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Monday, March 10 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Is Facebook Making Houses of Worship Go Extinct?

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In the core conversation "Is Facebook Making Houses of Worship Go Extinct?" we plan to discuss how social media has changed the role of the religious meeting place. Using the model of the synagogue as a case study, we note that in the past, people went to the synagogue not only to pray as a community, but also for the social element. It was the place that they made their lifelong friends. It was where they met their future spouse. It was where they went to get all of the important news that concerned the local and global Jewish community. Today you don't necessarily need a central meeting place to accomplish those social needs. With the growing use of social networks, young Jewish adults have found other ways and places to connect. We plan to examine how communal religious spaces are needing to adapt to be more than just the physical space people come to pray, but to also be places that foster connections and relationships in new, innovative and experiential ways.

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Rebecca Saidlower

Dir of Mktg & CommunicationsThe Jewish Education ProjectRebecca Saidlower is the Director of Marketing and Communications at TheJewish Education Project, where she is transforming a 100-year-old agency to connect with today’s lay leaders, educators and families. She is also a creative... Read More →

Monday March 10, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Sheraton Austin, Capitol View South