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.

San Francisco

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Co-presented with Digital Detox +Camp Grounded            
Founder of Digital Detox, Levi@thedigitaldetox.org.

 

 

 

San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department and Reboot
Lake Merced Boathouse, 1 Harding Park Road, San Francisco
March 8, 2014
10 a.m., weather permitting

The San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department and Reboot host a hike for the  National Day of Unplugging, in conjunction with Healthy Parks Healthy People. The celebration encourages San Francisco residents to unplug for a day and unwind, relax, reflect, get outdoors, and connect with loved ones. Participants will gather at the Lake Merced Boathouse for a guided nature walk around Lake Merced. Before the walk begins, participants will be given an NDU Cell Phone Sleeping Bag in which to place their digital devices, thus “Unplugging” and experiencing nature free of digital distractions.

night_at_jewseumThursday Night at the Jewseum: Unplug

Date/Time: Thursday, Mar 6 | 6–8pm
Admission: $5 General (includes Museum Admission; $5 after 5pm)
Contact: info@thecjm.org or 415.655.7881 during Museum hours

The CJM launches a new quarterly social event for the after work crowd. Enjoy activities throughout The Museum including live music in the Stephen and Maribelle “Yud” Gallery, flash tours, dialogues on contemporary topics, DIY activities, and customized drinks and snacks. Each Nightdraws on Jewish holiday themes and current Museum exhibitions, creating a one-night only contemporary experience. “Unplug” includes music by Foxtails Brigade, Reboot National Day of Unplugging Photobooth, marbleized mask-making craft, tour of Jason Lazarus: Live Archive, a poetry corner, and conversations about reinventing ritual, plus cash bar, and noshes.Co-presented with Reboot and supported by the Koret Foundation.

Sherith Israel Parent Baby Playgroup Shabbat
Congregation Sherith Israel, 2266 California St., San Francisco
Feb. 28, 2014
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
$12 drop-in/Free your first time

Put down the iPhone and Play! A celebration of the National Day of Unplugging at Sherith Israel’s playgroup. Unplug Feb. 28, 2014 at Sherith Israel’s playgroup with a cell phone sleeping bag and join Reboot’s Tanya Schevitz for tips on how to balance family and your use of digital devices, with ideas for fun unplugged activities with kids. Take a photo in the NDU “photo booth” with a sign telling the world what you will do when you unplug. Try it again on the National Day of Unplugging, March 7-8, 2014, and pledge to take a regular break from technology.

Put down the iPhone and Play! A FREE “Sundays at the J” Workshop
Osher Marin Jewish Community Center
Sun, March 2, 2013
12:00 pm

Put down the iPhone & Play! Celebrate the National Day of Unplugging at a FREE “Sundays at the J” Workshop. Do you have a digital addiction? Do you find yourself constantly saying “just a minute” to your children as you type a text, whip out an email or check your Facebook status? Do your kids beg for the iPad through dinner?

Take a digital detox together and refocus on creating meaningful relationships with your kids through fun and interactive activities, led by Reboot’s Tanya Schevitz.

UNPLUG AT THIS FREE WORKSHOP!

At this free “Sundays at the J” workshop in the Osher Marin JCC’s Kurland Lounge:

  • Take a digital detox together and refocus on creating meaningful relationships with your kids.
  • Get a cell phone sleeping bag.
  • Discover fun & interactive activities for unplugging as a family, led by Reboot’s Tanya Schevitz.
  • Take a pic in the National Day of Unplugging photo booth with a sign telling the world what you’ll do when you unplug!

Unplug Mah JonggUnplug and Play Mah Jongg

Congregation Emanu-El
2 Lake St. San Francisco
March 8 from 2-5pm
RSVP & Questions: sara@mahjclub.com

Unplugging from technology, relaxing from work and spending time with friends are the most important principles to enjoy the ancient Chinese game of Mah Jongg, intergenerationally loved today thanks to our bubbies who popularized the movement long ago. Mahj Club and Congregation Emanu-El are hosting this Mah Jongg Drop-In for Reboot’s National Day of Unplugging. Join the renaissance and pull up a seat at the introduction table or bring your 2013 National Mah Jongg League card to get your Mahj On.  Meet other players, learn Mahj tips from your neighbors and have fun! This is a FREE event and you can help us by: RSVPing ahead to sara@mahjclub.com if you plan on attending, bringing a MJ set, or bringing a snack for our nosh-luck.

