Jewish Technology

So what’s a rabbi doing writing a technology blog?

Well, allow me to introduce myself and then hopefully you’ll see what business a rabbi has blogging about technology.

Jewish-TechnologyMy name is Jason Miller. I’m a rabbi and a technologist. Some rabbis grew up with a page of Talmud in front of them since they were five. I grew up with a computer in front of me since I was five. In August 2010 I took over as President of the computer company my father had launched in January 1994. Rebranded as Access Computer Technology, the company offers computer consulting, web design and social media marketing for small to midsized companies and nonprofits.

Many of my peers in the Information Age have found themselves teaching their parents (and grandparents) how to use technology. (Raise your hand if you showed your mom how to set the clock on the VCR in the 80’s, send an email message in the 90’s, and upload a photo on Facebook in the 00’s.)

Well, the flow of technology instruction flowed the other way for me. My dad, a techie since the 70’s, made me feel quite comfortable with computers from a young age. We always had the latest, greatest gadgets in the house; the fastest computers with the newest apps. My dad is a computer consultant who might have always secretly wished that I’d follow in his footsteps. But, rather than be disappointed when I told him of my intention to head to rabbinical school, he looked at me and said, “You’ll be the best techie rabbi there ever was!” And so, I grabbed my Palm Pilot and headed to NYC.

In rabbinical school, I decided to look for ways to mesh technology with my impending career as a rabbi. From day one, I’ve been interested in how modern technology affects Jewish life, particularly the impact of the Internet on how Jews across the globe interact. I wrote my senior thesis in college on how the Internet has made the Jewish community seem smaller. Instinctively I knew that the ability for a rabbi in New York to teach a class to Jews in Chile, and for Jews in Butte, Montana to order kosher meat on the Web, would significantly alter the proverbial borders of the Jewish world.

This blog will explore 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.

So, I invite you to come along for the ride. If you’re Jewish, interested in technology, or both… you’ll enjoy the conversation. Thanks for following Jewish Techs.

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.