April 25-26, 2015 was a memorable weekend, here at Congregation Beth Sholom! On Shabbos, Rabbi Sholom Hammer (speaking at Beth Sholom) gave three remarkable lectures on the topic of Jewish Identity. Then, the following day, Sunday morning, Sisterhood’s program on Identity Theft (not the Jewish Identity, which we won’t let anyone steal from us, Rabbi Hammer) was an eye opener. Ben Bruce spoke about the work that he does regarding identity theft in his role as assistant attorney general. I followed with powerful messages about computing security, including public WiFi and home computing.
Some of the best things you can do to protect your identity at home include using a firewall and anti-virus software, keeping them and the operating system updated with security patches and updates, using strong passwords, using a non-Administrator account, not opening up email from someone you don’t recognize (and Heaven forbid, not clicking on email attachments from unknown senders), not clicking “Yes” and “OK” to questions you don’t understand in security dialog boxes, putting too much information on social media sites, and falling for social engineering scams, like the one that recently went through our neighborhood, where scammers were calling from “Windows Technical Support” to fix your viruses!
Look Back: Mazal Tov to the Sadiks on Talia Rachel’s beautiful Bat Mitzvah on March 21, 2015! We all wore our pink themed kippahs proudly!
Look Ahead: Erica Brown and a wonderful Shabbos is approaching (May 15-16, 2015)! Please make your reservations ASAP! See you in the big shul!
Jonathan S. Weissman