FAQ & Help
What is JewishBoston.com?
JewishBoston.com is, well, a website for Jews in Greater Boston. Here you’ll find an immediate connection to all of the amazing things that are happening in Boston for Jews right now. Discover links to cultural events (music, dance, film, lectures, cooking classes), Jewish education (courses, lectures, trips), organizations (synagogues, community centers, professional networking), and lots more.
Why did CJP create JewishBoston.com?
Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) created JewishBoston.com to connect young adults (and everyone else) with the best that our community has to offer. While there are hundreds of amazing Jewish organizations, schools, cultural events and synagogues, it’s hard to make sense of them all—or connect with them—online. CJP identified this void in its 2008 Strategic Plan and decided to create this very cool tool to help serve the community.
Will you share my personal data with any other organizations?
Is there a charge for becoming a member of JewishBoston.com?
Nope. It’s absolutely free.
Who can advertise on JewishBoston.com?
At the moment, there is no paid advertising on JewishBoston.com. Events and services from local Jewish organizations are sometimes featured in the right column and in our main homepage banner. The JewishBoston.com editors decide which organizations to feature based on a variety of criteria.
Who gets to post events?
Organizations offering activities that are of interest to Boston’s Jewish community are encouraged to post events on JewishBoston.com. However, anyone can post an event by clicking “Add Event” after logging in. If you add an event, it will be reviewed by the JewishBoston.com editors and then published if it is of interest to the community.
How can I get notices for just the events that interest me?
Sign up for personalized events emails. If you’ve joined JewishBoston.com, you’ll see an option to personalize your weekly events email under the “Newsletter Preferences” tab. If you haven’t joined JewishBoston.com, you’ll need to create an account so you can get personalized emails.
How do I create blog posts?
You can create a new blog by clicking on the “Manage Blogs” tab after logging in. Or you can add a comment to an existing conversation. For obvious reasons of authenticity and transparency, you need to join JewishBoston.com to post a blog. Here are detailed instructions for blogging.
Is the information in my profile public?
Your username, “About” section and avatar is public only if you post events or blogs (you can edit or remove this information under the “My Account” tab after logging in).
How do you define an organization that can post events?
Any organization that is serving the Jewish community in the Greater Boston area qualifies for participation on JewishBoston.com, with the exception of organizations whose mission is to advocate for divestment, a one-state solution or deny Israel’s right to exist. In general, Greater Boston is defined by the area currently served by CJP. If you are an organization outside of the Greater Boston area but you offer services for those living in Boston (such as summer camps), you probably qualify. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.
How do I post events?
When you become an administrator for an organization, you will have access to a full array of functionality that includes event management, blog postings, directory listing management and photo management. Here are detailed instructions for posting events.
Can I edit my events once posted?
Absolutely. If you are logged in and you are an event administrator for your organization, just click on the “Manage Events” tab and all of your events will show up. You can edit your event, take it off the calendar temporarily, or even cancel it. You can also close registration.
What’s considered a young adult event?
In partnership with The Network, we’ve developed the following guidelines. A young adult (e.g. 20/30s) event is one that meets at least one of the following criteria:
1. The event is presented by an organization that specifically targets the young adult or college community
2. The event is specifically targeted to the young adult community (e.g. presented by a synagogue or other organization for the 20s/30s demographic)
The following events may also be applicable:
1. A social justice event accessible by public transportation
2. Cultural events accessible by public transportation
3. Selected large-scale community events
The JewishBoston.com team will carefully review events tagged for young adults to ensure that the events are of particular interest to this population.
How do I set up a blog for my organization on JewishBoston.com?
When you become an administrator for an organization, you will have a “Manage Blogs” tab on your menu bar. You can add blog posts there. Your post is published to your directory listing, as well as on the blog pages that you identified when you created the post. If your organization already has a blog outside of JewishBoston.com, you can link to it in your directory listing. Here are detailed instructions for blogging.
Please send us a note at email@example.com.