created at: 2010-02-28

Greetings!

I’m delighted to welcome you to JewishBoston.com, a new resource for our community that was only a dream a year ago.  Based on the insights and input of hundreds of people and dozens of community partners, JewishBoston.com is designed to open up Jewish life across Greater Boston to everyone.

Jewish life in Boston is immensely rich, beautiful, and diverse. One of our most wonderful qualities as a community is that we see our diversity as strength, something to be celebrated and relished.  Last week I was invited to speak to a conference of Jewish leaders in London precisely because of this.  What they most admire about us is our openness and inclusiveness, our ability to engage, and our willingness to try something new.

And this is, of course, what JewishBoston.com is all about.

It’s no accident that this site is launching a day after Purim and four weeks before Passover.  These two holidays convey our essence as a people.  Telling our story to our children, have the courage to face evil, and the will to seek freedom are qualities that give us strength today just as they did centuries ago.

Much is different now than in Shushan – but much remains the same. Communication was a challenge then and it’s a challenge now. Jews were dispersed throughout the Persian empire.  Spreading the news of salvation to every town and village and rallying the Jews to fight for their lives was a matter of life and death. Fortunately for us, the internet is significantly faster and offers many more ways to communicate – but doing it well is still a critical challenge.  

So welcome to JewishBoston.com. 

We expect this first version both to flourish and to change. We seek to use every tool and technology at our disposal to engage the next generation, our community partners and indeed everyone in Jewish life.

My thanks in advance for using the website, for telling everyone you know about it, for sharing events with your friends either thru email or Facebook, and for blogging about your opinions and ideas.  I’d also appreciate your feedback about this site.  Drop us a note at feedback@jewishboston.com or post a comment to this post.

Who knows?  Perhaps London would want to follow our lead!