You matter, and you matter to Judaism. We are here because you are important to us and to God. Simple as that.
PunkTorah, a 501(c)(3) Jewish non-profit, is an online community helping people who have fallen through the cracks of Jewish life. Our multimedia network spreads a message of love, inclusion and hope to thousands of people around the world. No matter what shape you are, at PunkTorah, you fit.
Our Community’s History
Patrick Aleph founded PunkTorah in April 2009 as a simple YouTube video blog. Today, PunkTorah is a non-profit organization with campaigns in every area of Jewish living. We are independent and unaffiliated…just like you!
We have self-published seven books, an album, launched PunkTorah.org, OneShul.org, developed The G-d Project video series, hosted events, presented at conferences and synagogues, written for other websites and magazines, managed an incredibly successful social network and touched the hearts of Jews around the world. We are currently developing an online school called the Darshan Yeshiva to train lay Jewish spiritual leaders.
Our organization relies entirely on donations to prosper. Please consider a tax deductible contribution via Paypal or snail mail.
So what is “punk” about “PunkTorah”?
Punk, like hippie, rapper, beatnik or whatever, means outsider. It means independent, DIY, pluralistic, forward thinking. It also means someone who is marginalized.
If you feel like that, then you’re PunkTorah, too.
Will you review my book/music/film?
We would love to see your work! While you are welcome to submit any kind of media related to Jewish spirituality to us, please note that sending us something does not mean we will review it. All reviews are done by volunteers who have a heck of a lot going on in their lives. Also, we have a policy that if we cannot write a positive review of your work, we simply won’t post a review, period. Our mom’s taught us that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Still convinced? Send us packages to the address at the bottom of the page.
Who is Patrick Aleph?
Rabbi Patrick Aleph is the founder and executive director of PunkTorah. You can learn more about him on his personal page.
Can I write/blog/make videos/sing songs/raise money for you?
Please do! We always need:
-Writers for PunkTorah.org
-Service leaders for OneShul.org
-Web Developers (experience in WordPress)
Email firstname.lastname@example.org. He will get back to you within 72 hours.
Where are the PunkTorah people in my community? Where are your local events?
They’re online! Come to OneShul.org. We don’t keep databases of where everyone lives (we’re not Google or the FBI). Besides, if we did, wouldn’t that be kinda creepy?
How is PunkTorah funded?
Our current budget is about $50,000. This is what it takes to have one full time employee, freelance tech and creative geniuses, two websites including the only online, independent minyan in the known world, and all 700 of our YouTube videos as well as blogs, podcasts, eBooks, music, and anything else the Jewish community needs.
85% of the donations we receive are from people like you.
The other 15% comes from selling cool Jewish products, small grants from Jewish organizations, and a few bucks from the sale of online advertising, ebooks and music.
PH: (404) 735-3575
Note that we are closed on weekends and all Jewish holidays
3530 Piedmont Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30305