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Rabbi Zalman Melamed of Beit El

The Association of Community Rabbis in Israel has launched a new initiative for Rabbis, educators, and anyone who wishes that his Torah to be submitted properly, pass the screen and reach an audience.

The group issued an invitation to all of the above, saying: “We aspire to deliver Jewish information to human hearts all over the world, and we begin with you, on the 28th of Av (August 9), at a Spirituality and Media conference which will train people of Torah in the arts of writing, speaking and television.”

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The list of presenters include some of Israel’s most prominent rightwing celebrities: Erel Segal, Sivan Rahav Meir, Yedidya Meir, Amiad Cohen (Keren Tikva), MK Bezalel Smotrich, Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, Emmanuel Shilo, Guy Yariv, Assaf Fassi, and Dana Veron.

The conference received a warm endorsement from the dean of Beit El Yeshiva, Rabbi Zalman Melamed, who urged Israeli rabbis to learn how to express themselves in the media.

“It is very important that the voice of the rabbis be heard. Rabbis need to know how to speak to the media, and to be careful that their words are heard correctly,” Rabbi Melamed said.

“At the conference we will become familiar with the power of the media and understand the importance of participating in the discourse,” the invite continued. “We will examine how an agenda is created and how to affect it. We will work together on how to refine deep ideas and accept practical tools.

“Conference sessions will include Facebook Specialties (beginners and advanced); Writing articles and opinion pieces; Public Speaking; Standing in front of a camera; and the Art of the Debate.

“This conference is the starting point of an extensive program that we are building for you. Those who wish to continue with us is invited to participate in specially designed and highly focused training programs: Facebook Workshop; Journalistic and media writing workshop; Video workshop; and standing in front of a camera.

Participants in the event are urged to bring along a laptop, which they can rent in advance by calling 1-700-555-838.

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