Hitbodedut: Solitude in the Wilderness – hosted by the Addison-Penzak JCC – Silicon Valley

Ano Nuevo State Park

Join Rabbi James Greene, a TorahTrek Wilderness Guide, at Ano Nuevo State Park for a day of hitbodedut– spiritual practice in nature.  We will spend the first part of the day engaged in movement and spiritual practices as a group, and then continue with some time on our own to engage with the world around us and consider the impact of our use of technology in preparation for the National Day of Unplugging.

Participants in this program should be comfortable being alone, and should be able to walk on uneven terrain for moderate distances.

This program is free, but RSVP is required: 408.357.7411 or CJLL@svjcc.org.

National Day of Unplugging Shabbat

Congregation Sherith Israel, 2266 California St., San Francisco
Friday March 7
6 pm Shabbat Services
7:15 pm Kiddush, oneg and wine-and-cheese reception

On Friday, as part of the National Day of Unplugging, an observance started by Reboot, Sherith Isreal will host a discussion about how progressive Jews can observe Shabbat in ways that are meaningful to us and ask:

How do you unplug on Shabbat? Can you say it in just six words?

Stanford Hillel: National Day of Unplugging Shabbat 
March 7, 2014
7:30 p.m.
Stanford Koret Pavilion
Stanford University

Gesher is excited to announce that Rabbi Mychal Copeland will be joining us for shabbat and for Gesher’s new Friday night service option….drum roll….Gesher will now host a Reform service with accompanying guitar by Ben Davidson! We will also hold our regular Traditional Egalitarian service.

Rabbi Mychal will also be speaking about the state of God in Jewish discourse in our aptly named “Are you scared of God?”

It is also The National Day of Unplugging across the globe! We encourage think about why you unplug.

7:00pm Tradtional Egal Service (Koret Pavilion, Kehillah Hall, 2nd floor)
7:00pm Reform Service (Koret Pavilion, KoPa Cafe, 1st floor)
7:45pm Scrumptious Dinner (Taube Hillel House, 1st floor)

Los Angeles

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Co-presented with Digital Detox +Camp Grounded
Founder of Digital Detox, Levi@thedigitaldetox.org.

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Unplug & Type-In
March 8th
12pm  -4pm
L.A. Marler Studio
Santa Monica Airport
3000 Airport Blvd., Studio B, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Free and Fun for Everyone!

L.A. Marler’s Airport Art Studio will be transformed for one day to host  “Unplug and Type-In,” a gathering of people and manual typewriters for an afternoon of fun, creativity, and exploration of the “key” aspects of typewriting, featuring vintage typewriters for public use, ghostwriters to create custom poems and stories for visitors, as well as, typewriter repairmen, raffles of typewriter related gifts and loads of typewriter fun and surprises!  This is an “Unplugged” community meet-up, open to all ages, in celebration of the National Day of Unplugging!  Visit www.lamarler.com for more information.

#SMFLA UNPLUGGED:A pre-Shabbat street gathering on the eve of the National Day of Unplugging in LA’s historic Pico/Robertson neighborhood
Pico/Robertson – exact meeting place to be announced!
Friday, March 7th
1pm – 2 pm – exact time and meeting location to be announced!

The first Sephardic Music Festival in Los Angeles unplugs for Reboot’s National Day of Unplugging on March 7th. People are invited to join in a kabalistic throw back to pre-Shabbat in Tzfat. Bring your song, soul and perhaps a middle eastern acoustic instrument as you float down the streets of Pico with us in a flash mob style. (The Sephardic Music Festival will hit Los Angeles March 2nd and continue throughout March 11th.)

YALA_rgbUplugged Wine Cluster Shabbat
Friday, March 7th

Unplug and taste wine over an intimate Shabbat dinner with friends. We unplug to share wine with the important people our lives. What do you unplug to do? The YALA Wine Cluster is a group of young adults with a common interest who gather once a month. YALA – Young Adults of Los Angeles –  is part of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.


