The Most Influential Jewish Twitter Accounts

In honor of Twitter’s 10th anniversary, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) put together a list of the top 25 Twitter users in the Jewish world. The following is the article in JTA by Gabe Friedman and then the list of the 25 most influential Jewish Tweeters. William Daroff, Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu and Avi Mayer top the list. Rabbi Jason Miller, a rabbi and entrepreneur from Detroit is the top rabbi on the list and comes in at #9. Two Israeli presidents (Shimon Peres and Reuven Rivlin) made the list along with the former British Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks.

Ten years ago this week, Twitter was born. Never ones to miss a good conversation, Jews quickly adopted the social network, and they haven’t stopped kibitzing since.

To celebrate the birth of this post-modern Talmud, we’ve updated JTA’s 2009 list of the “100 Most Influential Jewish Twitterers” (which helped a young woman escape her family’s cult-like church, as recounted in the New Yorker. No big deal.)

Our new list — pared down to just the top 25 Twitter mavens — reflects a changed Jewish Twitter world. Among the rabbis, officials, journalists and other machers who made the cut in ’09, the only carryover is William Daroff, an American Jewish communal leader who now ranks No. 1.

William Daroff (Twitter)

William Daroff (Twitter)

But keep in mind, we changed our methodology.

Compared to 2009, we left more of the analysis to software and didn’t include entities (organizations, media outlets, etc.) on our list — just people. The data analysis was done by Little Bird, a Portland-based “influencer marketing platform” that helps firms reach the right tweeters in the right fields.

So how did we come up with the “Most Influential” list? Using the terms “Jewish” and “Israel,” Little Bird’s algorithm identified a network of 1,000 people who participate most in the Twitter discussion around Israel and Jewish issues. It then ranked those participants based on how many followers they have within the network.

As a bonus, we also generated a list of the 25 participants in the Jewish-Israel discussion who have the most followers overall — yielding some big Jewish names, like Lena Dunham, along with some surprising ones, among them ex-Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson. Call them Guest Stars.

Without further ado, then, here are the biggest influencers in the Jewish Twitterverse.

Most Influential:

  1. William Daroff, The Jewish Federations of North America’s Washington office director, @Daroff
  2. Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli prime minister, @netanyahu
  3. Avi Mayer, Jewish Agency spokesman, @AviMayer
  4. Danny Ayalon, former Israeli ambassador to the U.S., @DannyAyalon
  5. Peter Lerner, Israel Defense Forces spokesman, @LTCPeterLerner
  6. Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic correspondent, @JeffreyGoldberg
  7. Ron Dermer, Israeli ambassador to the U.S., @AmbDermer
  8. Dan Shapiro, U.S. ambassador to Israel, @AmbShapiro
  9. Rabbi Jason Miller, rabbi, entrepreneur and writer, @RabbiJason
  10. Barak Ravid, Haaretz diplomatic correspondent, @BarakRavid
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Israel’s Top Startups

Israel has become a very popular place for entrepreneurs to launch their startups, Tel Aviv in particular has become home for many tech based and other startups. This is because brilliant businessmen and women who have graduated from Israeli universities had dreams of making it big, even outside their country. If someone will look into the number and variety of Israeli startups that have found global success, it becomes clear that those bright entrepreneurs fully achieved their goals. Here are some of the most successful Israeli startups that have been launched in the past couple of years.

 

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IronSource

IronSource is a startup that works with mobile developers by helping them to monetize their apps and find customers through advertising. They also help developers to further increase their profits by helping them to add in-app advertising to their apps.

IronSource is a unicorn startup, which is a startup that has reached 1 billion dollars or more in valuation. In February 2015, the company raised 105 million dollars in venture capital funds, earning the company the unicorn status. With 550 employees, ½ billion monthly users, and hundreds of millions generated in revenue, that valuation should come as no surprise.

 

Ravello Systems

Ravello Systems helps companies to set up development and testing labs on both Amazon’s and Google’s cloud. Cloud based testing and development is popular because companies can develop and test apps and new technologies safely on the cloud without wreaking havoc on existing networks and servers. The role of Ravello systems is to use its partnerships with VMware, Google, and Amazon to make the process of setting up these testing and development labs as easy as possible for their clients.

Between the United States and Israel, Ravello has 70 employees and has raised over 50 million dollars in investment funds. They also proudly boast that they have acquired many thousands of users who are actively testing and developing in the cloud.

