Media and Tech


Why Net Neutrality Is a Social Justice Issue

May 15, 2014

We’re sharing this article from the ZEEK archive in honor of ‪#‎InternetSlowdown‬ day. Small online magazines like ZEEK need ‪#‎NetNeutrality‬.

“Imagine if you had to pay extra to get good water pressure at home. That’s what the internet would be like without net neutrality,” writes Jo Ellen Green Kaiser, ZEEK board chair & executive director of The Media Consortium.

Morning Jew: Jewish Porn Star, Kansas City JCC Shooter & Spain Doubles Down

April 18, 2014

Comedians Katie Halper and Heather Gold unpack this week’s news. And oy, what a week it’s been. Happy Passover. Watch Morning Jew now!

Holocaust-deniers on Facebook, Trapeze-Swinging Singers, Rabbi-Endorsed Polygamy--Nu? It's Morning Jew!

April 4, 2014

Comedians Katie Halper & Heather Gold take down the news of the week. Watch. Be amazed. Laugh. Share.

#OwnBossy, Jewish Charades, God on Facebook -- Morning Jew with Comedians Katie Halper & Heather Gold

March 16, 2014

Comics Katie Halper and Heather Gold tackle the week’s headlines: why we shouldn’t #BanBossy (“we should #OwnBossy” and own our own power). Plus, God’s Facebook page, Jewish charades, Jewmunity and Condi Rice. Watch the new Morning Jew, with comedians Katie Halper and Heather Gold.

Zeek enjoys partnering with comics Katie Halper and Heather Gold, to bring you Morning Jew, a tongue-in-cheek take-down of morning news shows, talking heads, and the news itself. Is it good for the Jews?

Morning Jew, Mega: Why some scandals are more scandalous than others

March 10, 2014

Nu, Is the News Good for the Jews?

It’s a mega-webisode of Morning Jew! Michele Bachmann chastising Jews, ultra-Orthodox protesting mandatory Israeli military service and what’s with the low on-screen, on-stage Jewish quotient at the Oscars, despite Idina and Bette. Plus Rep Alan Grayson, and why some scandals are more scandalous than others.

Morning Jew: RIP Caring Comic Harold Ramis, Post-Pope Fashion, and the Insidious Ted Nugent Strikes Again

February 28, 2014

Nu, Is the News Good for the Jews?

On this week’s Morning Jew, comedians Katie Halper and Heather Gold chime in on the connection between racist Tea Baggers like Ted Nugent and paranoid Jews, the “Nazi” Pope’s return, and pay tribute to the irreplaceable mensch Harold Ramis, master of caring comedy: “Just because it’s broad doesn’t mean it has to be shallow.”

Morning Jew: Anti-Gay Laws, Crypto-Jews, Olympic Weddings, and Mishpokhe Messages!

February 20, 2014

The Week in Review with Morning Jew: this week, comics Heather Gold and Katie Halper tackle new anti-gay Jim Crow style laws, crypto-Jews in New Mexico and Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir’s new Jewish husband. Plus a new feature debuts: Mishpokke Messages. (Send us yours!)

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Morning Jew: A Younger, Sexier ADL Head (of Hair); Woody Allen & a Bubbe Alert!

February 14, 2014

In the new Morning Jew, Heather Gold and Katie Halper weigh in on Natalie Portman, Woody Allen, a bubbe’s heartfelt warning to a gay grandson not to go to Sochi. Plus, a nomination to take the place of the ADL’s Abe Foxman, who’s stepping down. Watch now to find out who the “new face, new head of hair,” younger, sexier ADL head should be.

Morning Jew with Katie Halper and Heather Gold: From the Warsaw Ghetto to the Grammys to Scandinavia

January 30, 2014

In this week’s Morning Jew, comics Heather Gold and Katie Halper ask if this week’s news is good for the Jews — from billionaire, Kristillnacht-fantasizing Ted Perkins to Grammy marriage equality moment with Macklemore, Queen Latifah and Madonna, and Warsaw Ghetto hero Irving Milchberg and Sweden and Denmark’s ban on circumcision. Good for the Jews? Laugh. Weigh in. Share.

