For Young Jews, a Service Says, ‘Please, Do Text’

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MIAMI BEACH — Settling into their seats for Rosh Hashana service, the tribe rosh hashanahtwentysomethings instinctively reached for their cellphones to turn them off, anticipating an admonition they hear often at synagogue.

Then they looked up at the white screen behind the rabbi: Pray. Write. Text. And text they did for nearly 90 minutes, sending out regrets, goals, musings and blissful thoughts, all anonymously for everyone to see.

Learn how Next Dor pilot site Temple Sholom in Miami Beach is using texting as part of their Rosh Hashanah services to engage young Jews.