Daniel Sieradski

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Daniel Sieradski
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Born (1979-06-19)June 19, 1979
Nationality American
Occupation Web strategist, writer and activist

Daniel Jonathan Sieradski (born June 19, 1979) is an American writer and activist. He was the founding publisher and editor-in-chief of Jewschool, a popular left-wing Jewish weblog,[1] as well as the weblogs Radical Torah and Orthodox Anarchist.[2] He is also the creator of the defunct synagogue listings and reviews website ShulShopper.[3] In the Fall of 2011, Sieradski organized a Yom Kippur Kol Nidre service at Occupy Wall Street that drew around 1,000 participants,[4] and erected the first structure in Zuccotti Park the police allowed to remain standing: A sukkah.[5][6][7]

Career[edit]

In 2001, Sieradski, founded Jewschool, which was called "influential" by Cnet.[8] Sieradski has also worked as a web designer and digital strategist with several Jewish organizations, including the Jewish Telegraphic Agency[9] and Repair the World.[10]

Activism[edit]

In 2004, Sieradski organized a so-called googlebomb, an attempt at manipulating Google's search rankings.[11] Responding to outrage over the placement of an antisemitic website atop the results on Google's search for the term "Jew" and a call for Google to censor its search results led by Steven Weinstock,[12] Sieradski organized a campaign which replaced the site Jew Watch with Wikipedia's entry on Jews.[13]

Sieradski organized hip-hop concerts with Israeli and Palestinian rappers, with a project called Corner Prophets, with the stated intention of promoting peace and coexistence through the arts.[14] He has also been a DJ on the jointly-operated Israeli-Palestinian FM radio station All For Peace which broadcasts from Ramallah.[15]

In August 2006, Sieradski and two fellow yeshiva students organized a benefit concert in Jerusalem attended by 80 people, that raised more than NIS4,500 or around $1,000, for Israeli and Lebanese victims of that summer's war between Israel and Hezbollah.[16][17] In January 2009, Sieradski led a similar effort to express empathy for victims on both sides of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Responding to the renewed violence in Gaza, he organized a demonstration in New York City, attended by fewer than 50 people, condemning both Israel's and Hamas's attacks on civilians.[18]

Occupy Judaism[edit]

On October 7, 2011, citing the Hebrew prophet Isaiah's admonition to fast by "feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, breaking the bonds of oppression," Sieradski organized a Kol Nidre Yom Kippur prayer service at Occupy Wall Street,[19] the mass demonstration for economic justice in Lower Manhattan that began in September 2011.[20] Some reports placed attendance at upwards of 1,000.[4] The Forward's editor Jane Eisner called it a positive "turning point" in American Judaism,[21] while Commentary (magazine) called it "a deeply troubling trend that all who care about the Jewish future would do well to take seriously."[22] Sieradski has also been credited with erecting the first structure in Zuccotti Park allowed to remain standing by police: a sukkah.[5][6][7]

Nothing to Hide[edit]

In June 2013, reacting to Americans' complacency over the mass surveillance disclosures revealed by Edward Snowden, Sieradski set up a Twitter account, @_nothingtohide, that retweeted users who expressed a lack of concern or outright support for U.S. government surveillance.[23] The account became the focus of a column by Ross Douthat in The New York Times.[24]

Acclaim[edit]

