Working with the national office, the local IAN — a program of the Weintraub Israel Center and the JFSA’s Jewish Community Relations Council — trains individuals to build long-lasting relationships with non-Jewish community members, focusing on outreach to Latino communities, campaign issues and the use of social media.

Removing the accreditation of the Yeshiva of Staten Island in Pleasant Plains is the latest goal in a social media campaign by a woman seeking to obtain a religious divorce from her estranged husband, who is part of a prominent Staten Island Jewish family.

Dana Gitell, a social media marketer with Boston-based nonprofit Hebrew SeniorLife. Gitell coined the term last fall while driving to work one morning; by lunchtime she’d launched a Thanksgivukkah Facebook page and Twitter account announcing the mash-up holiday.

Jew in the City, founded and directed by Josephs, harnesses the power of social media to break down stereotypes about religious Jews and offer a humorous, meaningful look into Orthodox Judaism. Through a website, YouTube channel (where its videos that have been viewed over a million times), and via Facebook and Twitter, Jew in the City explains important Jewish concepts like Shabbat, keeping kosher, and mikveh, and tackles difficult topics like the Orthodox Jewish approach to homosexuality, feminism, and conversion.

Jewish Home announced today the formation of the first full-time English Language Social Media Division of a Knesset party in Israeli political history. Naftali Bennett’s English Language Social Media Division will be in charge of Naftali’s Facebook, Twitter and Youtube pages. The target base is a mix between the 250,000 English speaking immigrants, Jews in the Diaspora and the international community.

CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America), founded in 1982 to promote accurate and balanced media coverage of Israel and the Middle East. Closer to home, the volunteer-run PRIMER-Connecticut (Promoting Responsibility In Middle East Reporting) works toward the same goal by monitoring media outlets and responding to bias with letters to the editor. Both organizations also focus on educating news consumers to recognize and effectively respond to media bias against Israel. The two will co-sponsor a workshop on Sunday, Nov. 17, “Israel Advocacy and Confronting Media Bias: Effective Use of Traditional and New Social Media” with Sarit Catz, director of CAMERA’s International Letter Writing Group.

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