A monthly message from Reboot's Executive Director, Robin Kramer:
Reboot’s National Day of Unplugging, from sundown to sundown on March 7 – 8, connected with thousands of people in all 50 states plus 125 countries. You’ll hear more about the numbers and the astonishing variety of ah-ha’s related to what it means to rest, to lift up human connection and give-it-a-rest unpluggery, but I knew the Sabbath Manifesto in its fifth year had reached a new plateau of reach and relevance: over a few days, I could learn about or participate in an unplug Shabbat gathering, celebration, or hike from more than 240 community partners around the country buoyed by shout-outs from all kind of blogs and support from media as diverse as Teen Vogue, the Today Show, Al Jazeera America, CBS news, and the Union of Reform Judaism and the national magazine of Marriott Hotels! Large thank you to the clever Reboot staff who navigated and vitalized, and to board member Samantha Kurtzman-Counter and the Mother Company for their spirited partnership and expertise in outreach to families this year. Among our 240 community partners were yoga studios, Hillels, JCC’s to local shuls, who created Unplug gatherings attracting over 15,000 participants. All categories of outreach – media, in-person participation, community partner-produced gatherings and programming – saw significant increases, more than 60% over last year in the key areas.
Second, I wanted to be sure you saw this amazing recent interview with the erudite Rebooter (also Los Angeles Mayor) Eric Garcetti. Here is just one resonant, punchy part… it will make your heart sing!
“There is a real rebirth and a real new confidence, I think to Judaism as a part of life being rewoven into a modern fabric here in Los Angeles for sure, if not around the country. I’ve been part of this Reboot thing that Sharon [Rabbi Brous] was in, and that and other initiatives have really reclaimed a comfortable space and a creative space to be Jewish and to not have it be the only defining thing in your life but a critically important thing in your life. I think I am part of that generation that has emerged after the past two generations that had to respond to such horrific historical events and had to ask who we are. I don’t think we spend a lot of time asking who we are, we are just comfortable being who we are. And we have opened up new pathways to share that with the world and let that into our Jewishness.”
You can read the full story here.
Thank you for being part of the Reboot story, past, present and future.