January 27, 2021 - FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – Florida-based Jewish start-up MyPersonalJudaism.com officially launched its online portal doors for Jewish educators, clergy, spiritual leaders and community partners aimed at serving unaffiliated and Interfaith families within the Jewish community. Having just completed a successful Kickstarter campaign with 80+ backers raising $25,000 in its first round of capital, MyPersonalJudaism is focusing on building resource infrastructure and curated content, and is set to launch to the public this February, 2021.
The portal community has achieved early success in attracting Jewish professionals and organizations that serve and seek to provide self directed Jewish and Interfaith families to find, browse, compare, and access a myriad of choices for engagement, learning, and resources for how to celebrate a Jewish life, including milestone events in the digital age, and especially in times of Covid.
“Today, we believe the Jewish Community is the real winner here,” shares visionary founder Debbi Ballard. “We set out to create opportunities for under-publicized Jewish professionals to find an advertising/marketing medium, a vehicle for business development, and a major new connection tool to build community for so many Jewish/interfaith families who otherwise would not find these amazingly talented, valuable people and resources.”
For the professional, MyPersonalJudaism is the first directory and portal where independent Jewish professionals can reach unaffiliated Jewish families and individuals who can hire their services for a bar/bat mitzvah, wedding, funeral or special event, or to access online programming around the world. While competitors have wonderful resources, share information and make clergy referrals based on geo-specific and traditional needs, MyPersonalJudaism serves all denominations across all levels of observance with an open-minded, accepting, nurturing, and supportive attitude towards Jewish connection.
“As the Chuppah is open on all sides..to welcome all family and friends… in the way Abraham and Sarah’s Big Tent was open… Cantor Debbi’s vision calls us to provide the biggest tent yet… to invite and welcome in those worldwide unaffiliated and disconnected… online, offline, and in line with the richness of our tribal wisdom and spiritual heritage. Yasher Koach, Kol Kavod” shares Cantor Marc Bacharac.
For the self-directed seeker, it is important to note that MyPersonalJudaism creates a connection to Jewish community with no barriers for the professional and community alike. As a true, unifying online community, MyPersonalJudaism is the first of its kind gathering place for all unaffiliated, interfaith, biracial, multi-ethnic, same gender, LGBTQ, transgender and binary communities to find Jewish community professionals for their self-initiated, self-directed, values-driven, home-based Jewish experience. We help connect and refer to our associated Jewish professionals, clergy and leaders, who may not have received ordination from traditional programs, but are strong, qualified, caring, giving and creative spiritual guides.
Sarah DeWoskin, Founder Lev Children’s Museum, shares, “This forming of a collaboration between various facets of Jewish engagement opens the door to endless possibilities. It is so important that we offer families vehicles to, literally and figuratively, meet them where they are and help guide them along their Jewish journeys.”
As a successful spiritual leader serving the Unaffiliated Jewish population over the last 20 years, Cantor Debbi Ballard understands what unaffiliated Jewish families are seeking and the void in the marketplace. “Today, less than 20% of Jews in the United States are affiliated with a traditional house of worship. This means 80% of the Jewish population does not have a spiritual home. The religiously “disconnected” population is growing exponentially, but people still want access to resources, community, and educational content because their Jewish foundation is important.”
According to Pew Research, the ‘religious unaffiliated’ is overall the fastest growing segment of the religious population today. The number of people who now seek out self-directed “concierge-style” Jewish services is rising exponentially, as a result of the popularity of the “on-demand” services we have access to in our secular lives. Those that have left structured, force-fed ceremonial experiences seek out inclusive communities with customized, personalized options. While many no longer value the ideals of local membership, outdated ceremonies, and inflexible leadership, the number of self-directed resources has grown exponentially to meet this rising demand, creating do-it-yourself lifecycle events, learning and experiences, taking people far outside the congregation and into their own personal communities.
About My Personal Judaism
Founded in 2020, MyPersonalJudaism.com is an online community innovating Jewish inclusivity and community connection by connecting independent Jewish professionals and unaffiliated Jewish families seeking spiritual guidance and Jewish identity, experience and milestone event facilitation. Our mission is to close the gap by providing inclusion, acceptance, and choice to self-directed, unaffiliated Jews looking for meaningful connections to Jewish community, resources, and personalized experiences beyond traditional means. Our vision is to create meaningful solutions and personalized Jewish experiences and connection, non-traditionally. For more information, please visit www.MyPersonalJudaism.com.
Media inquiries, please contact Jeremy Broekman, (818) 212-9201,
Jeremy@broekmancomm.com or founder Debbi Ballard directly at (954) 850-0453, Debbi@MyPersonalJudaism.com