 

ZUtA Labs

ZUtA Labs has created a pocket sized printer that works in a decidedly unique manner. Rather than feeding the paper through the printer, their tiny printer is placed on top of the page and across the page, printing directly onto the paper.

The printer was developed by an Israeli company, Nekuda. It is both wireless and Bluetooth enabled. This, of course, means that the pint sized device can be controlled by a variety of devices, including smartphones and laptops. According to the company representatives it is the first truly mobile printer with the ability to work on any piece of paper, no matter the size.

ZUtA was formed in 2014 and managed to earn about a half of a million dollars in due to a very well-received crowdfunding campaign. In addition to this, it was also given an award at CES in 2015 for innovation.

 

Pixie

Pixie is an Israeli startup, founded in 2011, that has developed a product that can help people locate any missing object that they own. The internet of things has made it possible to connect everyday items to the internet. This technology goes one step further by utilizing location of things, which is the ability to discover the exact location of an object.

The technology works through the use of smart tags, known as Pixie Points. These can be attached to virtually anything that a person owns. Then, a mobile app can be used to locate any object that has been pixified. How this works is that each object that has the smart tag affixed to it becomes a part of a small private network that can be tracked via Bluetooth Technology. The product was officially launched in 2015.

For example, if you misplace your keys and they have been tagged, the Pixie app will use the camera on your smartphone to show the location of the missing item. There is a range limit, however of 50 feet if you are inside a structure and 150 feet if you are outside.

 

Lighttricks

Lightricks is the maker of the extraordinarily popular photo-editing app, Facetune. In fact, celebrity Kim Kardashian is counted among its four and a half million users. Facetune has also become a mainstay on the list of best-selling apps on the App Store.

What many people don’tfu realize is that this technology goes far beyond giving people the ability to make their selfies look more polished. What has been invented is a graphics engine that improves the functionality of cameras.

Lightricks has also managed to further monetize their technology through the use of proprietary software used for mobile advertising. This contributes to their constant presence on the best-selling list. Their partnership with Facebook certainly has helped their growth as well. Lightrics recently raised 10 million dollars in VC funds to promote growth.

 

Plarium

Plarium is a startup that develops games that are played on social media through both browser and mobile. Two popular games developed by the company are Sparta: War of Empires and Total Domination: Reborn. The company leverages the popularity of social based games among people who do not own consoles.

The games developed by Plarium are free to play, however people will pay extra money to advance through a game more easily. For example, a player who doesn’t want to wait to earn enough points through game play to purchase a desired weapon for their character, will spend money to purchase those points. This is where Plarium earns its money. It is also why the company has never needed to raise funds from outside sources.

Plarium has a staff of 800 employees worldwide with 150 of those people being located in Israel. It is also a family based company, and four of the co-founders are blood relatives.

 

SkySaver

SkySaver is an Israeli startup that has created an emergency backpack that residents living in high-rises can use to help them escape in the event of a fire. The backpack, which was released in 2015, contains a cable cord that can be attached to an anchor point that is installed near a window.

In the case of fire, the resident straps into the apparatus using a series of buckles and straps. Once they are safely secured, they can then rappel down the outside of the building to safety.

Since its founding in 2012, SkySaver, owned by Eli Gross has been able to raise an undisclosed amount of funds from private investors.

 

CoroNet

Comjacking is what happens when you are using public WiFi and a hacker accesses your computer by hijacking your signal. They can also create fake cell signals by doing this. Comjacking commonly happens to victims who are using WiFi in coffee shops, restaurants, or other public areas. Once you have been comjacked, the hacker can then use your device to spy on you. CoroNet was invented to detect comjacking attempts and prevent them. Businesses purchase CoroNet to keep their corporate phones safe, and carriers purchase it to secure their signals. The company’s seed funding came from Israel based venture capital firm Jerusalem Venture Partners.

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Bill Gates on Israeli Tech Innovation

Reposted from Start Up Israel by David Shamah:

In a rare public comment on the value of MS Israel’s work in helping make the company what it is, Gates said that Israeli developments tech areas like analytics and security were “improving the world.”

This year marked the eighth Think Next event, where MS shows off its best and brightest new technologies, many developed in Israel. Gates doesn’t call in every year, but with this year being the 25th anniversary of the Microsoft Israel research and development center, he told the Tel Aviv audience in a video call from the US that he was “very happy to wish the R&D center a happy birthday.”

