Emanu-El has a new website

CEE New website

After six months of development and testing, Congregation Emanu-El has a new website, courtesy of our former newsletter editor, Jonathan Stoppi. Designed with new webdesign software, it is mobile friendly so you don’t to have to go to your computer to check it out! For a full explanation of the changes, see the introductory document; to view the website, go to http://www.congregationemanuel.ca/.

Kudos, Jonathan and thank you for taking care of us!

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Lincoln Shlensky retires as webmaster

Lincoln Shlensky

Lincoln has retired as our webmaster. Todah rabah for your volunteer service! We are grateful for the changes that Lincoln brought to the website during his tenure. It was a labor of love — and an aesthetically satisfying result! Through Lincoln’s personal efforts and his collaborations, Emanu-El has established a web presence that his successor can enhance. As your editor, I asked Lincoln about his experience in this role. The following interview Q & A reflects his response. Continue reading Lincoln Shlensky retires as webmaster

New Congregation Emanu-El website to go live!

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The new Congregation Emanu-el website (currently on preview at www.congregationemanuel.ca) will replace the current one (still located at www.congregationemanu-el.ca) — ably designed and maintained by Stephen Kagan – which has served a long and useful life but is now feeling its age.

The new site is designed to include some unique features that will be helpful to those wishing to learn more about the synagogue. It includes a running text feed of events posted to the synagogue’s Tumblr blog (administered by Jonathan Stoppi) and our ad-hoc Facebook group (administered by Judy Honickman-Fuller). It also includes links to the most recent and previous weekly newsletters (also designed by Jonathan), as well as a working calendar of events. Rabbi Harry is planning to begin offering a bi-weekly video talk that will be posted to the site as well.

The site is a work-in-progress: it mirrors the structure (but not the design) of the current website, with the idea that in the coming months structural changes to the site’s design will make it even easier to navigate and to get the information visitors need.

The site was designed through the volunteer efforts of Lincoln Shlensky using Weebly, a platform that should allow even non-techies to make content and design changes as desired. In addition to the new site, Rabbi Harry has proposed that the shul form a Technology Committee to help unify and coordinate the various online and social media (website, blog, newsletter, Facebook page, etc.) dedicated to Emanu-El activities.

We are very excited to be able to offer visitors to the new website an aesthetically pleasing experience, whether they are just browsing or seeking specific information about synagogue events, history, and services. We hope you will visit the site often and provide feedback on its features, design and structure!