Sabbath greetings through SMS
Sydney's Great Synagogue has become the first Jewish community in the world to send Sabbath greetings via SMS. The new leader of the community - 39-year-old British-born and Oxford-educated Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence - said the traditional Sabbath greeting "Shabbat Shalom" was sent to in more than 700 messages.
"Everybody has a mobile phone. It's a way of getting to people.", said Lawrence, who uses PowerPoint presentations during services and offers online Jewish education programs with lecture notes delivered to the participants' Palm Pilots beforehand.