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Orthodox, secular Jews wage Facebook war
Jerusalem Post ^ | 2/26/09 | ELAN LUBLINER

Posted on 02/26/2009 3:38:02 PM PST by Nachum

Jewish students at the University of California, Berkeley, recently clashed over insensitive advertising for a Hillel-sponsored Valentine's Day event. The ad, which labeled a newlywed Orthodox couple as "scary," was originally posted on the Facebook social networking Web site, and generated a heated response.

LIGHT-HEARTED, OR SHAMEFUL? This ad for 'speed friendship' on Valentine's Day drew sharply divided response.

Hillel was attempting to attract students to a "speed friending" event in honor of the holiday. It was based on speed dating, a structured matchmaking process in which one meets many members of the opposite sex in a short period of time.

The ad, a Hillel staff member explained, was meant to poke fun at more traditional kinds of matchmaking. But some were not amused.

One Orthodox Jew sarcastically referred to the ad in a Facebook post: "Gasp, he has a black hat and a beard; PERHAPS it's his way of clinging to Chasidic religious tradition?"

Another commented, "How dare you? How can you be so insensitive? Are Orthodox couples frightening? Does the couple appear at all threatening?"

A secular student responded that the intention wasn't to paint Orthodox Jews as "scary," but rather the prospect of marriage.

"The caption was intended to convey the message, 'Does the idea of getting married right away seem daunting to you? Don't worry; this is a more light-hearted take on speed dating, playing to the reality that many college students are nowhere near a marriage-minded state of life, just yet, but they still might have fun with this event,'" he wrote.

But that didn't convince the increasingly aggressive commentators.

"This is disgusting and shameful," one wrote. "And this is not the first time Berkeley Hillel has offended the more observant Jewish community."

He was referring to Holocaust Memorial Day, when Hillel held a dance party, and to Hillel's failure to hold Pessah Seders for the past two years.

Berkeley Hillel has officially apologized for all of these incidents, including the Facebook ad, but many don't feel that's enough.

"Hillel has made apologies again and again, but the same things keep happening," wrote one commentator. "So what do apologies matter if mistakes don't lead to improvement?"

Eventually, the administrator of Berkeley Hillel's Facebook page replaced the controversial image with a simple picture of the sun and clouds. This led some secular Jews to mock the earlier complaints.

"The new photo completely offends me. As a vampire, I'm deathly afraid of sunlight," one Berkeley student wrote.

"It's too bad these people are so humorless. Hillel shouldn't have to say sorry every time a Hasid gets pissed off," another added.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: facebook; jews; orthodox; secular

1 posted on 02/26/2009 3:38:02 PM PST by Nachum
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To: Nachum

Berkeley? They are all losers.


2 posted on 02/26/2009 3:45:34 PM PST by MeanWestTexan (Beware Obama's Reichstag fire.)
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To: Nachum

“It’s too bad these people are so humorless. Hillel shouldn’t have to say sorry every time a Hasid gets pissed off,” another added.

hmm ok. let’s make fun of their Savior Obama and let’s see their reaction.


3 posted on 02/26/2009 3:51:06 PM PST by ari-freedom (Hail to the Dork!)
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To: Nachum

4 posted on 02/26/2009 3:53:06 PM PST by Chet 99
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To: MeanWestTexan

My thoughts exactly.....if it’s happening in or originating from Bezerkeley.....

‘nuff said.


5 posted on 02/26/2009 3:53:16 PM PST by DivaDelMar (CRAm member-- (Conservative Republicans Against mcCain) Think you're entitled to my vote? CRAm It!!!)
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To: DivaDelMar

Yeah, I am not sure what Hasids are doing at Berkeley.

Of course they mock them. Liberals hate religious people (excepting muslims) and really hate observant Jewish people. Bizzaroland.


6 posted on 02/26/2009 4:00:14 PM PST by MeanWestTexan (Beware Obama's Reichstag fire.)
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To: Nachum

“You have 1 Jew Wars request....”


7 posted on 02/26/2009 4:03:27 PM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: Chet 99

8 posted on 02/26/2009 4:14:44 PM PST by SolidWood (Palin: "In Alaska we eat therefore we hunt.")
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To: Nachum
Sadly, there's less and less Jewish in Hillel. Their pandering for the homosexual movement is just revolting.

ML/NJ

10 posted on 02/26/2009 4:48:46 PM PST by ml/nj
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To: Chet 99

I haven’t seen the movie, but the book was very good.


11 posted on 02/26/2009 5:22:13 PM PST by kalee (01/20/13 The end of an error.... Obama even worse than Carter.)
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