The center, he said, “started in 1991, when some of the Israeli engineers at Microsoft wanted to return home but continue working at Microsoft. We decided to open the center – it was our first one outside the US – and I think the technology they have produced over the years more than justifies our decision.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talks with Bill Gates during the World Economic FOrum in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday, January 23, 2014. Photo by Kobi Gideon/GPO/Flash 90.Speaking live at the event was current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Nadella met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier Thursday to discuss cyber-security and other matters. In their meeting, Nadella noted Microsoft’s commitment to Israel, “its investments in the local market and its commitment to the continued growth of the high-tech and innovation industry in Israel which finds expression in assistance programs for start-ups, introducing advanced technologies to all sectors of the economy, promoting science and technology, and education in computers and mathematics,” the Prime Minister’s Office said.

According to Yoram Yaakovi, general manager of Microsoft Israel’s R&D Center, “the Think Next Conference reflects the ability of creative technologies to reinvent entire industries, including: health, agriculture, communications and transportation. The new experiences offered to users are a tremendous springboard for businesses and is changing the economy and the lives of millions. We are proud to provide a stage for startups that show exceptional creativity in these and other fields. Since the R&D center was established 25 years ago we have managed to generate unique creative value for the company – as shown by innovative projects that will be presented today at the event.”

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Israeli Ministries to Phase Out Fax Machines

From The Times of Israel:

A ministerial committee was expected to approve on Sunday a decision allowing Israelis to submit documents to government departments via email and other digital media, such as cellphone apps. The initiative is meant to bring an end to government offices’ ubiquitous reliance on fax machines, as well as the need to show up and submit documents in person when the faxes fail to arrive at their destination.

The proposal was submitted by the Prime Minister’s Office and the office of Social Equality Minister Gila Gamliel, as part of the “Digital Israel” initiative, which is aiming to modernize and streamline Israeli bureaucracy by bringing it into the 21st century.

According to the proposal, “all government ministries and ancillary units are to allow, subject to the law, anyone wishing to send or receive documents, which are currently sent and received via fax, to do so by digital means (email etc.). Sending by fax will continue to be allowed.”

fax machine in israel“The decision that will be submitted for the government’s approval is no less than a service revolution and another step that will significantly ease the lives of Israeli citizens, who have until now been required to submit documents to government offices via snail mail or fax, and often to physically appear at the offices during limited hours, to deal with issues that could be solved simply by sending an email from a computer or cellphone,” Gamliel said.

Despite the country’s billing as the “Start-Up Nation,” Israel’s government bureaus have been steadfast in their insistence on receiving documents by fax. This has led to recurring complaints as most people do not have access to the machines, long considered outdated in the digital era.

Regarding the timetable for the proposed reforms, government offices will be given email addresses within 90 days after the proposal is approved, and they will be published within 120 days.

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Facebook Finally Agrees to Ban Anti-Israel Hate Pages

In an email sent Wednesday afternoon to the Haym Salomon Center, Facebook rescinded its initial decision that a page that incited hatred and violence against Israelis met “community standards.”

“As you may have noticed, we have now taken down both those pages as we made a mistake earlier,” a Facebook spokesperson explained in the email.

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The two referenced pages are “Stop Palestinians” and “Stop Israelis.” Both pages were set up by Shurat HaDin – Israel Law Center as a test to determine how much hateful and violent incitement is tolerated on the social media website. The civil rights group was also monitoring how quickly the pages would be taken down.

According to Shurat HaDin, The Big Facebook Experiment began on December 28th, 2015, with its simultaneous launch of two identical Facebook pages: Stop Palestinians and Stop Israelis. Shurat HaDin then began posting nearly identical content on both pages. The content on the “Stop Palestinians” page incited hatred and violence against Palestinians, and the content on the “Stop Israelis” page incited hatred and violence toward Israelis. Over the course of two days, the severity of the incitement was gradually increased on both pages.

After two days, the civil rights group reported the pages to Facebook on the grounds of violating community standards.

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Israeli Device Saving American Lives in Afghanistan

From David Shamah at The Times of Israel:

When American troops are injured in the field, the first piece of life-saving medical equipment they may come into contact with nowadays is an Israeli-invented mini-sized manual ventilator. And not just American soldiers on the battlefield; the Pocket BVM has been used to treat thousands of people at the scene of numerous natural disasters, like in the huge earthquake that devastated Nepal earlier this year.

