Events

Unplugging solo? With friends? Your community? No matter what, we invite you to join us for one of our upcoming events. This will be your best National Day of Unplugging yet.

Don’t see an event in your city? Create your own. Download an NDU toolkit and receive tips, suggestions and random unplugging ideas.  Make sure to tell us about your plans so we can spread the word.

Los Angeles

UnplugLA_Low-Res3Reboot + Digital Detox + Camp Grounded present
UNPLUG LA: An Off-The-Grid Party to Celebrate Reboot’s National Day of Unplugging.
Saturday, March 7
7 pm – 11 pm

Where:
The Electric Lodge
1416 Electric Avenue
Venice, CA – just off Abbott Kinney

21+ – Bring your ID
Tickets $20 - http://unplugla2015.eventbrite.com

Join Reboot + Digital Detox + Camp Grounded for an Unplugged Party to Celebrate Reboot’s National Day of Unplugging. Check your phone at the door and together we’ll redefine what it means to truly be connected. It’s like summer camp for adults, in the city, for one epic night of pure unadulterated fun. Unplug after a busy week and take time off the grid to feel awesome. Live music, board games, typewriters, analog photo booth, arts ‘n crafts, face painting, wellness lounge and more…

Unplug at USC

March 6-7, 2015

Unplug with USC Hillel at a variety of events celebrating the National Day of Unplugging:

Friday 6:00 - Shabbat Services
Friday 7:00 - Shabbat Dinner
Friday 8:30 - Shabbat Kiddush Club/Song Session (bar with valid ID or other drinks)
Saturday 10:00 am - Shabbat Yoga
Saturday 11:00 am - Shabbat Brunch and Text Study
Saturday 4:00 pm - Pick-Up Basketball
Feb 21 – Chai on Life Hike
Feb 28 – Chai on Life golf
March 5: Unplug booth at Purim Carnival
March 6: National Day of Unplugging Shabbat Dinner
March 7 – Chai on Life Kayaking
Unplugged Shabbat with Open Temple

Family Havdalah Happening

3/7:  5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

For 21 and over:

Digital Detox.  Reboot.  Open Temple.
Unplug and Renew.

3/7:  7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
at Electric LodgeUnplugged

Potluck Shabbat in the Hills

With Atid at Sinai Temple

No cell phones, no selfies, no technology that distracts us from each other: just people talking, schmoozing, and enjoying each other’s company. As a preview of National Day of Unplugging the following week, we’re going to unplug and truly set the mood for Shabbat.

RSVP for the location to Ariela, Atid Coordinator, at aemery@sinaitemple.org.

San Francisco

Reboot + Digital Detox + Camp Grounded present

UNPLUG SF: An Off-The-Grid Party to Celebrate Reboot’s National Day of Unplugging.

Friday, March 6, 2015
7 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Where:Broadway Studios
435 Broadway St.
SF, CA21+ – Bring your ID
Ticket info to come.

Join Reboot + Digital Detox + Camp Grounded for an Unplugged Party to Celebrate Reboot’s National Day of Unplugging. Check your phone at the door and together we’ll redefine what it means to truly be connected. It’s like summer camp for adults, in the city, for one epic night of pure unadulterated fun. Unplug after a busy week and take time off the grid to feel awesome. Live music, board games, typewriters, analog photo booth, arts ‘n crafts, face painting, wellness lounge and more… Take a photo in Reboot’s Unplugged Photo Booth.

Unplug with Reboot on Feb. 4 at the 2nd Annual Festival for the Trees: A Tu B’shvat Celebration!
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015
6-9 p.m.
The Women’s Building, 3543 18th St., San Francisco
We are proud to be a sponsor of this community-wide Tu B’shvat event. Join us along with EcoJews of the Bay & friends to celebrate the Jewish New Year of the Trees! Unplug in Reboot’s National Day of Unplugging Photo Booth and plug back into the world around you.
Live music. Conservation inspiration. Organic food & drink. Community.

With guest speaker Jared Blumenfeld, EPA Region 9 Administrator, appointed by President Obama in 2009. Mr. Blumenfeld previously served eight years as Director of the SF Department of the Environment.

