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The Detroit Jewish News, 2012-02-02

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articles. A yahrzeit reminder feature will
email annual notices like many funeral
home websites. A zip code search is
built in to locate food options to send to
the shivah home. Additionally, a link to
ShivaConnect's donation section is pro-
vided, where visitors find direct links to
charity website donation portals.
Rosen has extended an invitation to
hospices, funeral homes, synagogues
and Jewish organizations to be listed
as "Helpful Resources:' with links to
facilitate charitable donations. Many
synagogues are using the site to enhance
the support they already provide to their
members to inform of deaths.
In the past year, ShivaConnect boasted
more than 75,000 page views with about
20,000 unique visitors. Rosen is looking
to social media to help publicize the site.
As the site has grown, she frequently
posts updates about ShivaConnect on
her personal and public Facebook pages,
and on LinkedIn, Yahoo Groups and
Rosen has become something of
an expert on shivah observance. She
recently spoke at the National Institute
for Jewish Hospice's annual confer-
ence hosted by its president Rabbi Dr.
Maurice Lamm.
How has ShivaConnect.com begun to
make shivah observance more manage-

New Series Slated
At Temple Beth El

Devin Scillian, WDIV-TV News broad-
cast journalist, will be the inaugural
guest of an interview series, "Can-Do
Detroit: Shaping an Innovative Future
from a Creative
Past:' presented
by the Prentis
Memorial Library
and the Rabbi
Leo M. Franklin
Archives of Temple
Beth El, Wednesday,
Feb. 15, at 7 p.m.
Devin Scillian
at the Bloomfield
Township temple.
The program consists of three eve-
ning sessions highlighting people who
are involved in Detroit's current resur-
gence. They will have the opportunity
to answer questions put to them by
Eileen Polk, temple librarian, and Jan
Durecki, temple archivist.
The series will continue on
Wednesday, March 21, when a panel
of young adults working to attract
and retain their contemporaries to
the Detroit area will discuss their
ideas. The series will conclude on
Wednesday, May 2, with the appear-
ance of Elliot Wilhelm, director of the
Detroit Film Theatre.

able and less stressful?
"Nothing can ease the pain of loss,
but the convenience and accessibility of
the Internet to learn about sitting shivah
can be tremendously helpful," Rosen
explained. "ShivaConnect also is serving
as an outreach tool, providing informa-
tion to non-practicing and unaffiliated
Jews who want to honor a Jewish relative
and want to learn more."
In Rosen's home state of Florida,
30 funeral homes are participating in
ShivaConnect. There is no charge to
funeral homes to be listed and no charge
to synagogues to use the service, but
Rosen allows some food establishments
and florists to advertise on the site for
a fee.
What began with an anxiety-ridden
experience has turned into a meaningful
way to honor her beloved mother's life
and make grieving a little easier for oth-
ers. While observing shivah will never be
totally stress-free, Rosen's ShivaConnect
has utilized the technology of the Web to
provide the right resources to simplify
the process.

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Rabbi Jason Miller blogs at

blog.rabbijason.com . He is president of

Access Computer Technology in West

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There is a charge of $30 for the
series or $12 per individual program.
For reservations, contact Eileen Polk,
(248) 865-0627 or Jan Durecki, (248)

Israel's Tech Economy
Is Topic At Beth Shalom

Hannan Lis will discuss the secrets
behind Israel's tech-based economy
following Shabbat morning services
Saturday, Feb. 25, at Congregation
Beth Shalom in Oak Park.
Lis, originally
from Haifa, is
principal, COO and
board member of
the WW Group Inc.
and is founder and
CEO of Lis Ventures
LLC, a venture fund
Hannan Lls
investing in emerg-
ing technologies
and companies.
Lis serves as president of the local
American Technion Society and is
also a member of the ATS national
board of governors. He is one of
the founders of the Michigan Israel
Business Bridge and is president of
the MIBB Foundation.
The event is free. RSVP: (248) 547-

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