My name is Shmuel Gonzales (a.k.a. “Shmu the Jew”). I am a teacher, writer, commentator, liturgist and translator from east Los Angeles, California.
As a blog writer, I enjoy talking about the challenging topics of Torah and Jewish life. I also tackle topics of personal struggle as learned through my current battle with HIV/AIDS.
I have been utilizing the Internet for the promotion of online Jewish expression since 1994. Pioneering with a Do-It-Yourself use of electronic media for producing Hebrew texts and providing electronic Jewish learning opportunities.
Among my various projects, I also produce classical liturgical and halachic texts for free and open-source redistribution. I am also proud to be a member of the Open Siddur Project to promote the digitization of Jewish liturgy as an open source library. Learn who we are and how you can contribute to this wonderful resource.
I am also a proud member of Congregation Beth Shalom of Whitter – a progressive Jewish congregation – where I also teach “Introduction to Judaism” and coordinate Spanish language programming for our growing Latino Jewish community here in the Los Angeles eastside and the San Gabriel Valley.
You also want to check out, “Barrio Boychik.” This newest blog of mine is an open slate for various topics of interest I encounter as a community organizer, activist historian and spiritual leader in the Los Angeles eastside. To share the unique cultural experiences I encounter daily.
On both these sites, my intention is in exploring everyday Jewish experiences in action; in order to encourage people to venture out to experience Judaism in their real world and reclaim their spirituality from the isolation of the Internet.
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