Archive for September, 2011

Jewish Exponent

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

For young and old, Elul, the month leading up to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, is a time of reflection. Beyond the shofar-making and other standard pre-holiday events, this year, a number of synagogues and other institutions have mixed in some non-traditional programming.

Organizers attribute the explosion of innovative events in part to the generosity of this year’s Jewish calendar, which put Rosh Hashanah nearly a month after Labor Day and the start of the new school year.

Read the full article here

Washington Jewish Week

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

A teen’s spiritual perspective

The alarm sounded, and I quickly jumped out of bed. Six in the morning had snuck up on me faster than I had anticipated, and suddenly I was thrown into the chaos of teachers, textbooks, schedules and everything else encompassed in the first day of school. I sat in homeroom that first day, my heart and head aching, as I dreamed of hiking in Israel and praying in a synagogue in Bulgaria as I had done during my long summer days. I tuned in to my principal, who was discussing over the intercom all the opportunities this new school year could bring, giving me much cause to think.

I began to think of what the New Year meant, for me and for everyone around me.

Read the full article here

The Jewish Federation of Greater LA

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

A few years back, at REBOOT summit, I found myself thinking a lot about the art of reflection and the importance of conserving memories; my grandma had recently died and I was taken with the fact that she had left virtually no written record of her internal life. A hundred thousand bowls of chicken soup over the years but not a single journal or letter.

Chatting with New Yorker editor, Ben Greenman, and Reboot’s own Amelia Klein, we wondered, what if we could create an online time-capsule type Q&A experiment where people could ponder their world, both internal and external, and have their answers kept in a private vault for posterity. And what if we then repeated the experience the next year and the next so you could get to visit with older versions of yourself?

Read Nicola Behrman’s full blog post here

Remember Your New Year Reflections with 10Q

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

10Q co-founder Nicola Behrman writes on the blog of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles about the history of the 10Q project:

“A few years back, at REBOOT summit, I found myself thinking a lot about the art of reflection and the importance of conserving memories; my grandma had recently died and I was taken with the fact that she had left virtually no written record of her internal life. A hundred thousand bowls of chicken soup over the years but not a single journal or letter.”

See the entire blog here

Jewish Journal

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Being a congregational rabbi for thirty years I had that old familiar feeling that comes every fall. Hmmm… what should I talk about this year? You would think that after thirty years it would get easier but it doesn’t. I still sit in front of a blank piece of paper (or computer screen) and wonder how I can best use my three magic wishes. Wishes? Well, I wish to give three great sermons that will send everyone out of the synagogue better than they were when they came in. Yes, better in every way — better people, better Jews, better inhabitants of this tiny planet. (Is that too much to ask for?) Once I opened the “10Q” email I knew it could help all of us fulfill our wishes.

Read the full article here

Reflect back, Reflect forward

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Hey 10Q-er,

By now you should have received your 2010 10Q answers back by email.

What did it feel like to see what you were thinking last year? Have you made the changes you said you wanted to?  Do you have extra resolve to make them happen if they didn’t? How about new goals?

But before you 10Q again starting Sept. 28, we’d love to hear what it felt like reading the answers and visiting with your last year’s Self.

So reflect on reflection on our 10Q Facebook and Twitter pages.

If you didn’t get your answers back or are having any technical issues, email us at:

All the best,

10Q HQ

10Q:  Life’s Biggest Questions.  Answered By You.

Don’t tweet it, Facebook it, or even Google+ it: 10Q it!

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Reboot’s 10Q project starts Sept. 28

In an era where most reflection happens publicly in 140 characters or less, the 10Q project provides a private, deeper online forum for personal reflection beyond the waffles you had for breakfast.

Timed to coincide with the Jewish New Year, traditionally a time of introspection and self-reflection, 10Q will email you a question a day for 10 days about the year that’s past and the year to come. After the 10-day period, send your answers to a digital vault. A year later, you will get your answers back and you can begin the process again. Over time, you will build up an archive of sorts of beliefs, experiences and feelings.

“Thanks to new technologies like texting and Twitter, people have more opportunities than ever to express themselves, but fewer than ever to express themselves well,” said 10Q co-founder Ben Greenman, a New Yorker editor. “What 10Q wants people to do is what people should want to do for themselves — to reflect on life without worrying about status updates.”

Powered by Reboot, an incubator of Jewish arts and culture, with Greenman, screenwriter Nicola Behrman, and Reboot Acting Executive Director Amelia Klein, the 10Q project ( is in its fourth year.

Want to see 10Q live and in person? Attend one of our live “WITH REGRETS” events in New York and Los Angeles – two evenings of comedy, storytelling and atonement dedicated to our biggest confessions of 2011.

On Sept. 22 in LA, comedian Moshe Kasher will host with performers such as Time Magazine columnist and humorist Joel Stein; TV writer Tami Sagher; author and Found magazine co-founder Davy Rothbart; comedian and Conan writer Todd Levin; SMITH Magazine and The Six-Word Memoir Project founder Larry Smith; and actor Michaela Watkins. (8 p.m. M Bar, 1253 Vine St., LA. Reservations required at 323.856.0036).

On Sept. 27 in NY, comedians Jessica Chaffin and Jessi Klein will host with performers such as comedian and storyteller Michele Carlo; L Magazine’s Jonny Diamond; author and Esquire editor at large A.J. Jacobs; New Yorker editor and author Ben Greenman; Record Setter founder Dan Rollman, comedian Mark Malkoff; and radio personality Starlee Kine. (8 p.m. Drom, 85 Avenue A, NY). For more information about the events, visit

The events are also sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles in partnership with Smith Magazine and the Six-Word Memoir Project, Record Setter, Found Magazine and East Side Jews.

You don’t need to be Jewish to 10Q. While the 10Q project is a reinvention of the ancient ritual of reflection between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and occurs during the Jewish High Holidays, it is intended for people of all backgrounds and has attracted participation of people of many denominations, including Catholics, Episcopalians, Buddhists and Muslims. The 10Q questions are about your place on the planet, and the planet’s place within you.

If you participated last year, your answers will be sent back to you on Wednesday.

Otherwise, get your 10Q on! Sign up now at

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

These are all deep and reflective type questions which can help you think about your life and its significance. They are questions that require you to take a step back from your day to day activities in order to take the necessary time to answer them.

Read the full article here.

St. Louis Jewish Light

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Remember way back when, when we kept written diaries of our daily thoughts, not to mention adolescent crushes and weight-loss progress?

Well apparently that sort of reflection has been lost in today’s fast-paced society, which is why something called Reboot 10Q sounds so interesting.

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