“The US Army decided that our Pocket BVM (bag valve mask device) would fit into combat scenarios much better than traditional BVMs,” said Dov Maisel, an American immigrant to Israel who invented the unique manual ventilator with his friend and fellow United Hatzalah volunteer Akiva Pollack. “It’s really taken off since the Americans adopted it last year, and now we are working with several NATO armies, first-aid groups in Europe and Asia, businesses, hospitals, and airlines among others.”

To that latter category add El Al, said Maisel; the Israeli airline several months ago signed a contract with MicroBVM, the commercial supplier of the device, and now all El Al planes have miniature BVMs scattered throughout their cabins, so that life-giving oxygen can be provided to a patient quickly and efficiently

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Hillel Fuld in TechCrunch: Despite Unrest the Israeli Tech Ecosystem is Growing

From TechCrunch:

Over the past few months, violence has once again scarred Israel and the Palestinian Territories, yet despite the violence and the losses on both sides of the conflict, technology companies in the region are flourishing.

Israeli rounds of financing, both into Israeli companies and from local investors are on the rise.

Several Israeli VCs announced new funds over the past two months including Pitango’s new growth fund of $250 million, Carmel’s fourth fund of $194m, and Singulariteam’s launch of a $30 million late-stage investment fund.

What is important to note is that all three of these new funds were announced during the latest round of violence, and all three bring global investors as partners of the fund.

Israel Technology Innovation

On the funding side, Israel has seen some relatively larger rounds of financing and at higher valuations, all while it attempts as a country to deal with the challenges of of violence and regional instability. SimilarWeb, a company valued at $400m announced a $25 million round of financing. Moovit, one of Israel’s fastest growing startups raised its latest financing from Sound Ventures.

In its latest report, the IVC-KPMG Survey revealed that Israeli startups have collectively raised $1.1 billion in Q3 of 2015, just short of the $1.12 billion that was raised by Israeli startups last quarter. In the first three quarters of 2015, 506 Israeli startups have collectively raised $3.2 billion, compared to $2.3 billion at this time last year. This is a country the size of New Jersey.

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Top Jewish Twitter Users 2016

William Daroff TwitterWilliam Daroff @daroff

Followers: 41.6K

Type: Politics/Jewish Washington DC and Vegan Food

Recent Tweet: “Scene at the 2015 White House Hanukkah Parties .”

William Daroff is Senior Vice President for Public Policy & Director of the Washington office of The Jewish Federations of North America (@JFederations), but he’s also become Mr. Inside the Beltway for the Jewish community. Some of his tweets are sent from inside his D.C. office, but most are tweeted from his table at the Char Bar kosher restaurant where a vegan burger is named for him, inside a policy briefing on Capital Hill or from the back of an Uber car.


rabbi-dan-ainRabbi Dan Ain @rabbidan

Followers: 54.9K

Type: New Age Judaism, NYC and Pop Culture

Recent Tweet: “Because Friday Night should be filled with good conversation, lit candles and rock stars. https://t.co/el1ck85J6a”

Preacher and connector, Rabbi Dan Ain gathers those who are open to being reached. He finds holiness in honest conversation, in the spaces where people can say what they really think and allow others to do the same. His latest project Because Jewish creates opportunities for our religious perspectives to be in genuine dialogue with our artists, our thinkers and our everyday lives.


rabbi-jason-miller-twitterRabbi Jason Miller @rabbijason

Followers: 26.9K

Type: Technology, Politics, Israel, Sports, Pop Culture and Humor

Recent Tweet: “The menorah bong makes Hanukkah a high holiday http://www.religionnews.com/2015/12/10/menorah-bong-makes-hanukkah-high-holiday.”

A Rabbi who’s also a Blogger, Writes for Time & Huffington Post, a Social Media Marketing Entrepreneur, Owns @ Technology & @.


aipac twitterAIPAC @aipac

Followers: 54.7K

Type: Israel and Politics

Recent Tweet: “Product Labeling: The Newest Attack on

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee is a lobbying group that advocates pro-Israel policies to the Congress and Executive Branch of the United States.


Peres-Official-PictureShimon Peres @PresidentPeres

Followers: 58K

Type: Israel and Peace

Recent Tweet: Tomorrow night, the people of Israel will be able to celebrate #Passover safely and peacefully thanks to your hard work #IDF

The former Israeli President Shimon Peres and nonagenarian keeps is no longer active on Twitter (which means his staff isn’t), but it’s still a fun account to check out.

