Thursday, June 21, 2007

The Jewish Out of Towner's Guide BLOG (please read)

Dear Everyone,

The wonderful thing about the Jewish community is that we all link together and join up with one another. I have therefore decided it would be fantastic if we were to create a blog, as a group, called The Jewish Out of Towner's Guide or JOOT Guide, for short. And therefore I have created this blog.

All those comments you left on my New York post will not go to waste. Instead, we will have to establish some rules.

I would absolutely love to invite people to join this blog (and soon will.) If you write about a particular community, here are the rules:

  • You have to be positive. (You can say that a community is for a certain group of people, but you can't put it down. You can say "This is an Ultra-Orthodox community/ This is a Modern Orthodox community, etc" but you cannot get into issues of exclusivity or claiming the inhabitants are all loonies.)

  • Stipulate to the facts. Provide factual information, not opinions (unless the opinions are positive ones.) If you don't think the Yated is worth someone's time, you don't say that. Simply describe the Yated: The Yated is an Ultra-Orthodox Jewish publication put out in __________.

  • You have to live in the community in order to write about it (I don't want someone from Milwaukee writing about Chicago. Even if he has friends in Chicago.)

  • There can only be one post about the community. I don’t want five posts about Kew Garden Hills. There can be one post about Kew Garden Hills and if several different people want to edit/ add to it, that is fine. Perhaps they can even confer before doing so.

  • You are responsible for your post. If something changes/ a store closes, you are responsible to edit your post and keep it up to date.

  • I am the final editor.

You should include, but are not limited to:

IF DOING AN ENTIRE CITY: Communities within that city

  • Community
  • Shuls
  • Schools
  • Jewish Publications
  • Jewish Bookstores
  • Programs
  • Appliances
  • Chesed
  • Kosher Stores
  • Bakeries
  • Restaurants
  • Stores/ Malls
  • Tourist Attractions/ Things to Do

People have also recommended that I include:

  • Mikvahs
  • Hotels
Please stay within this format so that all the posts are consistent. If I had a way of making a form, I would, but I don’t.

I want as wide a range as possible. If you’re from Israel and want to write about a particular place, please do so. If you’re from Russia and want to write about a particular place, please do that, too. Any country. Anywhere. Wherever there are Jewish communities.

If you want to remain anonymous, THAT IS FINE. Either create a different blogger account or email me your submission and I will post it for you.

The purpose of this website will be to provide easy networking for the Jewish community. I should just be able to look down the sidebar, click on a link and find out everything I might want to know if I’m visiting/ moving to a community.

Yes, this is going to be time-consuming. And if you write a guide, you’ll have to put in that effort. But if this works out as I’d like it to, the results could be wonderful.

Thank you very much.

If you want to be added to this blog, email me at thecoruscation @ Or comment to this post.

(P.S. My dad needs to know about Dallas, Texas as soon as possible. Jewish communities there? Hotels? Anyone who knows, please tell me.)


haKiruv said...

This is quite an undertaking on your part. You might want to make such a project like wikipedia, or a subject in Wikipedia, where there are multiple people that can act as editors and specialists, or you're going to be very busy being the sole editor. Plus, you'll be unsure just who is telling the truth about certain places. You'll have competing PoV's from people, etc. and your work will end up growing at a potentially exponential rate. Just my two cents.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for this.

M.R. said...

Yay Chana!!! Yay, yay, yay!

Anonymous said...

That sounds like a great service. Let me reiterate my comment from the previous thread though - I think you may have missed it.

"Now that I think about it, this is a great article in general, but I have one minor quibble: Why do you use the phrase Ultra Orthodox? I'm not chareidi myself, but I'm pretty sure that most yeshivish/chassidish people don't like the term, and find it somewhat offensive. Wouldn't it be nicer to avoid it?"

iPaytoomuchformyhair said...

I can answer some questions about dallas! email me at and I can answer questions you have about the community. I have cousins who live there and have visited there. U will be surprised by how much I know about dallas :)

Shira Salamone said...

Great idea! Hakiruv's suggestions may be worth considering, though--you do want to have some homework time, come the fall. Best of luck!

D'varim P'shutim said...
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D'varim P'shutim said...

Sorry about that - Think this a good idea and wish you alot of luck .. B'hatzlacha

Anonymous said...

I can do something on Jacksonville if you like (though it is a VERY small community of course compared to what you are writing about!) I could also do something on some other places I've lived recently but it would take a lot more time.

Juggling Frogs said...

I just discovered that this is being done (beautifully) also by the incomparable Jon Abbott (of KosherBlog fame) at:
The Jewish City Guide

It's just starting up, but it has Boston, and a framework for any city.

There must be a way to share information between these two projects.

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