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The following are the main "positive" Jewish newsgroups. "Positive" refers to the fact that the newsgroups tends to take a positive attitude towards Jews/Judaism; the goal of the group is not to make fun of Judaism, to have non-Jewish discussions, or to be anti-Jewish. This list also does not include regional newsgroups.
Unmoderated Newsgroups. These newsgroups provide no outside control over content; posting appropriate content is left to the discretion of the article author. Alas, this results in a high level of noise in such groups; however, some individuals find the noise an acceptable price to pay to avoid the oversight of a moderator.
soc.culture.jewish. The granddaddy of all the Jewish newsgroups. This group is pretty freewheeling, and is moderated only by user self-control, usually guided by this FAQ. Any sort of Jewish topic is discussed here.
alt.humor.jewish. The unmoderated Jewish humor group. Expect anything in this group, including Jewish jokes of questionable taste. There are a number of more questionable subgroups under alt.humor.jewish.
alt.music.jewish. This unmoderated group focuses on the discussion of Jewish music and Jewish musicians.
alt.personals.jewish. This unmoderated group is a forum for Jews looking for Jews, inorder to form relationships of various sorts.
Moderated Newsgroups. In a moderated newsgroup, all submissions are sent to a moderator or moderation team, who must review the submission according to some standards to determine if it is appropriate for the group. Only if it is appropriate is it posted to the newsgroup.
soc.culture.jewish.moderated. This newsgroup is for discussions of anything Jewish, but with the gentle hand of a moderator to filter out the noise and personal attacks.
soc.culture.jewish.holocaust. This newsgroup is specifically for discussion of issues related to the "shoah" or "holocaust"; i.e., the massacre of Jews that occurred during World War II.
soc.culture.jewish.parenting. This newsgroup, an offshoot of both misc.kids and soc.culture.jewish, provides a moderated forum for the discussion of Jewish parenting issues.
rec.food.cuisine.jewish. This newsgroup is for the discussion of Jewish and Jewish-style cooking and related issues.
rec.humor.jewish. Got a good Jewish joke? Then this is the place for you.
soc.geneology.jewish. This newsgroup is for individuals researching their family trees.
alt.religion.judaism.orthodox. This newsgroup (a rare moderated newsgroup in the alt hierarchy) is for discussion of things Orthodox. It is a good source of traditional Torah commentaries.
The FAQ is a collection of documents that is an attempt to answer questions that are continually asked on the soc.culture.jewish family of newsgroups. It was written by cooperating laypeople from the various Judaic movements. You should not make any assumption as to accuracy and/or authoritativeness of the answers provided herein. In all cases, it is always best to consult a competent authority--your local rabbi is a good place to start.
Hopefully, the FAQ will provide the answer to your questions. If it doesn't, please drop Email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The FAQ maintainer will endeavor to direct your query to an appropriate individual that can answer it. If you would like to be part of the group to which the maintainer directs questions, please drop a note to the FAQ maintainer at email@example.com.
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