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#openShabbat at @SXSW 2014 helps you connect – Without a mobile device or computer

Shut off all your devices, take a break from the activities and reconnect with humanity at this Chabad-sponsored Shabbat
Alan Weinkrantz speaks to past and future SXSW attendees (photo credit: Rami Frankl)
Alan Weinkrantz speaks to past and future SXSW attendees (photo credit: Rami Frankl)

Every spring in Austin, Texas 40,000 people converge for the annual SXSW Interactive/Music/Film Festival, which takes place from March 7 – 16. Israel’s presence is always there, with many start-ups, filmmakers and musicians attending, speaking or performing, along with members of the Jewish community from all over the world.

One of my favorite SXSW events is Rabbi Mordechai and Chana Lightstone’s #openShabbat, which takes place on the first Friday of SXSW, March 7. Mordechai serves as Social Media Director and a contributing journalist to Lubavitch.com, the headquarters news site of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement.

A portion of the dinner is funded through private donations. The balance is funded through an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign which you can take part in here.

As plugged in, wired, and connected as we all are, #openShabbat is a chance to connect without the gizmos and gadgetry and have a chance to share Shabbat with SXSW attendees from all over the world. I’ve been every year, and it’s a great way to disconnect from the online world, and reconnect with humanity.

If you’re coming to SXSW 2014, please join us. And if you can’t please join us online with your support.

Either way there’ll be a place for you at the table in person, or a L’cahim in your spirit if you take place from afar.

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About the Author
Alan Weinkrantz is a Tech PR / Startup Communications advisor to Israeli and U.S. companies, and is the Brand Ambassador and Senior Advisor for James Brehm & Associates, one of the leading IoT (Internet of Things) strategy and consulting firms.
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