism and Jewish Life.
When asked about the uniqueness of his endeavor, Miller said, "Judaism has survived for more than 3000 years by adapting its methods, while keeping its message. The fusion of Judaism and the Internet is no different than the fusion of Judaism and the printing press 500 years ago."
Miller added that there are many excellent Jewish education, shopping, and networking web sites that enable him to work, even with people who don't have access to a library or a bookstore. But he notes "These are typical uni-directional Web 1.0 sites. There are also a couple of good ultra-orthodox Jewish websites for people who follow that particular point-of-view." But Miller could not find any viable interactive resource for people who wanted to talk directly with, learn from, or be counseled by a regular, mainstream Rabbi.
Miller is confident his work does not compete with physical synagogues. Instead, they both have the same goals. "Physical synagogues have anchored Jewish life for centuries. I have no desire to compete with them--my CyberRabbi work supports them, and supports those people they are unable to serve because of distance or schedules," he said. "In fact," he notes, "one of the major goals of CyberSynagogue will be to provide 'brick & mortar' synagogues with an Internet portal to disseminate their efforts to a broader audience."
Miller has assembled a board of directors for a mid-summer launch of CyberSynagogue, the comprehensive Web 2.0 site for other Jewish services, such as Jewish education classes, Jewish prayer services, Jewish social action organizations, charitable giving and Judaism, Jewish youth groups, Jewish discussion groups, Judaica shops and even an online Jewish deli.
For more information on that Jewish interactive Web 2.0 site, visit http://www.CyberSynagogue.org.
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