Ichud HaKehillos LeTohar HaMachane

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The Ichud HaKehillos LeTohar HaMachane (Hebrew: איחוד הקהילות לטוהר המחנה‎; "union of communities for the purity of the camp") is an Orthodox Jewish organization. It educates Jews about pornography-use habits, Internet addiction, and other problems that can result from Internet usage.[1]

Technology Awareness Group[edit]

The Ichud HaKehillos has founded a sister group called the Technology Awareness Group (TAG). It provides various services to its target market, including installing and configuring Web filtering and monitoring software on computers, smartphones and other devices. TAG is a nonprofit organization staffed by volunteers, and there is no fee for any of its services. TAG has offices in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia and elsewhere; TAG also provides certain services worldwide using remote desktop software. In total, TAG fields about 1000 phone calls from around the world every day.

As of January 2020, TAG operates 40 offices in 16 countries and territories, staffed by over 400 volunteers.[2] TAG operates 6 offices in the UK[3], as well as 3 offices in Israel[4]; other similar Israeli organizations include OutNet and the היעוץ המקצועי שעל ידי ועידת הרבנים לביצור חומת הדת technology advice hotline.[5]


To help promote awareness of the issues at hand, the Ichud HaKehillos has organized some gatherings.

On September 27, 2005, a gathering was held in Lakewood, NJ, shortly before Rosh Hashana.[6] The leaders enacted a policy that children with Internet access are subject to being dismissed from any private Orthodox Jewish school in Lakewood.

On May 20, 2012, a rally was held in New York City, to promote the use of filters and further raise awareness. The rally was held at Citi Field and Arthur Ashe Stadium. Over 60,000 people attended.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Otterman, Sharon (18 May 2012). "Ultra-Orthodox Jews to Hold Big Meeting on Internet Risks". The New York Times. p. A24. Retrieved 1 August 2013.
  2. ^ "Technology Awareness Group". TAG. Retrieved 2020-01-16.
  3. ^ "TAG Offices and Opening Hours | TAG Support". tag.org.uk. Retrieved 2020-01-16.
  4. ^ "TAG Israel | Offices". TAG Israel. Retrieved 2020-01-16.
  5. ^ the.guard. "Filter Help". Breaking Free Chizuk newsletter (#1642).
  6. ^ "Lakewood Internet Asifa - Announcement". Yeshivishe News weblog.

Further reading[edit]

  • Becker, Joshua (1 February 2013). "Milwaukee Orthodox Jews act against Internet dangers". The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2013. This is an article which speaks about the Technology Awareness Group.
  • Challenge of the Times (PDF). 100 pages. This publication was given to attendees at the rally held in May 2012 in New York City. FailedMessiah.com has posted a copy of the publication on its website.

External links[edit]

Note: Ichud HaKehillos LeTohar HaMachane does not have a website.