Reboot is a catalyst to catalysts. Every generation must grapple with the questions of Jewish identity, community and meaning on its own terms. Reboot exists to facilitate that process for this and future generations – providing the tools and methodologies to help ‘reboot’ inherited tradition and make it vital, resonant and meaningful in modern life.
Founded in 2002, Reboot engages and inspires young, Jewishly-unconnected cultural creatives, innovators and thought-leaders who, through their candid and introspective conversations and creativity, generate projects that impact both the Jewish and non-Jewish worlds.
Do you have multiple cell phones? Take your ipad to the beach on vacation? Ever find it hard to get through a conversation without posting an update to Facebook? Is your computer always on?
We increasingly miss out on the important moments of our lives as we pass the hours with our noses buried in our iPhones and BlackBerry’s, chronicling our every move through Facebook and Twitter and shielding ourselves from the outside world with the bubble of “silence” that our earphones create.
If you recognize that in yourself – or your friends, families or colleagues— join us for the National Day of Unplugging on March 7-8, 2014, sign the Unplug pledge and start living a different life: connect with the people in your street, neighborhood and city, have an uninterrupted meal or read a book to your child.
The National Day of Unplugging is a 24 hour period – running from sunset to sunset – and starts on the first Friday in March. The project is an outgrowth of The Sabbath Manifesto, an adaption of our ancestors’ ritual of carving out one day per week to unwind, unplug, relax, reflect, get outdoors, and connect with loved ones.
Download your own NDU DIY toolkit to create an event in your community.
Anyone who loves Jewish food has “Bubbie” to thank, whether she was called Bubby, Bubbah, Bubs, Grandma or Granny. For some, Bubbie was borrowed from friends, took the shape of an aunt, or the woman who waited tables at the local delicatessen. Bubbie can be the flesh and blood woman who dispensed matzo balls at Passover or a metaphorical spirit of Jewish cooking who instructs one’s subconscious to double the portions and wipe the plate clean. Whether she came from a shtetl in Poland, an Israeli kibbutz, or the suburbs of Denver, Bubbie remains the most potent symbol of Jewish cooking.
The Beyond Bubbie project captures the spirit of that love, care, and community, by celebrating the overstuffed ideal of Bubbie’s timeless connection to Jewish food. Part cultural anthology, part community cookbook, part culinary experiment, Beyond Bubbie shares the spirit of Jewish food’s warm embrace through the stories, photographs, and recipes that emanated from Bubbie’s kitchen. It features dishes as traditional as cholent and as original as a deconstructed tongue sandwich masquerading as salad. Share your recipes, memories and photos here.
For great ideas on how to host a Beyond Bubbie event in your community, download the Beyond Bubbie DIY kit.
“Chosen for something, not sure what.”
“Found Jewish princess. Good-bye succulent pork.”
“Everything a question with us. Why?”
“Moved to Israel. Rest is history.”
Introducing, “Six-Word Memoirs on Jewish Life,” the newest project from SMITH Magazine, home of the Six-Word Memoir®, and Reboot. On the web and then in book form (Feb. 2012), “Six-Word Memoirs on the Jewish Life” offers thousands of ways of looking at Judaism, six words at a time.
From mother issues to unfettered love of carbs to inner-conflict over Israel—and the sheer joy of discussing and debating everything—the Jewish life is a rich and storied one. And let’s face it: we’re a people of many words: a half-dozen well-chosen words is a perfect way to get to the essence of this weird, wonderful, funny, and complex thing called the Jewish life — and a catalyst for thousands of conversations among Jews and non-Jews alike.
Download a Teaching Guide and DIY kit for ideas on how to create a Six-Word Memoirs on Jewish Life event.
UNDO is what to do when you unplug. Looking to make unplugging part of your weekly routine? A new Reboot initiative – UNDO – has been created to help people do just that. UNDO is a tip sheet of ideas and activities for people taking a 24-hour break from technology. To become an UNDOer, the first step is to subscribe. Then, you’ll receive an UNDO List newsletter filled with ideas for conversation topics, readings, local outings and creative endeavors to ease the time away from technology.
UNDOers are also invited to join the UNDO page on Facebook, where on Saturday evening, people can share stories, feedback, photos and experiences from their day. UNDO was created by people attempting to set aside a day apart from the rest of the week, taking inspiration from the National Day of Unplugging and the Sabbath Manifesto. Everyone is invited to participate in this growing community. To learn more, visit http://www.theundolist.com
Are you ready to 10Q? From its online headquarters at www.doyou10Q.com, Reboot’s 10Q project gives you an opportunity to answer 10 questions about the year that has just passed and the year to come, creating a new way to engage in reflection during the High Holidays. Fusing modern technologies and ancient customs, 10Q attracts a multi-generational audience with participants ranging from teenagers to grandparents. Although the project is rooted in the Jewish idea of ethical wills and reflection, it has attracted people of all backgrounds and denominations. In past years, the daily 10Q questions have been projected on the Jumbo-tron in Times Square and the giant video screens on the Las Vegas strip. You can sign up now for 2013, www.doyou10Q.com.
Download your own 10Q community partner kit which includes programming ideas, social media posts and past 10Q entries.