It has been seven years since PunkTorah started as “Punk Rock Torah” on YouTube. A weekly commentary on the Torah from a punk rock singer became a website, a non-profit, and the amazing online community we are today.
A lot has changed in seven years. We have the blog under our belts, as well as the online synagogue OneShul and the online Jewish school Darshan Yeshiva, providing distance learning conversion to Judaism and lay spiritual leader training. There have been some missteps along the way: websites that came and went, things we thought would take off but did not.
Where we are today is somewhere that best can be described as magical. You, the PunkTorah community, are making it all happen. And it has made us think strongly about what we need to spend our time working on, and what we needed to let go.
PunkTorah Blog Will Be Frozen In Carbonite
From this point forward, the PunkTorah blog will be going into archive mode. There are lots of great Jewish blogs out there and we would rather sail off into the sunset than attempt to compete for attention in a crowded space. You’ll always be able to search our archive and glean lots of amazing spiritual lessons.
Instead of our blog, PunkTorah will be focused on new creative projects, including Questions@, our latest community offering. More announcements coming soon, we promise.
Long Live OneShul (thanks Ketzirah!)
We’re thrilled that Kohenet Ketzirah, the long time co-leader of OneShul has stepped up to be our director. Ketzirah will be guiding the online community, growing it in ways we cannot yet imagine. But she will need your help! So make sure to reach out to her.
We never thought Darshan Yeshiva would grow the way that it did. That is because you, the online community, wanted it more than anything else. So Darshan Yeshiva will be our primary focus, growing our online conversion program, creating new classes, and finding more ways to improve the community aspect of the website.