Pre-order tickets & save:

$21 online, $18 until Jan. 18. $25 at the door. Tickets include food and the customary four cups of wine (or other beverage)! Get your tickets here:

http://festival4trees.eventbrite.com/

UNPLUG & PLAY MAH JONGG (JMAHJ)
Saturday, March 7, 2015
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
JCCSF

Unplugging from technology, relaxing from work and spending time with friends are important principles whether you are playing the ancient Chinese game of Mah Jongg or celebrating Shabbat. This rummy-like game is loved by many generations, thanks to many bubbies who popularized the pastime long ago. Join us for a Mah Jongg Drop-In for Reboot’s National Day of Unplugging. Pull up a seat at the introduction table to learn about the game with Mahj Club maven Sara Linden or bring your 2014 National Mah Jongg League card to get your Mahj on. Meet other players, learn tips from your neighbors and have fun! All levels and game styles welcome. Bring a Mah Jongg set if you can.

This retreat is supported by the I Could Do Great Things Foundation.

Santa Cruz Hillel Unplugs UC Santa Cruz

Thurs. February 26, 2015

11:00 am- 2:00 pm

Look for students from Santa Cruz Hillel tabling in Quarry Plaza at the UC Santa Cruz campus from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, Feb 26 to engage students in unplugging pledges in celebration of Reboot’s National Day of Unplugging (www.NationalDayOfUnplugging.com). Challenge yourself with a pledge. Can you go 30 minutes without your phone? Two hours? Five hours? How about the full 24 hours of the National Day of Unplugging? Participants who challenge themselves the most will receive a free NDU Cell Phone Sleeping Bag!

While Reboot’s National Day of Unplugging will be sundown, March 6 to sundown, March 7, Santa Cruz Hillel will be unplugging from technology this Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, for their first ever Shabbat Unplugged!

Get more information about Santa Cruz Hillel and how to get involved: http://www.santacruzhillel.org/

Reboot’s Cell Phone Bag Craft Booth at the Osher Marin JCC Purim Palooza

Sunday, March 1, 2015

11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Osher Marin JCC

Free

Celebrate Purim at the Osher Marin JCC’s Purim Palooza, a family carnival. Carnival games and activities, music, crafts and food from Miller’s East Coast Deli. Unmask yourself at Reboot’s Unplugged Craft Booth. Lift your face up from the glow of your screen and unmask yourself to the world to reconnect with those around you. Visit Reboot’s unplugged craft booth and make a special family cell phone bag to put the devices away for some unplugged time together. http://www.nationaldayofunplugging.com/

Sensible Media Choices for Parents and a Day to Unplug

March 3, 2015

9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Peninsula Jewish Community Center

The quantity and rate at which our youth are consuming media- movies, YouTube, video, games and advertising- is growing at an exponential rate. Access to both quality and questionable content seems limitless. Dana Blum, Bay Area Director of Common Sense Media will discuss how parents can navigate this rapidly evolving landscape with their kids. Tanya Schevitz of Reboot will explain the merits of the National Day of Unplugging (March 6-7), 24 tech free hours – giving us all an chance to connect without cables.

Ulam Gadol will open at 9 with some breakfast treats. Co-presented by the PJCC and Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School.

Night at the Jewseum: Purim

Thursday, March 5

6-9 p.m.

Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco

Join Reboot at a Purim celebration for the after work crowd. Featuring a special screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, live music, poets, specialty cocktails, crafts, learning, and more. Lift your face up from the glow of your screen and unmask yourself to the world to reconnect with those around you.

Step into Reboot’s National Day of Unplugging Photo Booth and grab one of our “I UNPLUG TO….” signs to tell us what you like to do when you unplug. http://www.nationaldayofunplugging.com/

Free with Museum admission: $5 after 5 p.m., 21+ 

Berkeley Hillel Unplugs UC Berkeley

In preparation for the National Day of Unplugging, Berkeley Hillel’s “Ask Big Questions” fellows will be out on UC Berkeley’s Sproul Plaza in the week leading up to March 6, asking students to fill out the National Day of Unplugging posters, completing the sentence “I Unplug to ________”.

Students who sign up for the UNPLUG CHALLENGE will receive a cell phone sleeping bag branded with ABQ/Hillel/Reboot logos and a Heschel quote about the importance of having independence from technology.

On March 6, from 2-3 p.m. join Berkeley Hillel’s Ask Big Questions Fellowship at Berkeley Hillel, 2736 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, for a conversation about how and when we unplug and get psyched to take the challenge that starts that evening.

Stay tuned the following week for a social media campaign in which students are asked to reflect on Facebook about their experience unplugging for 24 hours. https://www.facebook.com/groups/berkeleyhillel/

Get more information about Berkeley Hillel and how to get involved at www.berkeleyhillel.org

Join the SF Recreation and Park Department in celebration of Reboot’s National Day of Unplugging (NDU), March 7, 2015.

