As 5774 ends, Reboot wants people to pause, reflect

For the seventh consecutive year, 10Q, an initiative sponsored by the Jewish nonprofit Reboot, wants to get people to pause and reflect during the Days of Awe.

Participants who sign up for 10Q are emailed a question a day between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The questions are not religious; rather, they ask participants to reflect on goals, plans and relationships from the previous year.

“Society has changed and 10Q is needed more than ever,” said Tanya Schevitz, the San Francisco–based national communications manager for Reboot. “People don’t pause anymore to be alone with their thoughts. Nowadays, if anyone has a moment of downtime, they immediately pull out their phones to text, email or check Facebook.”

Last year, according to Reboot, more than 20,000 people around the world received the daily 10Q questions. Their answers have been stored for 12 months in the 10Q cloud, and at the end of 5774, the participants will be emailed their previous responses.

“When people do stop to reflect, it can make major changes in their lives,” Schevitz added.

In addition to being sent out via email, 10Q questions will be featured at several upcoming events in the Bay Area, starting with “Blue Monday” from 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 22 at the Bubble Lounge in San Francisco. The singles event, which doubles as a fundraiser for local Hillel programs, is run by the Young Adult Division of the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation.

10Q questions will also be part of the proceedings at “Ctrl+Alt+Del: Tashlique at Ocean Beach” from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25; “Night at the Jewseum” at the Contemporary Jewish Museum from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 2; and at a Reboot program from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 4 at Congregation Sherith Israel in San Francisco.

Schevitz will lead the 10Q program at Sherith Israel, guiding participants through a discussion based on the digital project.

Two local foundations, the Koret Foundation and the Jim Joseph Foundation, are major supporters of Reboot in the Bay Area. Reboot projects include the National Day of Unplugging and Beyond Bubbie.

The 10Q questions via email will start on Wednesday, Sept. 24. To sign up, visit www.doyou10q.com. For additional information, visit www.rebooters.net or contact 10Qsupport@renewyear.com. — abra cohen

Abra Cohen