The Text Me Book

I’m so pleased to announce the impending publication of my new book, Text Me: Ancient Jewish Wisdom Meets Contemporary Technology. Written with my colleague, Brian Amkraut, Text Me is an ideal companion for individual or group exploration into the complex intersection of modern digital life and Jewish/humanistic religious values.

– Rabbi Jeffrey Schein

A special 30% discount is available now through November 30, 2019, when you order directly through the publisher, Hamilton Press. Download this flier for your discount code and ordering instructions.

Critical Acclaim

“Finally, we have a resource that meets the needs of spiritual leaders and educators living in the digital age. In Jeffrey Schein’s book, Text Me: Ancient Jewish Wisdom Meets Con- temporary Technology, they will find theory, experience, and practice distilled into usable wisdom. What makes this book so critical is that it fills a void that is only getting larger. And with its real-life stories, it’s an engaging and instructive read for which rabbis and religious educators of all faiths will want to make time.”

– HAYIM HERRING, author, organizational consultant, and educational futurist

“Schein’s book offers religious leaders a resource for critically engaging the changes taking place in a thoughtful and practical way, exploring in depth particular aspects of technology and resources of his own faith traditions. While written primarily for a Jew- ish audience, the insights and understandings of each of the chapters provide insights Christian and Islamic religious leaders can reflect on, as well as a model of interdisciplin- ary engagement other faith traditions could reproduce within their own sacred texts and writings.”

– TERRI ELTON, associate professor of leadership, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN

Public Appearances

November 2, 2019, Religious Education Association, Toronto, ON

  • Guiding educators through the textmejudaism.com website.
  • World premiere of “It’s Complicated: Scully and the Smart Phone”, a short video related to biophilia and the relationship of sentient beings to technology

November 3
, 2019, Temple Emanu El, Orange, OH

  • Digital Life Cubed: An Interfaith Panel on our Religious and Digital Lives based on the Text Me volume, 2:00-3:30pm
  • Book signing, 3:30-4:00pm

November 4
, 2019, Laura and Alvin Siegal Institute of Adult Learning, Beachwood, OH

  • Book sharing and signing for the Cleveland Board of Rabbis, Noon-1:30pm

November 5, 2019, Jewish Education Center of Cleveland, OH

  • Book sharing and signing for Cleveland Jewish educators, , Noon-1:30pm

November 10, 2019, Heilicher Jewish Day School, Minneapolis, MN

  • Book Celebration and a Panel on L’Dor V’Dor in the Digital Age, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

December 2, 2019, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN

  • Digital Life Cubed: An Interfaith Panel on our Religious and Digital Lives based on the Text Me volume, Noon-1:30pm

February 13, 2020, Forsyth Chabad Center, Atlanta , GA

  • Book Talk and Signing, 7:30pm

February 14, 2020, Beit Haverim Reconstructionist Congregation, Atlanta , GA

  • Book Talk and Signing, 7:30pm

February 16, 2020, Chabad of Sandy Springs, GA

  • Book Talk and Signing, 1:00pm