Get out and play with SF Rec. & Park for fun unplugging activities throughout the day, and get geared up at Sports Basement with 10 percent off if you mention the National Day of Unplugging.

Reboot’s National Day of Unplugging is once a year but it is designed to remind us of the importance of unplugging regularly at times throughout the year to refocus our attention on the world around us and reconnect with family, friends and ourselves.

Visit http://www.nationaldayofunplugging.com/ and http://sfrecpark.org/ for more information about specific activities and to get inspired for the 2015 NDU, sundown March 6 to sundown March 7, 2015. The SF Rec. & Park day of unplugged activities are in partnership with the San Francisco Unified School District and the SF Dept. of Children, Youth and Their Families.

Unplugged Yoga at Sports Basement Bryant Street

Saturday, March 7, 2015

10 a.m.

Sports Basement, Bryant Street

Join Ami for a Vinyasa yoga class in celebration of Reboot’s National Day of Unplugging. Build breath awareness and mind-body connection. Class is accessible to beginners as well as intermediate students, following a faster pace flow. Get a free National Day of Unplugging Cell Phone Sleeping Bag at the class.

Congregation B’nai Emunah “Plugged into Community”

Saturday, March 7, 2015

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

B’nai Emunah

3595 Taraval St., San Francisco

How does unplugging help us connect? Does it also leave us feeling disconnected?As part of our regular shabbat observance all are invited to an open conversation about “the torah of being uplugged” and “being plugged into community.” This is followed by a community lunch. The public is welcome. 

YeaShOre Unplugged Bonfire in Celebration of the National Day of Unplugging

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Ocean Beach, San Francisco

6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

As part of the National Day of Unplugging, the YeaShOre Community and Reboot invite you to join us at a FREE, rare WINTER, Bonfire.

We will gather on Saturday eve, March 7, 2015, at San Francisco’s Ocean Beach!
From 6:30 p.m. to ’round 9:00 p.m.

A fun evening around the Bonfire.
Come for Havdalah, share your voice, or just listen, as we watch the flames dance!!

Please bring food and drinks for yourself and some to share.  Also bring many friends, stories, songs, drums and other musical instruments. (Glass containers and alcohol are NOT allowed at S.F.’s Ocean Beach!) Reboot and the YeaShOre Community will provide chocolate, Kosher marshmallows and crackers for S’mores!!  We will also bring potatoes and onions for roasting in the Bonfire!

We will have a Jewish Havdalah ritual around 7:45 p.m. The ritual lasts about 10 minutes.  As not all the guests at YeaShOre’s bonfires are Jewish, we explain it and invite everyone to join in.

Look for a fish windsock and a Yeashore banner!
Rain or a “Spare the Air Alert” cancels the Bonfire!

Winter activities will continue in April.

http://yeashore.com/ To join the E-list, VOLUNTEER, questions, requests, more info, or comments E-mail to: Yeashore@yahoo.com.

* From 6:30 – 7:00 p.m.: Meet at the Beach Chalet at 1000 Great Highway, between Fulton St. and Lincoln Way. After 7:00 p.m.: Cross the Great Highway from the Chalet, go to beach fire-pits between stairwells 16 and 17. Visit yeashore.org for maps and photo directions!

Unplugged Yoga for Passover with Julie Emden, director, Embodied Jewish Learning of Jewish Learning Works

Sunday, March 22

2:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Peninsula JCC Yoga Studio

Continue the unplugging experience with a gentle grounding Iyengar-based yoga and movement practice as we explore themes of freedom and spring, rooted in mystical teachings from the Jewish tradition. Instructor: Julie Emden of Jewish Learning Works.

This program is offered by PJCC in partnership with Embodied Jewish Learning, a program of Jewish LearningWorks, with support from the Joan and Robert Sinton Philanthropic Fund and The Opaline Fund of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment, Barbara and Christopher Wilson, Richard and Patricia Gibbs, and Paul and Sheri Robbins. Embodied Jewish Learning is a member of the UpStart Accelerator.

Free for PJCC Members/ $20 for Public 

Unplugged Yoga for Passover with Julie Emden of Jewish Learning Works

Sunday March 29, 2015.

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

4th Street Yoga, Berkeley

Celebrate freedom and spring.  Integrate mind, body, heart and spirit. Embody Jewish mystical teachings about Passover through Iyengar-based yoga and movement.  Contact: Jemden@jewishlearningworks.org

Cosponsors 4th Street Yoga, Chochmat HaLev, Congregation Netivot Shalom, JCC East Bay, Kehilla Community Synagogue, Reboot’s National Day of Unplugging and Temple Sinai Oakland.

