On behalf of the Board of the Young Israel of West Hartford we'd like to again briefly clarifythe intended use of the
As you know it was previously resolved to formallydissociateour shul from the "thoughts" listserv on theconcern that controversial content posted there might be misinterpreted to represent the views of ourinstitution.As standard bearers for our faith we must take great care to avoid elicitingunnecessaryresentment or negativeperceptions through our actions and words in public forums, such an an open-access Yahoo group listserv. No boardwants to act as a censor, selecting what content is "representative" and what is not. As such the decision was madeto delegate all opinion and editorial content to unaffiliated forums, such as the
Yahoo group, while maintain-ing the
listserv for its originally intended purpose of promoting communal life and activities. Manyemails clarifying the relevant details were sent out in the past, but nonetheless the
listserv is still occa-sionally misused. The board has therefore decided to send out the undermentioned review of content guidelinesalong withenactinga pedagogical system of as-needed moderation to help complete the transition away from thenow-defunct yiwhthoughts listserv.
APPROPRIATEfor posting to
:·Local Community Events– These include happenings at the Young Israel of West Hartford as well as elsewhere in thelocal community, of either Jewish or general interest.·Lifecycle announcements–Births to deaths and everything in between. / Relocation to or from West Hartford. / Generalnews about members of our community. (All responses should be directed to the one who made the announcementand
to the listserv in its entirety.)·Job Postings– If you are aware of a job opening please consider positing it to the
listserv.·Emergencies– Such as hazardous weather warnings, or police matters, e.g. an All-Points Bulletin.·Services/items offered/wanted– Posts pertaining to the offering/seeking of local goods and services are appropriate.Examples included asking for a recommendation for a plumber, seeking a ride to New York, or offering items (ideally inexchange for a donation to our shul).INAPPROPRIATEfor posting to
:·Political Content– Nothing political at all please. It
does not matter
what the subject is, be it Jewish, Israeli, or Americanpolitics, satire or serious, such posts are not suitable for the
listserv is not a forum for personal opinion or editorial commentary. The exception would bespeech about local issues, pertaining specifically to our particular community here.·National/International Information– We all react to significant news with an instinct to share and disseminate. None-theless please keep in mind that the
listserv is reserved for local matters only; this may seem counterintuitiveat times, such as upon learning of a tragedy in Israel, G-d forbid. While passing on such critical information of vital inter-est is commendable– an important and laudable task–
is nonetheless not the appropriate forum. (Nationalor international events that indicate a need for local heightened alert would fall into the "Emergencies" category.)·Chain Letters– Regardless of content, including financial opportunities, health concerns, or religious matters. Even if thematter is indeed of general interest,
is still not the place to share it.·Divrei Torah– All Torah learning is a beautiful thing, and more strength to you for engaging in the study that binds us asa people, but the
listserv is designed for exclusively local content.As a general rule of thumb consider if the content is particularly locally relevant: A matter of general interest tothe larger American/Jewish communities should be reserved for less specialized discussion forums, such as theJDWHYahoo Group. Note also that the Young Israel of West Hartford will soon transition to a private email system for all offi-cial announcements, allowing those who wish to unsubscribe to
to do so without contraindication.
Rabbi’s Corner, continued from Page 1.
day morning adding to the singing and the atmosphere which ended up being really nice.
Yom Ha’Atzmaut reminds me of how much I
long to be in Israel and of how lucky we are to live in
such miraculous times. We continue our celebration of Yom Ha’Atzmaut together this Shabbat morning
when I will share some remarks, when Ari Shteyntsayg will tell us about some of the fallen soldiers hefought with in the IDF, and when we will recite a special prayer together full of love for the land of Israeland full of hope for our return. Of course the celebration would not be complete without a Kiddush which
will be held after services in honor of Israel’s birthday. May we celebrate many more milestones in the con-
tinued growth of the State of Israel and the continued process towards the final redemption.Shabbat ShalomRabbi Weinberg