 


jewish-tweetsJewish Tweets @JewishTweets

Followers: 57.1K

Type: Jewish News and Lifestyle

Recent Tweet: “Reminder for : Light your menorah first with the blessings. Then the Shabbat candles and prayers.”

JewishTweets is a pretty good little blog, looking at contemporary Judaism and Jewish life in our crazy world. It’s worth checking out if you are interested in more religious-focused discussions than what you’ll get here at ShalomLife. But their Twitter feed is a great resource, pulling stories from the top Jewish sites around the web. Every story is either a celebration of Jewish accomplishments, important news, or just a great article about being Jewish. Jewish Tweets is simply a nice place on the internet to be, and you’ll always leave with a smile. Difficult to do sometimes in the cynical world of the internet, but Jewish Tweets does it.


estherk twitterEsther Kustanowitz @EstherK

Followers: 16.7K

Type: Jewish Women, Blogging, Humor and Pop Culture

Recent Tweet: “Now I’m on a plane in coach next to dudes with a fistful of slim jims who are talking a/b barfing on planes.

Esther Kustanowitz is a writer, blogger, and self described as “pretty darn Jewy.” Her Twitter is acts as a feed for the best articles out there for Jewish internet users more than anything else. She peruses the internet all day, everyday, finding interesting reads. Sometimes sweet, sometimes funny, sometimes thought provoking, Esther K’s recommendations are usually more than worth clicking, and always high quality.


rabbi-joshua-stantonRabbi Joshua Stanton JoshuaMZStanton

Type: Jewish Women, Blogging, Humor and Pop Culture

Recent Tweet: “Now I’m on a plane in coach next to dudes with a fistful of slim jims who are talking a/b barfing on planes.

Stanton is Assistant Rabbi at TBJ Short Hills. He’s also a co-Leader @, co-founder @, and a blogger at ‘s Religion Vertical.

 


aaron david miller twitterAaron David Miller @aarondmiller2

Followers: 12.9K

Type: Politics, Israel, Public Policy

Recent Tweet: “Talk of defeating ISIS/jihadis surreal. Can no more “win” war on terror than war on drugs/crime. Survive it w/values/security intact.”

VP & Distinguished Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Fmr. Middle East negotiator under Republican & Democratic administrations.


rabbi shmuley boteach twitterRabbi Shmuley Boteach @RabbiShmuley

Followers: 243K

Type: Politics, Torah, Israel

Recent Tweet: “Characterizing antisemitic acts as a response to something Jews did doesn’t explain antisemitism. It reproduces it.”

Rabbi Shmuley, who Newsweek & WaPo call ”the most famous Rabbi in America,” is a world-renowned author of 30 books, a broadcaster & a relationship expert.


Rabbi Phyllis SommerRabbi Phyllis Sommer @ImaBima

Followers: 5.3K

Type: Jewish Women, Blogging, Motherhood

Recent Tweet: “ we are available all day in the Kikar! Shave your head

Jewish mommy blogger Phyllis Sommer blogs and tweets about her family and their real-life Jewish living. She also writes heartfelt blog posts at SupermanSam’s blog — a blog she started about her forever-8-year-old son died of cancer. Rabbi Phyllis Sommer coined the hashtag #whatrabbisdo.


Ruth Messinger TwitterRuth Messinger @Ruth_Messinger

Followers: 47.3K

Type: Social Activism

Recent Tweet: “Wonderful to have my dear friend, extraordinary leader & winner visit today! “

President of . Inspired by the Jewish commitment to justice, AJWS works to realize human rights and end poverty in the developing world.


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Jewish Insider @J_Insider

Followers: 16.7K

Type: Jewish Gossip, Washington DC, Social Life

Recent Tweet: “ at White House Hanukkah Party “

Part of the Jewish Journal of L.A., the Jewish Insider covers U.S. political & business news with a Jewish angle. Think of it as the Jewish version of Page Six. If you want to know which Jews were at the annual Hanukkah Party at the White House, the Jewish Insider will be your trusted source.



hadassah twitterHadassah @Hadassah

Followers: 4.4K

Type: Jewish Women and Israel

Recent Tweet: “Hadassah Hospital designed a course that alleviated stress and burnout among their staff. The results were shocking!

The power of women who heal. The power of women who advocate. The power of women who lead. The power of women for Israel. The Women’s Zionist Organization of America is an American Jewish volunteer women’s organization. Founded in 1912 by Henrietta Szold.