 $18.  

New York

NATIONAL DAY OF UNPLUGGING IS FRIDAY MARCH 6.

COME BY SPiN BETWEEN 4-10PM, CHECK YOUR MOBILE DEVICE WITH ONE OF OUR CONCIERGES AND SPiN AND STIGA WILL GIVE YOU A HALF HOUR OF FREE PING-PONG!

IN ADDITION, FOR EVERY CHECKED PHONE, WE’LL DONATE $10 TO MUSIC UNITES WHICH EMPOWERS URBAN YOUTH THROUGH MUSIC.

NOW THAT’S WHAT WE CALL TAKING IT TO THE TABLE.

SHABBAT UNPLUGGED
JEWISH CENTER OF THE HAMPTONS, 44 WOODS LANE, EAST HAMPTON, NY 11937
SHABBAT, FRIDAY NIGHT, MARCH 6TH AND SATURDAY MARCH 7, 2015
FRIDAY NIGHT AT 6:30 p.m. AND SATURDAY, MACRH 7, 2015 AT 10:00 a.m.
EAST HAMPTON, NEW YORKON SHABBAT, WE ARE MEANT NOT ONLY TO REFRAIN FROM WORK, BUT TO UNTETHER OUR HEARTS AND SOULS FROM THE STRESS AND WORRIES OF THE WEEK THAT HAS ENDED, THEREBY OPENING OUR BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT TO RENEWAL.  ON SHABBAT UNPLUGGED WE WILL REMOVE THE SHACKLES OF  ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION TO BROADEN THE TRANSFORMATION OF OUR SOULS TO EXPERIENCE THE JOYOUS CELEBRATION OF SHABBAT.

Washington DC

Adas Israel

Friday, March 6th @ 6:30pm Register Here

Shir Delight is Adas Israel’s Kabbalat Shabbat experience for young professionals between the ages of 21 and 35.
Our evening begins at 6:30PM with a happy hour oneg followed by a lay-led Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv service and Shabbat dinner.  While everyone is welcome to join us for our happy hour oneg and services, we can only accommodate a limited number of people for dinner.

Our next Shir Delight on March 6this the start of The National Day of Unplugging! The National Day of Unplugging is a 24 hour period—running from sundown to sundown—and starts on the first Friday in March. The project is an outgrowth of The Sabbath Manifesto, an adaptation of our ancestors’ ritual of carving out one day per week to unwind, unplug, relax, reflect, get outdoors, and connect with loved ones. Put the tablet away, hide that laptop, and stuff that cell phone in a sleeping bag. Unplug from Technology for 24 hours (or as long as you can!)

New Jersey

Unplug for a Day

Jessie George Elementary School
March 6-7
6:00 pm-6:00 pm
Twp. of Washington, NJ

New Jersey Girl Scout Troop #4701 will participate in National Unplug Day on March 6-7, 2015.  During this time frame, they, along with their schoolmates will commit to take a break from technology for 24 hours.  Instead of playing video games and using the electronic devices, they will participate in activities such as board games, baking or cooking with family, reading, outdoor play etc.  The troop is very excited to be a part of this initiative!

London

March 7, 2015
8 pm

Do you have multiple mobile phones and tablets? Ever find it hard to get through a conversation without posting an update to Facebook or Snapchat? We increasingly miss out on the important moments of our lives as we pass the hours with our noses buried in our iPhones and BlackBerrys, chronicling our every move through Facebook and Twitter and
shielding ourselves from focused connections with friends and those around us.

If you recognize that in yourself or your friends, families or colleagues, join us at JW3 to celebrate the National Day of Unplugging with an intimate night of unplugged music from established and emerging artists. Leave your mobile devices at the door; listen to some specially curated music; slouch on a bean bag or recline on a sofa in a relaxed atmosphere, have a drink, connect with friends; really share a special moment with them which you don’t have to ‘share’ on Facebook.

The fantastic line-up of performers on the night consists of:
Shadow Culture – Expect mellow strings with distinct male and female vocal. Check this link for a taste of their wonderful sound.

Jay Brown – This raspy voiced female vocalist has a captivating sound which will want you to hear more. See this video for a taster.

Roscius – One half of ‘Evergreen’ will be performing with a fun, upbeat live dance act. Prepare for the fantastic entertainment with this trailer.

