How can tech shape Jewish ritual and community?
13 Nov 2019
How can tech shape Jewish ritual and community?

Historically, Judaism has relied on its body of law to enforce social norms and perpetuate traditions. But as technology becomes ever more pervasive, can Jews from across the spectrum of observance figure out how to harness its power and reinforce their own versions of faith?

Dovid Bashevkin

Dovid Bashevkin is the director of education for NCSY, the youth movement of the Orthodox Union, which is the largest Orthodox organization in the US. He received rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University, where he teaches courses on public policy and religious crisis, and is the author of Sinagogue: Sin and Failure in Jewish Thought(2019).

Mordechai Lightstone

Mordechai Lightstone is the social media director for Chabad Lubavitch. He's also the founder of My Tech Tribe, which organizes events for Jews working in tech and digital media.

Ezra Bookman

Ezra Bookman is a nationally recognised ritual designer, speaker, coach, and founder of Ritualist, a creative studio helping leaders cultivate more conscious companies and connected communities. His work has been featured in the NY Times, The Atlantic, VICE, and ABC News, and he has collaborated with an eclectic variety of organisations and thought-leaders including Accenture, Intuit, The Esalen Institute, The NYC Mayor’s Office, The Dream Bigger Foundation, Esther Perel, Priya Parker, and Ephemeral Tattoos. Before founding Ritualist, Ezra served as the artistic director for Lab/Shul, an experimental, artist-driven, God-optional Jewish community in NYC.

Kelsey Osgood

Kelsey Osgood is a New York City-based writer who often covers religion, literature, and health. She’s the author of the memoir How to Disappear Completely: On Modern Anorexia, and has contributed pieces online or in print to Time, Harper’s, The New Yorker, and New York magazine, among other outlets.