Welcome to Kehila, the premier community of Jewish and Israel bloggers on the web. The idea of Kehila is simple: Sign up and promote others. If you do, others will end up promoting you! Founded by Eric @ The Israel Situation, Kehila Blogging is open to anyone with an active Jewish/Israel themed blog. It can be personal or professional. There are no big rules, you only have to be Jewish and write about a related topic. The community belongs jointly to each person who joins.Here are links to some of our first editions from last fall:
The First Kehila Carnival Ever! by Eric @ The Israel Situation
The High Holy Days Edition by Ruti Mizrachi @ Hakol Nuchal!
I am sure that I am missing some editions. Please leave those links in the comments section.
The carnival, or round-up, aspect of Kehila Blogging has been revamped. Editions will be published monthly on or around Rosh Hodesh (the first day of each of the Hebrew months).
This edition is called the Shevat/Adar Alef Edition, as it is supposed to be made up of posts from Shevat, and then published on Rosh Hodesh Adar Alef. The name does not have to be the name of a month, though.
Stay in contact with your fellow Kehila Blogging members! When Eric approves your membership, he will place you on our e-mail group, and you will be able to add your blog to Kehila's Official Membership List, so that your fellow members will be able to check out, and help promote your blog. If you are a Kehila Blogging member, but are not yet receiving our periodic e-mails, let Eric know. He may be contacted by clicking on one of the images above, and leaving a message for him in the Kehila Blogging site's comments section.
Hosting is also a great way to increase traffic on your blog, and to meet fellow bloggers sharing similar interests. Let Eric know if you would like to host. Our membership currently includes 20 blogs, and even more bloggers. So, with a blogging carnival edition currently published only once every month, members would not even have to take a turn hosting more than once every couple of years! However, as we build momentum, no doubt our carnivals will increase in frequency!
Don't forget to join us on our Facebook Page, too!
Now, without further adieu, I am proud to present this month's Kehila Blogging Carnival!
I still do not know what to make of the UFO sighting over the Temple Mount last week. Eric @ The Israel Situation has all of the latest in one place in The Temple Mount UFO In Jerusalem Round Up. Meanwhile, Violence Sweeps The Arab World.
Independent Patriot writing at Liberty's Spirit comments on the state of affairs in various Arab countries in Cultural Relativism, Political Correctness, Elitist Racism and the Death of Freedom in the Arab Middle East.
Trying to get to the bottom it all, I ask the questions, and give my Esser Agaroth, on Just What Exactly Is The Muslim Brotherhood? and Is Jordan Next?
Eric @ The Israel Situation tells us how several countries are already Recognizing A "Palestinian" State.
Batya at Shiloh Musings asks What Happened To The "Free Jonathan Pollard" Campaign?
Life In Israel (Kehila = Community)
Isramom tells us about a program which helps the elderly, Aging In The Computer Age. But the elderly aren't the only ones who benefit from this program!
Ruti at Hakol Nuchal presents Food Prep And Jewish Meditation.
Rivkah at Bat Aliya relays here experiences of being an olah hadashah (new immigrant) in After Ulpan and It's Better To Buy It In Israel.
Can you guess what's happening in this photo, sent in by Batya at Me-Ander? Here's another photo of hers, which could only be found at a bus station in Israel,...or perhaps Borough Park?
(Outside of Israel)Lady-Light at Tikkun Olam brings us What Do The Talmud And The Chinese Have In Common?
Ima 2 Seven shares a personal, family story with us in It Could Always Be Worse.
Susan Esther at To Kiss A Mezuzah shares a poignant piece with us, Life Is Fragile.
Leah at Ingathered provides us with an interesting take on Jewish Feminism in Does Jewish Feminism Empower Women?
Yosefa at Life In The Married Lane is a relatively new immigrant to Israel. She also talks about Judaism, Feminism, and Marriage.
Here is a Tu b'Shevat related post by Minnesota Mamleh. It's called Let's Talk Going Green.
I disagree with some of Lady-Light's post Orthodoxy Or Secularism: Which Is More Fulfilling? at Tikkun Olam. But, she does may some good points.
Hadassah at In The Pink has an interesting Mikvah Question. Hmm... I had never thought of this one.
Check out Benzion's post at Izgad, G. K. Chesterton And Jewish Hats. What did you think a Jewish hat actually looked like?
Isramom brings us One Melody - Two Renditions, and tells us a little about the Modzitz hassidic dynasty.
Miriyummy brings us Life Is Like A Box Of Chocolates. In the beginning, she recounts for us some interesting Internet experiences, and concludes with a recipe, which I was thinking about recently. Spooky, huh? But, you'll have to go check out this post, to discover what this recipe if for!
Miriyummy gives us another recipe and story, as well, in No Awful Offal. This one is for a vegetarian chopped liver. I hope to try this one!
Hadassah at In The Pink has a message for Adam Richman in Man v Food.
This post at Cooking Outside The Box caught my attention, as I have an interest in survivalist strategies, finding food probably being the most crucial: Stinging Nettles Soup - Picking Edible Weeds.
I'll Call Baila debates the fate of her blog in My Poor, Abandoned Blog. See, if you can give a boost of encouragement by visiting!
OK. Now comes the next main reason for being part of Kehila Blogging. The first was about getting your own blog publicized and gaining increased traffic. The next is to go forth and publicize each edition of our carnival or round-up (Let's decide together what to call it!). Remember, the more publicity and traffic Kelila Blogging gets, the more publicity and traffic you get for your blogs! So, go out and post this link on your blog, tweet it, share on Facebook, send it out on relevant e-lists and e-groups, post it on relevant forums, and anything else you can think of! Then when you decide to host, the rest of us will go out and do the same.