Shabbat Under the Stars

Temple Beth Am
1039 S. La Cienega St., LA, CA 90035
March 7, 2014
5:30pm

Temple Beth Am’s Religious School community unplugs through an immersive celebration gathering of our friends and families. Through song, art and stories, we celebrate a day of rest with a Shabbat service under the stars followed by a communal dinner.

Shabba Dabba Unplugged!
Wilshire Blvd Temple
Service begins at 6pm
3663 Wilshire Blvd.

At our Koreatown temple on Wilshire Blvd we will have a Shabbat family service for people of all ages. This monthly participatory family service with great music and great heart will invite families to explore ways to unplug together. After the service stay for pizza and a veggie potluck.
Park in the lot on 6th and Hobart.

Wilshire Blvd Temple
11661 West Olympic Blvd.
LA, CA 90064
Service begins at 6 pm

On the westside at our Irmas campus we will also have a Camp Lovers Shabbat evening service. Come unplug with a shabbat filled with camp songs.

 


Shabbat Across America Unplugged

Toras HaShem
12422 Chandler Blvd.
Valley Village, CA 91607
(818) 980-6934, torashashem18@aol.com
Brought to you by Toras HaShem & KULANU.

On Friday night, March 7, 2014, tens of thousands of Jews across America will come together at hundreds of locations to eat, drink, relax, dance, enjoy, debate, and celebrate that which unites all Jews — Shabbat!
Singles, couples, families, all ages — bring your neighbors, your friends, your co-workers — and let’s celebrate together!

Scrumptious Friday night dinner $13!
Entire Shabbat (3 meals) $26!
Full-time students & children ½ price!
Subsidies available as needed!
Free home hospitality sleepover option!
Call (818) 980-6934 with questions or to register.

New York

R&R.blackR&R: Shabbat at the JCC in Manhattan.

Make your Shabbat afternoon special and share in our community.
Workshops, Art, Yoga, Meditation, Food, Music, Study Sessions, film,
creative art projects , Spa Experiences, Indoor & Outdoor play! There
are programs for both children and adults of all abilities.

An amazing weekly opportunity to be together as a family and as a
community. R&R is an incredible, inclusive alternative to the typical New York
Saturday and… IT’S ALL FREE! March 8th R&R is inspired by the beautiful work of the ReelAbilities Film Festival and is celebrated in conjunction with Reboot’s National Day of Unplugging.

92Y’s Friday Nights in Brooklyn with Guest Leah Vincent
Fri, Mar 7, 2014, 7 pm
104 South 4th St, Bklyn 11249
from $36.00

The evening will include a provocative conversation between Rabbi Dan Ain and Leah Vincent on her new book detailing her experiences of “sin and salvation after an ultra-orthodox girlhood.”
You can also look forward to a great meal, drinks and socializing at the Randolph’s newest outpost in Williamsburg.

Shekhina, Together
Nothing Space
56 Bogart St
Brooklyn, NY
3/8/2014
4pm-Midnight
Shekihina, Together is an unplugged, se-udat shlishi (third meal of the Shabbat) hosted by the Bilha Zilpah Reunion. Over a winding and curated dinner, we will contact the Shekhina- the female Goddess spirit of our universe. The gathering will be a time to unplug from the outside world, tune into ourselves, share food, and build a feeling of togetherness. All are welcome to join, and you must RSVP to attend. Please RSVP to dior.zanzibar@gmail.com
The Bilha Zilpah Reunion is an online and In Real Life community focused on experimental religious worship. To find out more email bilha.zilpah@gmail.com

UNPLUG! Lab/Shul Shabbat AM

Join Amichai & the Lab/Shul community for an inspiring Shabbat morning highlighting the Annual National Day of Unplugging
(In collaboration with REBOOT)
City Winery, 155 Varick St, NYC
10am-12:30pm

Monthly Shabbat Mornings are Family-friendly musical worship events with Storah-style adult learning, creative kids programs, conversation, complimentary coffee, wine and potluck.

