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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.


 

Community Partner Spotlight: September

Shane Hankins

Hi, I’m Dina Mann, Reboot’s Partnership and Outreach Manager. I work on community partnerships worldwide and help various communities and individual implement Reboot projects, taking the vast and mighty ideas from the Reboot network and sharing them with the world. In this monthly highlight, I will share some of the most interesting work that is happening with our partners. (Of course, there is a ton of cool stuff, but I don’t have the time and you don’t have the patience to read about it!)

September means back to school and back to reality. Here at Reboot, we like to use this time of year to reflect, react and renew. Specifically, we would like to invite you to 10Q.  

What’s 10Q? 10Q takes place during the 10 days of awe. Participants get an introspective question sent to them each day. After Yom Kippur, the answers are put into a vault and then returned to them the following year right before Rosh Hashana. Try it at doyou10Q.com. And in other news:

 

1- 10Q Live Pop-Up NYC: Join us for a 10Q art installation around New York. We will be helping people reflect all around NYC from Brooklyn College to the Union Square Green Market to Lab/Shul’s High Holiday prep. Follow 10Q on Twitter and Facebook to find out where we will be. 

2- Have you heard of Honeymoon Israel? It’s an awesome org that takes newlyweds to Israel with other newlyweds. Well, Reboot is super excited to work with Honeymoon Israel to create an awesome retreat experience for their New York honeymooners.

3- Want to Reboot your Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur and Sukkot? Reboot has awesome tools to help you, your family and friends to think differently about the experience of High Holidays. Visit our RH/YK and Sukkot pages to download goodies that are sweeter than honey.

 

 

4- After 2 years of the Reboot Hillel internship in LA, we are expanding to NYC campuses. Thanks to the generous grant from UJA-Federation of New York, Reboot will be working with interns at Baruch, Brooklyn and Hofstra. We can’t wait to collaborate!


Interested in becoming a community partner? Want to learn more about how Reboot can collaborate with your community. Please feel free to email dina@rebooters.net.

 

Community Partner Spotlight: August

Shane Hankins

Hi, I’m Dina Mann, Reboot’s Partnership and Outreach Manager. I work on community partnerships worldwide and help various communities and individuals implement Reboot projects, taking the vast and mighty ideas from the Reboot network and sharing them with the world. In this monthly highlight, I will share some of the most interesting work that is happening with our partners. (Of course, there is a ton of cool stuff, but I don’t have the time and you don’t have the patience to read about it!)

This month: read about our internship program at Hillels, a partnership with PJ Library and an editorial collaboration on the FRIDAY App with the Foundation for Jewish Camp.

 

1- Reboot Internships at Hillel

What happens when you mix college students, rad projects and a gift from the Federation of Greater Los Angeles? Reboot internships on campus. In our second year, Reboot has worked with students at Hillels at UCLA, USC and Hillel 818 to create a year long internship, where students are trained in Hillel International’s engagement methodology and Reboot’s various projects. Interns then go on to create their own fabulous programming. Highlights from this year included Unplugged Shabbats, a Touring the Jewish Deli series (pass the pastrami), and experimenting with concerts and a beer seder.

As our USC intern, Mitchell Stahl put it:

“Working as a Reboot intern over the course of the past year has been an incredible experience. As I gained a deeper understanding of Reboot and led relevant programs, I experienced personal, professional, and especially Jewish growth.”

Stay tuned for news from our new LA cohort and our first year in New York, thanks to the generous support of UJA-Federation of New York.

 

2- PJ Library for Parents

PJ Library is for kids, right? Well, hold your horses. A new initiative of PJ Library is sharing books and resources with parents to better help them think about their own Jewish identities and how it can mesh with their parenting. One of those books is Six-Word Memoirs on Jewish Life. The book and project created by SMITH Magazine in partnership with Reboot is a great tool to gain an insight into others' Jewish identities, and also a way to create new Jewish texts and inspire people’s creative juices. Interested in sharing Six-Words with your family? Check it out here.

 

3- Summer Camp in FRIDAY

Reboot and the Foundation for Jewish Camp are proud to partner on a summer series of stories for the FRIDAY App. FRIDAY is a free mobile App, designed and produced by Reboot + IDEO, for the iPhone. It offers a distinct invitation - a warm welcome and open door to unplugging, mindfulness, and connection. FRIDAY has come to life thanks to the partnership and generous support of The Righteous Persons Foundation. Look forward to stories about camping, canoeing and canoodling throughout the summer.

 

Interested in becoming a community partner? Want to learn more about how Reboot can collaborate with your community? Please feel free to email Dina Mann at dina@rebooters.net.


 

 

 

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