Rabbi David Wolpe TwitterRabbi David Wolpe @RabbiWolpe

Followers: 11.1K

Type:Torah, Spirituality & Politics

Recent Tweet: “Longest Birkat Hamazon of the year tomorrow. Shabbat, Rosh Hodesh, Hanukkah. Eat quickly.

Rabbi Wolpe is an author, public speaker and rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, California. Named the most influential rabbi in America by Newsweek Magazine (2012) and one of the 50 most influential Jews in the world by the Jerusalem Post(2012), Wolpe was named one of The Forward’s 50, and one of the hundred most influential people in Los Angeles by Los Angeles Magazine. Author of seven books and a frequent television guest,


Jewish Forward TwitterThe Jewish Daily Forward @JDForward

Followers: 37.1K

Type: Jewish News

Recent Tweet: “The hit podcast Serial is back – just in time for

Covering Jewish news, opinion, life and culture.


reuven werber edutech jewish twitterReuven Werber @reuw

Followers: 2.4K

Type: Education/Technology

Recent Tweet: “Six ideas educators can use this Hanukkah from EDUCATORS21c |

Reuven ​Werber tweets about edu-tech. He’s the Pedagogy and Content Editor of the MOFET JTEC Jewish Education Portal and a member of the MOFET International staff. He also serves as the coordinator of educational technology at Neveh Channah HS for girls.



Tablet Magazine - Jewish TwitterTablet Magazine @TabletMag

Followers: 37.8K

Type: Jewish News and Opinion

Recent Tweet: “Why is the holiday of renewable energy:

Tablet magazine is an American Jewish general interest online magazine sponsored by Nextbook.[1] Launched in June 2009, it is the successor magazine to Nextbook.


yloveY-Love @ylove

Followers: 16.4K

Type: Hip Hop, LGBT, Music

Recent Tweet: “Garrison Keillor is making fun of Donald Trump. Again. LOL. it’s cute. He’s getting thrown out the race by Bush & Cheney.

Yitz Jordan: world changer, Jewish gay MC making positive hiphop. Soc. media dev-activist. My goal: to positively impact as many lives as possible.


kvellerKveller @kveller

Followers: 9.3K

Type: Jewish parenting advice and opinion

Recent Tweet: Hebrew names that are gender neutral.


jewliciousJewlicious @Jewlicious

Followers: 21.6K

Type: Hip Jewish Culture, Music

Recent Tweet: “Fresh Post- Stephen Colbert Celebrates The Third Night Of Hanukkah with Andy Cohen

Jewlicious is a grassroots organization changing the way young adults affiliate and participate in Jewish life.


Ambassador Dan ShapiroAmbassador Dan Shapiro @AmbShapiro

Followers: 25.4K

Type: Israel, Diaspora Relations

Recent Tweet: “Today, we can be more confident that this planet is going to be in better shape for the next generation.” —

U.S. Ambassador to Israel.


Rabbi LatzRabbi Adam Latz @RavMABAY

Followers: 1.7K

Type: Jewish Life, Spiritual Progressive Activism, LGBT, Torah

Recent Tweet: “Rabbi Jacobs: “I’m proud of how we’re making an important difference in a troubled world.”

Rabbi Latz has been Shir Tikvah’s Senior Rabbi since July 2009. He brings to the congregation boundless energy, heartfelt compassion, and commitment to fostering an authentic and engaging Jewish experience.


Rabbi Shmuly YanklowitzRabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz @RavShmuly

Followers: 1.3K

Type: Torah, Social Activism, Politics

Recent Tweet: “Heard about the inspiring leadership of Rabbi Jennie Rosenn, VP ?

Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz is the President & Dean of , Founder & President of , and the Founder & CEO .

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Jimmy Carter’s Cancer Cured By Israeli Breakthrough Drug

By Raoul Wootliff and the AP in the Times of Israel

Researched in Israel by Professor Jacob Schachter of the Ella Institute for melanoma treatment and research at the Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer, Keytruda is part of a promising new class of drugs called immunotherapies, which harness the body’s immune system to help fight cancer.

The US-based Merck pharmaceutical company’s injectable biotech drug works by blocking a protein found in certain tumors called PD-1, which inhibits the body’s natural response to cancer cells.

