Posts Tagged ‘video report’


A quick update about @TheKotel

   Posted by: Alon   in Blog

Shalom everyone,

As you probably know, this project has received a lot of media attention yesterday and today.  Reuters, FOX News, NBC New-York and Chicago, to name just a few. Many other places wrote or talked about it too. (By the way – if you’ve a story about his project on a real newspaper or on TV – please contact me, I’d love to know about it).

The media coverage brought a lot of new followers. Roughly 2,000 to be precise. And if you don’t know yet, this whole project is operated by me, a young student sitting in a room in Tel-Aviv. You can say I’m a bit overwhelmed with work 🙂 . Just think what it’s like to manually process 2,000 new people on Twitter (not to mention the thousands I already had before).

I’m asking for your patience.

Rest assured, I intend to give service to all. And I’ve proven myself in the past. On July 23rd, this project was featured in many places (New-York times, CNN, FOX, ABC, CBS, etc.) and I was overwhelmed with prayers pouring in back than. I’m proud to say that even though it took me a little while, all prayers were processed and stashed in the Western Wall. You can see for yourselves in the Reuters video. (sorry, couldn’t embed the video here).

Also, if you can offer any help – please contact me. This project needs any help it can get. I can’t keep going unsupported for long. It’s just how things are. Also, please read the Help Us page, and see if you can help or forward it to someone who can.

Thanks everyone,

I’ll keep working and updating you on what’s going on.


Behind the scenes with Bernard Lebrun of France2

   Posted by: Alon   in Blog

This Monday I went to Jerusalem with a filming crew and France2 reporter Bernard Lebrun. He did a story about me and TweetYourPrayers that was aired yesterday at the mid-day news. From the first phone call I had with him I had the feeling he is a very nice man. He was very patient as I spoke broken french with him and it sounded like he was very happy to speak with me despite my poor verbal skills in French (J’oublie Français a l’École mais malheureusement je n’ai pas parle la langue depuis la lycée).

When he came to Tel-Aviv to meet with me he proved he really is a nice man. He really loved the simplicity yet importance of my idea and was happy to report it.

After filming at the Kotel, Bernard and I waited on the balcony for the camera-man Mossi to bring in another battery for his camera. We had an interesting talk, since he leads an interesting life as a reporter. He was also in Beirut and Tehran, and we obviously talked about peace between Israel and the arab states. He told me something very special and insightful, it was short, but it’s the most important thing that I’ll take with me from the France2 experience.

What he told me that he is optimistic there will be peace one day. When young people in Tehran and Tel-Aviv use the same medium to change the world in their own way, these people speak a common language. Because of technology, the young will bridge the differences and make peace.

I hope he’s right. 🙂

(I must say though that I don’t think what I do changes the world. I think it helps a little, and is very important to the few thousands I served so far, but it’s nothing compared to what happened in Tehran).

Anyway, I’ll leave you with a picture I took on that balcony of Bernard closing up his story.

Bernard Lebrun in front of the camera with the Kotel in the background.

Bernard Lebrun in front of the camera with the Kotel in the background.

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