Launch of JewishNet, the Jewish Social Platform, Alpha Version

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On May 03, 2011 the world’s first Jewish social platform, JewishNet, was launched. According to the project creators, its uniqueness is in providing users with a platform to develop their own ideas and fulfil their potential even beyond the virtual world. This is what makes JewishNet different from the usual social networks, where the sphere of activity is limited to the cyberspace. The creation of the new project is being welcomed by leaders of the Jewish world. Natan Sharansky, the Chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, is among them.

JewishNet - Jewish Social Platform
The creation of JewishNet is being welcomed by leaders of the Jewish world. Natan Sharansky, the Chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, is among them.

JewishNet is a symbiosis of online toolbox and offline activity. Visually the platform represents an Internet portal with all the features of a social network. It is integrated with the popular Web 2.0 and IM services, as well as niche sub-projects: “job”, “dating”, “traveling together”, “recommendations”, etc.

The platform covers three basic areas: socialization, education and public diplomacy. A virtual Media Center and journalists, PR experts, political analysts, and sociologists community has been created within JewishNet to explain the objective situation in the Middle East in printed and electronic media. The project also entails the creation of an educational platform featuring the leading opinions - from experts in the area of informal education to Jewish celebrities, public figures and politicians giving answers to the users’ questions.

“A strong Jewish Identity guaranteed the survival of Jews for thousands of years, while its destruction may lead to the end of the Jewish people,” says Natan Sharansky, the Chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel. “Today, when we fight for protecting our Jewish Identity is among one of the most important tasks of the Jews in Diaspora, the opening of an Internet project such as this is very important and needed. The Internet has become the most effective way of communication and receiving information among people. If JewishNet becomes the connecting link among Jews from different countries and the source of necessary information about the Jewish world, history, traditions, etc., then I am sure of the success of this project.”

“We have been waiting for something like JewishNet for a long time,” says Dr Zeev Khanin, the Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption of Israel. “It is rather hard to find any kind of objective information about Israel. Despite the fact that the iron curtain doesn’t exist any more, there is still an enormous amount of stereotypes on the surface. It would be wrong to expect Israel to counter all this through official institutions: civil society is an address to solve this kind of problem through all sorts of information initiatives. In Israel we are looking forward to this kind of resource becoming available. I hope it is to become a good beginning in a long line of the similar initiatives.”

The project representatives emphasize that, being Jewish-oriented, JewishNet is always open to the non-Jewish general public. The platform is also integrated with the leading social networks: Facebook, Twitter, Vkontakte, not to mention other popular Web 2.0 resources.

“Our sphere of activity is not limited to the World Wide Web,” Roman (Rafael) Gold, the JewishNet Founder and CEO, highlights. “From the outset we have focused not only upon the obvious “socialization” aspect, but also on such complex factors as innovative education and media activity. I am positive that JewishNet will manage the challenges it faces with dignity, in a way that is only within the powers of a public initiative.”

JewishNet counts amongst its partners Jewish organizations of international standing: the Jewish Agency for Israel, the Betar movement, the Ezra organization, as well as local Jewish communities, youth movements and scientific groups. Special attention is aso given to cooperation with business partners in the areas of culture, education and tourism. At the same time, the project is fully independent, which makes it possible to respect all users’ interests.

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Roman (Rafael) Gold