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Carter, 91, announced Sunday that doctors found no evidence of the four lesions discovered on his brain this summer and no signs of new cancer growth. He revealed in August that he had been diagnosed with melanoma and had begun treatment, including surgery to remove part of his liver, targeted radiation therapy and doses of a recently approved drug to help his immune system seek out any new cancer cells.

“I will continue to receive regular 3-week immunotherapy treatments of pembrolizumab,” he said. That drug goes by the name Keytruda commercially.

“For today, the news cannot be better,” said Dr. Len Lichtenfeld, deputy chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society. “Circumstances may change over time or he may be in a situation where it does not recur for many years or at all.”

Carter said he will continue to receive Keytruda every three weeks in order to prevent the growth of further tumors.

Melanoma specialists credit the drug for improving treatment of the disease without the side effects of traditional chemotherapy drugs that can cause hair loss and other symptoms, said Dr. Douglas Johnson, a melanoma specialist at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center who is not involved with Carter’s treatment.

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Insights from sFBI’s Natalie Edward during Content Israel 2015 Conference

By Alan Weinkrantz

Due to travel, I missed the Content Israel 2015 Conference, I really wanted to attend. If you are a startup, or for that matter, any company or organization looking at your content strategies for 2016, there’s a lot you can learn from sFBI’s Natalie Edwards.

Natalie is Marketing Director for sFBI, a Tel Aviv-based startup studio that’s building startups that solve everyday problems. She’s currently at work on Pulse Play, a smartwatch for racket sport players, Bosco, a parental insights app, and Carehood, a platform for helping loved ones in their times of need. She can be found on Twitter at @natalieanneink.

I caught with Natalie through an email interview and here’s what she learned and shared.

What were you doing at Content Israel 2015?

My training is as a journalist and I’ve always felt like I get the most out of conferences when I write about them.

It also gives me an excuse to talk to everybody.

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Of course, since I’m working around the clock as a Marketing Manager at a startup studio, any conferences I go to better be aligned with my day job. I offered to write a few stories for the Content Israel organizer and he accepted.

What can people learn for their content strategy in 2016?

There’s no excuse for not thinking strategically about content marketing.

Tools are plentiful and inexpensive, and the content marketers behind marketing software are there giving out free advice left and right.

You need to watch out, of course, for the fluff: “be authentic,” “write engaging content,” etc, but over time you develop a hawk-eye.

I spoke to Matt Barby from Hubspot, Chris Moody from Oracle Marketing Cloud, and Carlos Abner from 3M – they are all very nice guys that all marketers should follow.

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Jewish Techs: The Jewish Technology Blog

This blog looks at how modern technology affects Jewish life, particularly the impact of the Internet on Jews across the globe. The Internet has made the Jewish community seem smaller. The Jewish Techs blog, written by blogger Rabbi Jason Miller (The Techie Rabbi), explores the places where Jewish culture, education and faith intersect with technology. Of course, like anything, Jews will continue to ask if technology is good or bad for the Jews – the age old question of our people. Good or bad, it is undisputed that technology has changed Jewish life. If you’re Jewish or interested in technology or both… you’ll enjoy the conversation. Thanks for reading the Jewish Techs blog.

The Techie Rabbi – Rabbi Jason Miller

Rabbi Jason Miller, the Techie RabbiJason Miller is NOT your typical rabbi. Known as the Techie Rabbi, he launched Access Computer Technology in 2010 and has grown it into a full-scale technology firm that provides social media marketing consulting and web design in addition to IT support. Ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary a decade ago, Rabbi Jason has made a name for himself as a popular blogger, social media expert, educator and entrepreneur. Based in Detroit, his congregation includes more than a million people who read his blog and follow him in Cyberspace. He began the Jewish Techs blog in January 2010 as the New York Jewish Week's technology expert.

An entrepreneurial rabbi and an alum of Clal's "Rabbi Without Borders" fellowship, Jason Miller is a rabbi and thought leader whose personal blog has been viewed by millions. The Detroit Free Press called him “the most tech-savvy Jewish leader" and the Huffington Post ranked him among the top Jewish Twitter users in the world. A social media expert, Rabbi Jason is a popular speaker and writer on technology and its effect on the Jewish world. He writes the "Jewish Techs" blog for The Jewish Week and the monthly "Jews in the Digital Age" column for the Detroit Jewish News.

Miller won the 2012 Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the West Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce and is one of the winners of a Jewish Influencer award from the National Jewish Outreach Program.