Morning Jew with Katie Halper and Heather Gold: Is Bridgegate the best thing for Jews since sliced challah?

January 19, 2014

In the new episode of Morning Jew, Heather wonders if Bridgegate may actually be the best thing for Jews since sliced challah, and the two funny ladies dig into why the New York Times’ Bill Keller feels the need to tell a woman with cancer to shut up already. Plus, Chelsea Handler, and the origins of Ashkenazi names.

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Morning Jew: January 10, with Comics Katie Halper and Heather Gold

January 10, 2014

In this week’s new Morning Jew, comics Katie Halper and Heather Gold plumb the Vortex, slain Hasidic landlord Menachem Stark, and other news stories, asking, “Is the news good for the Jews?” Watch the funny ladies turn the ups and downs of the headlines upside-down in search of the “Shonda of the Week.”

Morning Jew. 2013 — Was it good for the Jews?

January 3, 2014

Zeek is pleased to kick off the new year with a partnership with [Morning Jew], comics Katie Halper and Heather Gold’s tongue-in-cheek takedown of morning news shows, talking heads, and the news itself. Is it good for the Jews?

In this webisode, comics Katie Halper and Heather Gold take an absurd look at 2013: Sheryl Sandberg, Orthodox rabbis, marriage equality, Woody Allen, the Pope: what was good for Jews? Who made the kvell and shonda of the year? What could be the best thing for Jews in 2014?

Jewish vs. Goyish! A Chanukah Remix

November 25, 2013

Just in time for Chanukah, funnyman Josh Healey’s comedic trip from Mos Def to masturbation to God himself to see who comes out ahead in that age-old battle: Jewish vs. Goyish. Read the article.

Design Matters: Social Media & Social Change

October 4, 2013

Technologies are not innocent. They embody human values. And the way we design them determines winners and losers among us, writes Asaf Bar-Tura. Here’s what you should be thinking about when you’re thinking about social change online.

One Woman's Quest for Holy Chutzpah. Dude.

May 24, 2013

“I’m standing on the shoulders of hilarious giants full of chutzpah,” self-described comedienne, director, and writer Jessie Kahnweiler tells Zeek about her new web-based miniseries, “Dude, Where’s My Chutzpah?” The Six Points fellow took time out of her launch celebrations yesterday to answer some questions for Zeek.

A Not-So-Brief Reflection on Limmud NY 2013 Through Twitter

March 15, 2013

If Twitter is all about about capturing a moment in time, what happens when we look back? @EstherK reflects on the Twitter trail of Limmud NY 2013. From @ to #.

In Defense of the Online Minyan

December 3, 2012

The synagogue in ancient Alexandria, Egypt, was so large that they had to wave flags so that the people in the back knew when to answer “amen.” The online service is essentially the same thing.

The Haredi World Wide Web

June 21, 2012

Last month’s 60,000 strong Ultra-Orthodox rally decrying the Internet made headlines, with many mainstream and Jewish media outlets clucking their tongues. Yet the rally was but the latest chapter in a long history of Haredi engagement with, and fear of, the Internet. The situation is far more complex, nuanced, and interesting than the rally and its media snickerers suggest.

Getting Beyond Outreach: Web 2.0 Judaism

August 3, 2011

I told the Federation rep, “You’d have to transfer power and resources from a top-down agenda to a listening agenda. You’d have to grant a voice to people who aren’t major donors yet. You’d have to message differently, write differently, even think differently about what your relationship with your constituents is supposed to look like.”

They laughed a bit and said, “That’s not going to happen.”

Is Post-Rapture Looting Permitted on Shabbos?

May 20, 2011

Halachic advice for potential left-behinds in case of global apocalypse.

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