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Founded in 2002, Reboot engages and inspires young, Jewishly-unconnected cultural creatives, innovators and thought-leaders who, through their candid and introspective conversations and collaboration, generate projects that impact both the Jewish and non-Jewish worlds. 

November Community Spotlight: YALA, Open Temple and LA Hebrew High School


November Community Spotlight: YALA, Open Temple and LA Hebrew High School

Shane Hankins

In this monthly highlight, read about some of our LA partner highlights including our reBar Live show with YALA, High Holiday wrap-up with Open Temple and a Shabbaton Retreat with Los Angeles Hebrew High School.

reBar Live at Three Clubs Hollywood

On the night of September 22, 50+ young Jewish adults and friends gathered in Hollywood to reflect in pride, shock and nostalgia on their Bar/Bat Mitzvah experiences and what they would change if they could. Host Sarah Klegman (Challah Hub) was joined by six writer/storytellers - Becky Tahel Bordo (Shit I Learned in My 20’s), Emily Foster (OMFG), Michael Kass (Ceremony), Todd Levin (Conan), Ethan Sandler (New Girl) and Liz Weisman (comedian) in sharing personal stories that moved the audience from raucous laughter to tears of recognition. Themes ranged from personal transformation and reclaiming identity to awkward moments and lessons learned. The evening also featured live music from singer/songwriter duo Shannon and Michael Rubenstone, also known as S+M. Reboot partnered with YALA of the Jewish Federation of LA for this event. As one audience member put it:

“I was transported back to that time. I laughed - and when I was laughing - I found myself suddenly crying and I didn’t expect that. It hit me in a very feeling place…I appreciated the whole experience...the range of emotion and everything it brought up….and it was fun.”

reBar is a Reboot project that opens and creates a space for individuals, families and communities to explore and reflect upon their B-Mitzvah (that's Bar and Bat) experiences as an evolving part of life. You can learn more about reBar and how to bring it to your community here

High Holiday Soul Journey with Open Temple

This year Open Temple, a new Jewish community in Venice, CA, integrated Reboot’s 10Q project throughout their innovative High Holiday programming. Open Temple’s HHD Soul Journey 5777 brought participants through 10 unique experiences from a commencement of Elul Soundbath on the beach through a silent disco dance walk down Abbot Kinney Boulevard with the Torah for Simchat Torah. And every step and breath of the way, 10Q served as a prompt and guide.

10Q was initially offered through an email link announcing Open Temple’s Soul Journey programming. The 10Q questions were presented through projections throughout High Holiday and Tishri Shabbat services. Participants were given journals to write and reflect based on the 10Q prompts. There was also a graffiti wall, where participants were invited to respond publicly to the 10Q. In addition, Open Temple invited participants to sign up electronically for 10Q this year and many shared how much they enjoyed receiving their answers from last year. This is the third year of collaboration with Open Temple led by the innovative and uber-creative Rabbi Lori Shapiro. Thank you Open Temple for being such an amazing and innovative partner!

Shabbaton with Los Angeles Hebrew High School at Camp Ramah, Ojai

During the weekend of October 28th, Reboot LA intern Jamie Cohen led a series of Reboot activities at LAHSS’s Shabbaton Retreat at Camp Ramah in beautiful Ojai, just a few hours outside of Los Angeles. The highlight was a pre-Shabbat interactive workshop introducing 60+ students to the National Day of Unplugging.

Students decorated their own cell phone sleeping bags before “unplugging” and powering down their technology for Shabbat. The activity was a big hit, from Rachel Kaufman, Director of Educational Programming: The “sleeping bags" were fabulous, with one of the students attempting to unplug for the entire weekend with her phone in the sleeping bag.” You can get your very own cell phone sleeping bag at the Reboot Shop. We look forward to continued partnership with LAHHS in 2017.


Hi, I’m Lisa Grissom, Reboot’s Los Angeles Program Manager, responsible for local events, programs and community partnerships in LA. I help various communities and individuals implement Reboot projects, taking the uniquely innovative ideas from the Reboot network and sharing them with the world.


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