A community for Jews outside the mainstream. All "Weird Jews" are welcome here whether they be Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist, born-Jews, Jews by Choice, or anyone considering conversion. If you wish to join, please click here. Please do not contact us via our private e-mails or LJ's. We usually let almost everyone join unless given a good reason not to. (ex: neo-nazi's, proselytizing Christians, banned ex-members under different names). Once you've joined, go ahead and introduce yourself. Most of us have made friends from this community both on LJ and in real life. You'll be glad you did so.
weirdjews means "weird Jews." Yids who easily fit into mainstream Jewish culture do not fit in here. We aren't going to hold it against you if you're not as punk as one member or as much of a Jew-Buddhist as another. But we're not your typical Jews in appearance, or thought or both.
No racist or bigoted remarks.
No proselytizing for other faiths. Jews for Jesus and Messianic Jews are especially discouraged from joining.
No personal attacking or flaming. The moderators understand that debates can get heated, but when one starts name-calling and slandering another person is when we step in.
Please respect different forms of Jewish practice or lack thereof. We understand the differences and inherent rifts between different sects of Judaism and they will certainly present themselves in debate. But if you have resentful comments against another sect of Judaism, please endeavor to keep it to yourself.
weirdjews accepts every level of Jewish practice, or lack thereof, and criticizing others' level of 'Jewishness' is discouraged. Also, no matter what your personal opinion may be, do not tell a ger (convert) they are not Jewish unless they explicitly ask for a halachic view.
Anything you say on this community is open to discussion.
Please use good judgment when posting and commenting. There are no stupid questions, just stupid ways to ask them. This applies to stating opinions as well.
Please use an LJ cut tag for exceedingly long posts and large (or multiple) photos.
Posts containing promotion for another community or blog, Jewish or not, must be pre-approved by a moderator. Any post promoting a community that did not get prior approval will be warned or more depending on the case. Additionally, any user who joins the community for the sole purpose of promoting their community will possibly be banned. We're generally okay with most other communities as long as they have a Jewish or coinciding theme to them... so please just ask first!
Posts containing links to commercial websites not relating to the community will be deleted. Posts containing any promotion for personal commercial purposes must get approval from the mods as well.
No linking to other communities' drama asking for "help" on debates. If someone starts a flamewar elsewhere, it makes us look bad and encourages trolls to visit our community. Fight your own battles.
Please do not delete other users' comments. If you have a problem with someone's response, contact the mods!
Copied articles from another source should be under an LJ-cut. The first sentence or two may be placed before the cut.
A Quick Word from the Moderators:
The moderators are not here to hold your hand or mother you through the community. If you make an offensive statement, you open the door to others to offend you. What we ask is that people be respectful of each other especially in disagreement. The rules are open to interpretation and the moderators do not want to play Jew-police 24/7. But if you step way over the line, we will take appropriate action. For more suggestions on posting and commenting etiquette, please go here.
Additionally, there is always going to be someone offended by something, even if the intention is benign. If someone offends you but is not breaking the rules, please explain in your comment(s) why you're offended, but please refrain from personal attacks.
If someone breaks the rules outright, please do not criticize the offending member as it adds fire to the flamewar. Instead, if you wish to lodge a complaint, please e-mail the moderators. Please provide a direct link to the offending comment or post.
If a moderator has told you that your behavior is unacceptable or has violated the community rules, do not argue with them publicly. You may contact us privately at firstname.lastname@example.org if you disagree with a moderator and we will address your concern(s). Do not start complaining, bitching or insulting the moderator(s) because you do not like a rule. If you do so, you risk being banned without prior warning.
On a final note, I hope everyone who joins finds a home here.