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My post about Occupy Kol Nidrei at the Forward! (And more….)

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I’ll have a traditional me-style play-by-play of the service itself up soon. For now, here’s some stuff about the service that’s appeared elsewhere so far:

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The Forward is using my photo and story on the home page!

My post at the ForwardI’ve got a post on Forward Thinking blog about my experience at the service. This is the most concise assessment of the phenomenal experience you’ll get from me. (It was also re-posted by Haaretz!)

The Forward‘s video: Along with the post, there’s a great video from the Forward‘s Nate Lavey. I’ve see three videos from Occupy Kol Nidrei so, but this one is by far the best:

Jewschool: We’ve got several posts up at Jewschool so far.

  • Kung Fu Jew’s personal account of the service
  • I posted a copy of Getzel Davis’ excellent sermon, which include this winning bit: “What is the golden calf? It is the essence of idol worship. It is the fallacy that gold is God.
  • We’ve got two posts from Occupy Boston. There were also Kol Nidrei services held at Occupy DC, Philly and Chicago. I think we’re planning to have posts from those cities soon.

Religion DispatchesI love this site and I’m so glad they’ve got a piece up about Occupy Kol Nidrei. It’s an interview with Dan Sieradski, the organizer of this whole thing. There are a lot of interviews and bits of interview with him flying around right now, but this is the most interesting.

Get involved: There is now an Occupy Judaism page on Facebook. Go there to see what else is going on. There are plans for sukkot and for Shabbat services in the works.


Avodah, The Jewish Service Corps: My friend Rachel Van Thyn, who I had not seen in a long time until I ran into her at Occupy Kol Nidrei, has a post on Avodah’s blog about her mixed, but generally positive feelings about the sercvice.

TabletThe Jewish Week and even Yediot Achronot (Israel’s largest print daily) also got in on the action.


A Week of Things I Like, Day 4-ish: Page-Proofing at The Forward

OK I did it again and missed a day, but I promise there will be one post for each day of A Week of Things I Like, if not one on each day of it.

I work for New Voices now and our office is now a cubicle inside the office of The Jewish Daily Forward. Which is a thing I like unto itself, I suppose. But the point of this post is that the thing I already miss about working on a publication that has no print edition is print layout and design and proofing pages.

So it brought a little joy into my heart while the staff of The Forward was proofing page 1 of tomorrow’s print edition of The Forward. First of all, the whole is a step up in print quality from my days of proofing pages at The Acorn. At The Acorn, we just print them out on black and white laser printers. But here, color pages are printed out in color on nice glossy sheets of of paper.

Then the art director–they have one of those–passes copies of it out to pretty much everybody. For a second, he mistook me for an intern and tried to give me a copy. For a second, I really wanted to take one and look over it.

Everybody then looks it over. (I overheard someone explaining what to look for to one of the interns, which I also liked.) As far as I can tell, the next thing that happens is that when Jane Eisner, the editor of The Forward, is ready, she sits down at a computer in the art department’s cubicle area and people come up one at a time and show her their corrections.

I just stood and watched this all happen for a little while. I liked it.

BTW–I also really like the print design of The Forward and I also really like their new website.

Album of new nigunim, new Sway Machinery album

Equal parts frontman and chazzan, Jeremiah Lockwood fascinates me. He spent the last year as Artist in Residence at The Forward, creating new nigunim through collaborations with other musicians. It’s cool stuff. An album collecting all of that just came out. I’ll have a review of it here soon.

Lockwood’s band, The Sway Machinery, also has a new album out soon, “The House of Friendly Ghosts, Vol. 1.” He sent me a press download of it and I’m listening to it now and it’s at least as banging as their first album, which had such a particular liturgical quality to it that I listened to it almost exclusively during the RH/YK season last year. The new one has a much more tribal quality to it as well. You can listen to a track from it here.

I’ll be doing a full review of it at New Voices in February after a music video from the album comes out.