Martin Carr – Known from the Boo Radleys, he will be performing tracks from his recent solo album. Listen to his soothing sound here.

Delaware

University of Delaware Hillel Student Leadership Retreat

Siegel JCC in Wilmington, Delaware

March 6-8, 2015
Eighty invested Hillel student leaders are invited to UD Hillel’s annual Shabbaton retreat taking place March 6-8, 2015 at the Siegel JCC in Wilmington, Delaware. This retreat is part of their Leadership Education And Development (LEAD) program, developed back in August 2013 as a way to connect student group leaders and interns and provide them with opportunities to learn about Judaism, leadership and themselves. The LEAD program comprises of a monthly speaker dinner series, the annual leadership retreat, and most recently, a Delaware Jewish community-networking event for students to be held in March.
In partnership with Reboot’s National Day of Unplugging, the retreat will provide students with a deeper understanding of Shabbat. Students will walk away form the Shabbaton understanding that rest, rejuvenation, and reflection, are crucial components that will help make them better leaders.
This retreat is supported by the I Could Do Great Things Foundation.

Warsaw

JCC Warszawa, ul. Chmielna 9a, Warszawa, Polska
March 6th 2015
6 p.m.
Warszawa
JCC Warszawa invites everyone for a totally unplugged and really laid back evening on March 6th at 6 p.m.! We will join people from all over the world in the (what started as a national and actually went inter)National Day of Unplugging celebrations. We will try to go back to the idea of the sabbatical rest and start with a small step of turning off our phones, tablets, laptops and anything else that may distract us from what life really is about – being together with other people.
You can unplug to do anything you come up with, we unplug to be together, eat, play board games and talk to each other.
Come join us on March 6th, 6 p.m. at the JCC!

Toronto

March 6th is National Day of Unplugging, and Toronto is celebrating with a device-free party at the Tampered Press! Leave your phone at home or check it at the door, and enjoy an evening of board games, crafts, tea, cookies, and more! The main rule is that no digital technology, phones, or cameras are allowed. Instead we will connect face-to-face and remind ourselves of what life used to be like with no cellphones present during social occasions. Feel free to bring a board game, craft, or other offline activity that you’d like to share.

The TAMPERed PRESS – Cafe and Community Space

256 Crawford Street, Toronto, Ontario M6J 2V8

Space is limited, sign up here and buy tickets here.

Montana

Montana Audubon Center

National Unplug Game Day

Saturday, March 7, 2015 @ 10am-12pm

Montana Audubon Center in of itself is all about unplugging and connecting with the great outdoors, but in the spirit of this National Day of Unplugging they’re unleashing an outdoor adventure full of games, fun, and laughter. And, of course, no electronics. Be sure to dress for the outdoors (layers are always a solid choice).

$5/family, call at 406-294-5099 to register.

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Western Heritage Center

Heritage Playapalooza!

Saturday, March 7 @ 10am-3pm

The whole family is invited to unplug for a day and immerse themselves in a day of fun and games that you’ve forgotten you loved to play at Heritage Playapalooza. From tiddlywinks and jacks to hopscotch, pick up sticks, and marbles (and SO much more), there’s a little something for everyone – including face painting and food. And if your kiddo falls in love with a particular game, WHC sells many of the games in the museum’s store.

From your littlest to grandma and grandpa, take a stroll down memory lane and enjoy this day of fun for the whole family at Heritage Playapalooza!

Tickets for games and food: $0.50 each or $10 for 22 tickets. More information, www.ywhc.org or 256-6809. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Billings Public Library
R.E.A.D. to a Dog
Saturday, March 7, 2015 @ 10:30-11:30am (1st Saturday of every month!)

What better way to unplug than with a book? (I’ll tell you: settling into read with a dog!) Bring the kiddos out for an opportunity to R.E.A.D. to a dog. Held in the Library’s Story Tower, interested children will be able to sign up the day of to read to a dog for 10-15 minutes. With up to four dogs participating, there are a limited number of spots in the hour. This program offers wonderful opportunities for kiddos who like to read or who have some struggles with reading or who just like to be with dogs! It’s a chance for kids to read freely without judgment, with the calming comforts of a dog.

The R.E.A.D. to a Dog program is an affiliate program of Reading Education Assistance Dogs® which is part of Inter-mountain Therapy Animals of Salt Lake City, Utah. This program is possible with funding through the Otto and Yvonne Mansfield Endowment for Pet Therapy at St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation and the Billings Public Library Foundation.

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