Using Facebook to Build a Jewish Dialogue

May 8, 2012

Source: eJewish Philanthropy


Rabbi Yossie Goldman, Director of Hillels of Israel, writes about Face the Book of Books,  an innovative, Facebook-based learning community initiated by students at Hebrew University Hillel. Any time that students are online with Facebook – day or night, at their convenience – they can take part in discussions about the “Book of Books”, which is of course the Bible. Participants initiate new posts and add comments and links to existing posts, in an exciting and stimulating dialogue, in Hebrew or English.


In addition to the ongoing postings, the project recently offered a special event in which group members entered the site and participated in a guided discussion led by International Bible Contest winner Doron Sopher. As part of Israel’s national holidays – Memorial Day and Independence Day – students and young adults joined a lively half-hour discussion about King Saul and King David. Why did King Saul “fail” in his position, to be replaced by his rival? What were (and are) the necessary characteristics of a leader? Doron offered insights into specific issues from the Bible, inviting members of the learning community to contribute their viewpoints and opinions on the ancient sources and how they are relevant to the young generation of the 21st century. Members of the Face the Book of Books community sat “together” in a virtual study hall to share opinions, ask questions, and offer answers.


The public is invited to join Face the Book of Books at any time. It is a great way to build bridges among Jews around the world, regardless of geographical location or background.


See the entire post at eJewish Philanthropy

Updated: May. 15, 2012