Lab/Shul Ritual Team, includes Amichai and soundscape artist Katie Down. More  guest artists to be announced.Kids Programming led by JessAnn Smith (Shabbat Kids Program Coordinator)
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Free for Lab/Shul SeasonPass holders
Suggested Donation: $10/$20 – individual / family guest pass

DICHTER’S PHARMACY
February 28th
Kabbalat Shabbat 6 PM – Dinner 7 PM
Come to Prayer Service OR the Dinner OR BOTH! Your Choice!
$15 for Dinner
Children’s Program Available
GET HIGH – ON JUDAISM!
Questions?
Contact us
inwoodjews@gmail.com or www.inwoodjews.org

Unplug & Uncork – yoga, noshing, chatting, impacting (Innovation Africa & National Day of Unplugging)
520 8th Avenue, 15th Floor, Manhattan, NYC
March 8th
5:30-7:30pm

Ever think about what it’d be like to live UNPLUGGED? Nearly 600 MILLION people in Africa live without access to energy, impacting their safety and ability to get vaccines, healthcare, education, clean water.

Starting at 5:30pm, join Innovation Africa (www.innoafrica.org) and others for an Unplugged yoga and meditation experience! *NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY* We’ll even have some extra mats.
We’ll continue around 7pm, after we unplug, we’ll UNCORK some drinks and nosh, and we’ll explore what energy poverty means and how YOU can get plugged into opportunities to make a positive impact across the world!
All are welcome to all or just part of the event. Suggested Donation $20 will support an Innovation Africa clean water project! Limited space, please RSVP to emma@innoafrica.org

More info:
*Innovation: Africa (www.innoafrica.org) is a non-profit that brings Israeli innovation to African villages. They provide light, clean water, food and proper medical care and have touch more than 450,000 people in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Malawi and Uganda.
*Certified yoga instructer and vegan enthusiast, Victoria H. Slagter will guide the first portion of evening. Here’s her site: www.hayayoga.com

14th Street Y
March 8th
How does Latch/Attach work?

Bring your unused clothing to the Y for recycling through Wearable Collections. Then afterschool kids work with neighbors and friends to turn old t-shirts into a colorful, recycled communal rug! The work-in-progress will be displayed April 7-12 at The Great Hall Gallery in Cooper Union as part of “The Model Block: An Exhibit.”

We all have clothes we don’t need, right? According to some experts, we wear 20% of our wardrobe 80% of the time. We think we want more, yet we’re already making do with less. When we clean out the clutter, we make space for deeper meaning, connections and creativity.

Originally begun as part of the World Policy Institute’s The 12×12 Project, FABnyc is now partnering to present Latch/Attach as part of their SUSTAIN project, with generous support from the Rockefeller Foundation Cultural Innovation Fund: (www.fabnyc.org/sustainability.php)  Latch/Attach has already shown hundreds of people how easy and fun it can be to conserve resources, while diverting over 250 lbs of clothing from landfills.

Chicago

Late Night at the JCC
Kaplan JCC
Saturday, March 8
7:00pm
Skokie, Illinois

We’re getting together to unplug and have fun! Battle your friends in Laser Tag, chill out in the indoor pool, compete in our very own version of Cupcake Wars, give back to the community with a special arts and crafts project, hang out in the game room, or play sports in the gym. The night is up to you.  Program is open to Chicago area kids in 6th-8th grades. For more information and to register, please contact Ashley at aobrien@gojcc.org.

JCC Chicago presents Got Shabbat?
at Congregation Sukkat Shalom
Saturday, March 8
3:30 – 5:00 pm
1001 Central Avenue
Wilmette, IL

Unplug and spend a Saturday afternoon with family and friends.  Enjoy crafts, cookie decorating, singing and Amazing Ventriloquist
Chuck Field.  Free for the whole family.  Register online in advance at www.gotshabbat.com or show up at the door!

Washington, D.C.

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Sixth and I Historic Synagogue
Feb 28, 2014
6:45 pm

Swap a traditional Friday night for dinner at our communal table where simple Shabbat elements—good food, conversation, and company—combine to create a nourishing and spiritual evening.

Austin

Austin Hilton, Salon J
7:30 PM

#openShabbat is an unplugged meal and networking event for Jewish guests and locals of SXSW on the evening of March 7 in Austin.

