July 2014 Newsletter

RJ WebBuilder 2.0 Newsletter


Dear Webmasters:

Recently, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) reported new attacks against Jewish community websites allegedly motivated by the ongoing conflict in Israel. Hacker groups have attacked and defaced the websites of U.S. based Jewish institutions as well as Israeli government and businesses.

The URJ in partnership with our server host company Edge, is doing everything we can to protect your websites and our servers. Edge offers many layers of security, each to filter known threats, automated attacks, malicious traffic and untrusted networks. Edge also has a dedicated high performance firewall in place to better protect our servers from being hacked. For a more detailed explanation of Edge's security system, please review this material.

While simply precautionary measures, here are some things you can do to better protect your site.

  • In addition to adding more security using RSFirewall (see below), you should be in the habit of changing all administrator passwords on a regular basis as well as using upper and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters. We will take care of the URJ admins, please don't change those.
  • Back up your site on a regular basis using Akeeba Backup.
  • Avoid posting direct email addresses, unsecured forms and personal contact information on your congregational website.

As a quick reminder, come November, the component GCalendar will no longer work. Over the past few weeks, our developers have been testing a solution, and it's proven to be a good one. The new plugin is called DPCalendar, and we will be using the Professional version. Please note, DPCalendar works alongside GCalendar, so if you are using GCalendar currently, continue to do so and please do not remove it. I will start beta testing soon on a few sites and then proceed to install the new software on each site and set it up. If you are currently using GCalendar or plan to, please notify me as this will help speed up the process.

Also, note that there is a new collaboration tool to replace the Shamash listservs. We are calling it The Tent, and it is running on software called Yammer but what you need to know is that it functions like a private Facebook network. While this won't replace the forums on the helpsite where specific questions and advice can be shared among webmasters, there are lots of other communications related conversations and resources to be found there. In fact, you can already find High Holiday graphics that can be used on your website, email and social media. Request a login today! (As always, please send all technical support questions through a support ticket.)

Please help me congratulate those congregations who have gone live recently.

Temple Israel, Canton, OH
Temple Sinai, Lake Charles, LA
Peninsula Temple Sholom, Burlingame, CA
Temple Sholom in Broomall, Broomall, PA
Garden City Jewish Center, Garden City, NY
Temple B'rith Kodesh, Rochester, NY
Congregation Olympic B'nai Shalom, Port Angeles, WA
Jewish Congregation of Kinnelon, Kinnelon, NJ
Temple Emanuel, Gastonia, NC
Congregation Beth David, San Luis Obispo, CA
Congregation Beth Israel, Austin, TX
Temple Beth Shalom, San Juan, PR
Congregation Beth Hamidbar, Yuma, AZ
Congregation Ner Tamid, Henderson, NV
Temple Emanuel, Pueblo, CO

Kol Hakavod to the new sites!

Joel Emerman
Congregational Websites Manager
212-452-6579 (New York number however I live in Chicago suburbs)

Quick Tips

Create a Popup Lightbox to View a Document
Use this feature as a creative way to display an image or PDF. View an example of this on the Temple Shalom of Naples website (see it under 'Tuition Payment').

Did You Know?

You Can Add Additional Security Settings to Your Site
If you notice some suspicious activity on your site or want to adjust security settings, go to the RSFirewall component in the administrator control panel. Block entire countries or single IP addresses. For more information on the features of RSFirewall and how they work, review this tutorial.

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We are challenged in reaching current webmasters due to high turnover and changes in email addresses. If you are receiving this email, you are the person who was reported to the URJ to be handling your congregation's website. If there are additional people who need to be on this list or if you need to get off this list, please send corrected information to datamgmt@urj.org.

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