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The Top 10 Jewish Twitter Users

Our look at some of the most entertaining and thought-provoking tweeters out there

By: Zak Edwards

Published: April 25th, 2014 in Business » World

The Top 10 Jewish Twitter Users

Welcome to Jewish Top 10s, where we compile lists that highlight the best and the brightest of everything yehudi, from delicious recipes to funniest actors, to most obnoxious Jewish wedding songs.

Man do Jews dominate Twitter. Our feeds are filled with Jewish people and organizations keeping us in the loop with everything Jewish, from kosher recipes to the funniest Jews in the world. If you have Twitter and you don’t follow these guys, you are missing out.

Here’s our favorite Jewish accounts, ranging from the diabolically funny to the importantly political. Your feed needs these voices, whether to pee yourself laughing or to stay connected to Jews around the world. Of course, be sure to follow ShalomLife on Twitter too, your best Jewish resource on the TwitterSphere!

10.


Jewish Events @jewishevents

Followers: 69.1K

Type: History/Event Listing

Favourite Recent Tweet: “Today in Jewish History (1982) Israel completes handover of Sinai to Egypt as part of 1979 peace treaty.”

Jewish Events gives fun facts about Jews in history that are relevant for the day, giving their followers little snippets of their past in easily digestible chunks and event listings. It’s an invaluable resource for people who like having facts for party small talk and knowing exactly where and when that party is. Always interesting and keeping people connected in the real world too, Jewish Events is unique in its goals. And their numbers prove they’re a valuable resource.

9.


Rabbi Hayim Herring @hayimherring

Followers: 3,908

Type: Religion/Lifestyle

Favourite Recent Tweet: “I hear a big sucking sound in Jerusalem. Oh wait – that’s the noise of everybody cleaning for Passover. Shabbat Shalom!”

Plenty of rabbis have taken to Twitter, using the 140 characters to offer advice, field questions, and ponder about Judaism. Rabbi Hayim Herring, however, uses Twitter to provoke thought more than anything else that’s always grounded in recent events. Not afraid to challenge people as well, Rabbi Herring is about challenging and uplifting his followers, more than a religious version of self-help (although he is also a motivational speaker). What’s refreshing about Rabbi Herring is he uses Twitter as a place to talk with people and not dispense his ideas. He engages and speaks to his followers with respect and intelligence, something all religious people should endeavour to do.

8.


Jewish Internet Defence Force @JIDF

Followers: 58.3K

Type: News Feed

Favourite Recent Tweet: “When you RT things we share, we see it, & we appreciate it. It’s one of many easy/free ways you can help this Jewish/pro-Israel effort.”

The JIDF is a network of people fighting for Jews across the internet, keeping the community connected to the latest and most important stories about Israel, anti-Semitism, and other important challenges to contemporary Jewish life. The feed can be hard to look at sometimes, they don’t pull punches, but is also an essential resource for the Jewish community to stay connected and up-to-date with the news stories that concern us. Even more, the group frequently calls out biases in the reporting of major stories around the world, so its followers can be armed with more balanced and informed opinions of what is happening in Israel and around the world.

7.


Chaviva GB @TheChaviva

Followers: 1,722

Type: Blogging/Parenting

Favourite Recent Tweet: “I think I might try to master #babywearing while on the elliptical.”

The fact Chaviva GB has only 1,700 followers is proof that followers does not equal quality. Her Twitter feed combines light humour with every resource any parent needs, from recipes to the latest and best gadgets. She frequently cross-posts with her Instagram account and has some pretty great photos. But Chaviva is also really concerned with being a good Jewish parent, so tips for keeping kosher, surviving Jewish holidays, and other very Jewish problems also pop up on her feed. Chaviva is an indispensable resource for any Jewish parent and does so with a a great sense of humour and style.

6.


Jewish Tweets @JewishTweets

Followers: 44.4K

Type: Blogging

Favourite Recent Tweet: “Talk about a “start-up nation”. In 2013, 1,000 start-ups were founded in #Israel. Via @algemeiner.”

JewishTweets is a pretty good little blog, looking at contemporary Judaism and Jewish life in our crazy world. It’s worth checking out if you are interested in more religious-focused discussions than what you’ll get here at ShalomLife. But their Twitter feed is a great resource, pulling stories from the top Jewish sites around the web. Every story is either a celebration of Jewish accomplishments, important news, or just a great article about being Jewish. Jewish Tweets is simply a nice place on the internet to be, and you’ll always leave with a smile. Difficult to do sometimes in the cynical world of the internet, but Jewish Tweets does it.

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