#openShabbat offers guests an island of serenity in the midst of a hyper-digital conference. With a focus on a sit-down meal, unplugged networking and face-to-face conversations, guests can meet one another in a democratized setting that encourages longform conversation. Discussions and activities create a powerful experiential learning environment. Regardless of background, knowledge or personal observance, we offer a literal seat at the table for everyone.

Connecticut

Shabbat Across America and National Day of Unplugging Shabbat Dinner
Beth Sholom B’nai Israel
Friday, March 7th 2014
6pm Services; 6.45 Dinner
Manchester, CT

Iowa

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IOWA Unplugged
Historic Town Square & various locations around town
Date March 7-8
Kick-off 5pm Friday until midnight Saturday
City Greenfield, IA
IOWA Unplugged in Greenfield, the only National Day of Unplugging event in Iowa, March 7-8. The event will feature a variety of activities that unplug you from cell phones, internet, game boxes etc. and help you connect with others and the inner you. Join us for live entertainment including a magician and acoustic performances, a large variety of indoor games, various artistic workshops, pampering & relaxation sessions, outdoor recreation, sporting events and more – all the things you need to RELAX, UNWIND and HAVE FUN!

Ohio

Y.E.S. Club- Program of Mental Health America of Licking County
Middle School Activities Coordinator
100 E. Church St.
Newark, Ohio 43055 USA

At the Y.E.S. Club our goal has been to provide youth, 11-18 yrs. of age, with a safe haven after school and during the summer months. On this day, the YES Clubhouse will be a technology free zone! Between the hours of 2-6 pm the use of television, computers, phones, tablets will be strictly prohibited! The only electricity that will be allowed is basic electricity of the building. If there are any offenders, their device will go in the “electronics jail”, and they will go to the designated area for a short amount of time also known as “jail”! Pictures to come!<

New Jersey

“What Will You Unplug for?”
Fairleigh Dickinson University – Student Union Building Lobby
March 4th, 2014
12 noon- 5pm
Teaneck, NJ

The Inter-Greek Council is  trying to bring awareness to your National Campaign “Unplugged” by tabling in the Lobby of our Student Union Building where as it is a popular meeting place for a lot of the students on our campus. We will table during the busy times of the day to capture students on their way to the cafeteria or on their way to class. Our hope is to get enough students to realize how much they rely on social media and electronics. This table will be run by various members of the Greek Community.

Pittsburgh

Unplug from external communications devices for 24 hours. Join National Day of Unplugging. What do you “UNPLUG TO….” ?
First United Methodist Church
March 7, 2014 / 7:30 – 9:00 pm
5410 Centre Ave, Pittsburgh

The challenge: Unplug for a day. Join others to celebrate the start of National Day of Unplugging. Share your support and enjoy a brief meditation and freedom for silence, naps, reflection. NDU happens 3/7 sunset to 3/8 sunset. Wear an electrical cord to show your support. Co-sponsored by awaremindnow.org in Pittsburgh. Visit www.nationaldayofunplugging.com for more information on events.

Australia

Peel Street, Adelaide, CBD.
Friday March 7th, 2014
Breakfast seminar: 8.30 – 9 am.
2 pm: Nap-In.
Adelaide, Australia.

 

The Day will start with a breakfast seminar where participants will explore the impact of being hyper-connected in their own lives.
At 2 pm, members of the co-working space Hub Adelaide – which houses a diverse range of freelancers, entreprenuers and intrapreneurs – will be invited to down tools and take a horizontal stand for the importance of UnPlugging – by taking a full blooded, guilt-free powernap on the job.  There are many conducive spaces for this to happen at Hub Adelaide .. the Teepee,  The Cubbie,  Comfortable couches or private cubicles.  The Nap-In will be hosted by Thea O’Connor, founder of NapNow, She will induce people into the nap with the latest research into the effects of brief naps, then act as a Nap Guardian to ensure participants can enjoy a secure, uninterrupted kip. Participants will emerge refreshed & recharged – a great way to start the weekend.  FlashMob napping is also likely to be seen throughout the day.

 

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