“OJC is changing the nature of Jewish community by building connections online and even hosting one of the largest High Holiday services in the country.”
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An online Jewish community that reaches people where they are and celebrates a Judaism that is bold, intellectually honest, and ever-evolving.
Why It's In Slingshot
OurJewishCommunity.org (OJC) does not merely host a website with a radical new vision for the Jewish community, it embodies that very community. With many Jews identifying as non-religious, not affiliating with synagogues, or living farther away from community centers, OJC uses technology to create a spiritual home online. Community members include soldiers serving abroad, people who cannot physically attend a synagogue, people who have disengaged from Judaism, and others who have not found the right community for them. Regardless of what attracts participants, OJC’s modern, inclusive liturgy and humanistic values offer a comfortable entry point for Jews who may not consider themselves religious in a traditional sense, but who still seek a Jewish experience. OJC began as an online synagogue of simply streaming High Holiday services, and it has quickly expanded to include weekly Shabbat services with opportunities to live chat with the rabbis, live-streamed Passover Seders, and educational lifecycle information, webinars, and podcasts. During major holiday weeks, its Facebook page reaches over 750,000 individuals. OJC staff creates content specifically for online platforms and maximizes technological innovations for the virtual audience. More than just a successful website, OJC also provides a strong voice for Jewish engagement. Conferences and news sources often feature OJC when discussing how to work with populations that are estranged from traditional Jewish communities, as well as when referencing best practices in using technology to its full potential to reach constituents.
Ways To Get Involved
1. Attend our online Shabbat discussions – 6 PM Eastern Time every Friday (and archived for on-demand viewing)
3. Download the Our Jewish Community app in the iTunes or Google Play store (for YouTube videos, blogs, podcasts, streaming, and more)
4. Participate in the discussion boards at www.OurJewishCommunity.org