Sieradski has been described and as "a major figure of the Jewish Internet world and a cultural trailblazer with a diverse fan base" by The Forward.[2] B'nai B'rith Magazine called him a "fresh faced iconoclast ... redefining American Judaism,"[25] and Tikkun said he was "fast becoming one of the most recognized Jewish literary voices on the Internet."[26] The Jewish Standard described Sieradski as "a leader in a Jewish movement that is trying to a create a new image for Judaism to project to its youth,"[27] he was called "an innovator in Jewish new media" by Editor & Publisher.[28] In 2008, The Jewish Week counted Sieradski among a group of 36 Jewish New Yorkers under the age of 36 "who are combining mitzvot, leadership and passion in making the world a better place."[29][30] In 2010, he was numbered among The Forward 50, an annual listing of the 50 most influential American Jews.[31] Haaretz has called him a "professional thorn in the side of the American Jewish establishment."[32]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Olidort, Shoshana (January 13, 2006). "The Pastrami Chronicles: Famed Deli Closes". The Forward. Retrieved October 4, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Levenson, Claire (August 17, 2007). "Leading Blogger Joins Jewish Mainstream". The Forward. Retrieved September 30, 2009. 
  3. ^ Wagner, Matthew (February 20, 2007). "Looking for a funky place to pray? Click here.". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Goldman, Lisa (October 7, 2011). "1,000 Jews gather at Wall St. for #occupy-yomkippur Kol Nidre". +972 Magazine. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Anderson, Lincoln (November 3, 2011). "A new type of tent city has grown at Occupy Wall Street". The Villager. Retrieved June 22, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Sledge, Matt (October 26, 2011). "Occupy Wall Street Erects A Tent City In Zuccotti Park, With Little Reaction From NYPD". Huffington Post. Retrieved June 22, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Chandler, Doug (October 18, 2011). "‘Occupy’ Figurehead On ‘Inside,’ ‘Outside’". The Jewish Week. Retrieved June 22, 2012. 
  8. ^ Becker, David (April 7, 2004). "Google caught in anti-Semitism flap". Cnet. Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
  9. ^ Levinson, Claire (April 15, 2007). "Leading Blogger Joins Jewish Mainstream". The Forward. Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
  10. ^ Dvora, Meyers (October 28, 2010). "Repair’s Daniel Sieradski makes the Forward 50". Repair the World. Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
  11. ^ Hoffman, Guy (April 19, 2004). "הקישור היהודי של גוגל". Ha'aretz. Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
  12. ^ Pilcher, Bradford (April 15, 2004). "The answer to hate speech is...". Just Another Rant. Retrieved 2013-09-05. 
  13. ^ Berkofsky, Joe (April 30, 2004). "Searching for 'Jew': Google Duel Shows Challenge of the Digital Age". j. Retrieved September 30, 2009. 
  14. ^ Berman, Daphna (March 4, 2005). "Rap Riffs to Heal the Rifts". Haaretz. Retrieved October 1, 2009. 
  15. ^ Bronson, Sarah (November 3, 2005). "It Sounds Better in English". Haaretz. Retrieved October 1, 2009. 
  16. ^ Baginsky, Ben (September 5, 2006). "From Both Sides Now". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved October 1, 2009. 
  17. ^ Prusher, Ilene (August 30, 2006). "Good deed meets cross-border challenge". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved October 9, 2009. 
  18. ^ Doug Chandler, "Rally Organizers See A More 'Energized' Community", The Jewish Week, January 14, 2009.
  19. ^ Sieradski, Daniel (October 4, 2011). "Kol Nidre Minyan at #OccupyWallStreet". Mobius1ski (Personal blog). Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  20. ^ Kaleem, Jaweed (October 7, 2011). "Yom Kippur Service Taking Place At Occupy Wall Street". Huffington Post. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  21. ^ Eisner, Jane (October 13, 2011). "Why 'Occupy Judaism' Is Turning Point". The Forward. Retrieved June 22, 2012. 
  22. ^ Ackerman, Matthew (October 10, 2011). "A Sad Mix of Judaism and Radical Politics at "Occupy Wall Street"". Commentary (magazine). Retrieved June 22, 2012. 
  23. ^ Shackford, Scott (June 12, 2013). "3 Reasons the Nothing to Hide Crowd Should Be Worried About Government Surveillance." Reason. Accessed September 15, 2013.
  24. ^ Douthat, Ross (June 8, 2013). "Your Smartphone Is Watching You." The New York Times. Accessed September 15, 2013.
  25. ^ Greenberg, Richard; Cohen, Debra Nussbaum (Fall 2005). "Uncovering the Un-Movement" (PDF). B'nai B'rith Magazine. Archived from the original on 23 September 2005. Retrieved 2013-09-05. 
  26. ^ Siwek, Daniel (June–July 2005). "An Interview with the Orthodox Anarchist". Tikkun. Retrieved October 1, 2009. 
  27. ^ Weiss, Steven I. (2005). "Jewish Renaissance Man" (JPG). The Jewish Standard. Retrieved October 1, 2009. 
  28. ^ "Trio of Appointments for a Jewish News Agency". Editor & Publisher. August 21, 2007. Retrieved October 1, 2009. 
  29. ^ "36 Under 36". The Jewish Week. May 21, 2008. Retrieved October 1, 2009. [dead link]
  30. ^ "36 Under 36: New Media Types". The Jewish Week. May 21, 2008. Archived from the original on 20 November 2008. Retrieved 2013-09-05. 
  31. ^ "Forward 50". The Forward. October 26, 2010. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  32. ^ "Are U.S. Jewish organizations hypocrites on immigration?". Haaretz. June 17, 2012. Retrieved June 22, 2012. 

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