The Big Felafel

The Big Felafel to be on Social Media & Aliyah Panel at the Second Jewish Bloggers Convention


After unexpectedly being listed as one of the 100 Most Influential Jewish Twitterers, The Big Felafel is finally getting its crack at stardom, more specifically, stardom amongst Jewish bloggers who live in Israel or want to move to Israel.

I am really flattered to have been asked to be on the panel “Aliyah Doesn’t End At the Airport! Employing Social Media for a successful Aliyah” at the upcoming Second Jewish Bloggers Convention in Jerusalem. Personally, I think it’s more fun to be in the audience and make wisecracks, but this year I’ll be on the stage and have to leave the peanut gallery to everyone else.

Besides being ridiculously addictive and at times stalker-esque, it really is amazing how many people I’ve interacted with and how much I’ve learned via social media – blogging, twittering, facebook, linkedin, etc.  And, although we haven’t written much lately on The Big F, since August is the vacation month in Israel, I hope we’ve also been able to share our knowledge and help others with their Israel journey.

The best part of the conference last year was meeting fellow bloggers and seeing the person behind the blog. This year it will be fun to meet people behind the tweet, as well.

Other posts about the conference:

Jewish Blog-Con: A Zionist Love Story – loved it! Orit Arfa likens Israel to a lover and confesses her feelings through the good and the bad.

The Details:

September 13, 2009

2-10pm: what? you’ve never been to an 8 hour conference?! Well, at least snack time is included. But I think nap time might be needed as well. I guess the thinking was to make the convention convenient for people in the US.


LIVE in Jerusalem: You can register for the actual, real-life, in-the-flesh, come-out-of-your-shell-and-meet-people conference in Jerusalem (50 NIS includes buffet dinner) here:

LIVE in your home via Webcast: You can watch it live over the web, but you still have to register here:

The schedule:

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM Registration and Workshops


2:30 – 3:00 PM

Session 1A

Monetizing your blog:

Dos, Don’ts and Great Expectations.

with Stephen Leavitt

Session 1B

Networking for Money:

Your Social Network has value.”Give and ye shall receive”.

with David Abitbol

Session 1C

Defending Israel Through Social Media Tools:

with Jameel@Muqata, Israel Matzav, Yishai Fleisher and Ashley Perry

Will not be webcast or recorded.
Space is limited.

3:05 – 3:45 PM

Session 2A

The Business of Blogging:

Using your blog to build a sustainable business and recurring income.

with Zack Miller

Session 2B

Twittering for Bloggers:

#JBloggers Everything you ever wanted to know, but were afraid to ask. From Intro to Expert.

with Ahuvah Berger

3:50 – 4:30 PM

Session 3A

Fascinated with Facebook:

How to use Facebook to promote yourself, your blog, your products and your services.

with Jacob Richman

Session 3B

Twittering for Bloggers:

#JBloggers Everything you ever wanted to know, but were afraid to ask. From Intro to Expert.

with Ahuvah Berger

Session 3C

Be a Better Blogger:

Nobody cares what you ate for breakfast: How to write the compelling blog post to build readership.

with David “Treppenwitz” Bogner

4:30 – 5:00 PM Networking time: Meet your fellow bloggers.
Light refreshments will be served


5:00 PM (10:00 AM EST) Opening Remarks

5:10 – 5:25 PM Convention Kickoff Speaker:
How Social Media is Influencing Community

David Horovitz, Editor in Chief, The  Jerusalem Post

5:30 – 6:45 PM First Panel: Jewish 2.0
Social Media and the Future of the Jewish Community

David Kelsey / Jewcy (News and Media),    Yonasan (Jonathan) Rosenblum / The Jerusalem Post (Religion), Orit Arfa / LA Jewish Journal (Community),     Tova Serkin / JGooders (Philanthropy)

Danielle Sheldon /Jewlicious

7:00 – 7:45 PM Dinner

7:45 – 8:00 PM Comedy with Benji Lovitt “What War Zone

8:00 – 8:45 PM Keynote Speaker: Defending Israel Online

Ron Dermer: Senior Adviser to the Prime Minister of Israel
to be followed by Q&A

8:45 – 9:45 PM Second Panel: Aliyah Doesn’t End At the Airport!
Employing Social Media for a successful Aliyah

Clifton Flack / JobShuk,  Zev Stub / Janglo,
Rebecca Markowitz / “The Big Felafel“, Marc Rosenberg (Nefesh B’Nefesh)

Moderator: Allison Kaplan Sommer
With Q&A at the end.

9:45 – 10:00 PM Closing remarks
Hope to see you there! If you’re still around and not too tired, please come say hi!


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  1. Ooh, the felafel ladies are going! See you there, you lovely, lovely, felafel ladies.


    | Reply Posted 13 years, 7 months ago
  2. * Sims says:

    I love your website – it has helped me sooooo much..really thanks for your efforts.

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 7 months ago
    • * Rebecca says:

      Thanks Sims!! if you have any ideas for a new post you’d like us to write, let me know 🙂

      | Reply Posted 13 years, 7 months ago
  3. * Joel Katz says:

    Rebecca, did you notice the sub-title for the convention: “Uniting the Jewish Community through Social Media”?

    What’s your take on the “uniting” part?

    ps – goes without saying that i’m looking forward to your talk!

    Religion and State in Israel

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 7 months ago
    • * Rebecca says:

      I didn’t want to give away everything in the post! See you Sunday 🙂

      | Reply Posted 13 years, 7 months ago
  4. * Molly says:

    Becca gonna rock it! Can’t wait to see you put Felafel on the map!

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 6 months ago
  5. * Rebecca says:

    Thanks for the support Mols – see you later 🙂

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 6 months ago

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