Jewish Journal

Facebook’s Goodness Shines Upon Jews

by Pini Herman

June 18, 2011 | 10:37 pm

Jews, I have discovered in previous research, have a much greater participation on social networking sites such as Facebook than the general population.

The Pew Internet and American Life’s new survey on social networking sites has found that the number of people on social networking sites has more than doubled since 2008 and that people with Facebook accounts have a higher degree of social well-being than those without.

The high penetration of Facebook into the American Jewish Population may greatly aid in the creation, maintenance of community.

I find it really convenient to keep up with my friends around the world especially Israel, making my connection with Israel practical rather than only spiritual.

Are social networking sites such as Facebook to be encouraged among our youth to make them better Jews?

Pini Herman serves as President of the Movable Minyan a lay-lead independent congregation in the 3rd Street area.

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Bruce Phillips is Professor of Sociology and Jewish Communal Studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles. He has conducted Jewish population...

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