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Ultra-Orthodox Hosts Sold-Out Event at Citi Field on Tech Risks

Sunday, May 20, 2012

A Jewish man walks through Midwood. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

More than 40,000 ulta-Orthodox Jewish men will gather at Citi Field Sunday to discuss how to use modern technology – including how to avoid potential dangers of the Internet.

The event is sold out and another 20,000 men will fill nearby Arthur Ashe Stadium. Women are not permitted at either stadium.

Critics have called the event an anti-Internet rally, but Eytan Kobre, a spokesman for the Ichud Hakehillos Letohar Hamachane said the faith-based group wants to teach families to use technology responsibly.

“They'll make decisions about how much technology they want to allow into their lives and what kind of safeguards they want to apply to that technology,” Kobre said.

Though the Internet will be the focus of discussion, smartphones will also enter the conversation, he said.

“If we can't do that because we got this ball and chain, at out side, on our waist, our pocket,” Kobre said. “Then that means we can't be the best Jews that we can be.”

A group is planning a protest across from Citi Field, saying instead of focusing on the potential dangers of technology, religious leaders should be doing more to root out alleged sex abuse within their community.

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no name

You are not talking sensible !
This has nothing to do , with the
way you go on with your live .
Israel is nothing better , for a
person , who wants to live in a decent
way . These people were not telling you or
the world , what to do , or not .
They are just trying to work within their
own communities . No one was forced to go !!

They have the same rights , as you do .
to live as they please !!

May. 21 2012 01:12 PM
Ruth H from Teaneck, NJ

The previous commentator's defensive stance is unnecessary and jarring.
These men are not seeking to tell others how to use the internet and cyber technology. They are interested in debating the most efficient yet least corrupting way for their families and communities to engage with it.

May. 21 2012 08:18 AM
Bill Bose from NY

Why don't they just move to Israel? Get out if you don't like how we live.

May. 20 2012 10:08 PM

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