4

L'Chaim: A Dallas Artist Helps Give Israel a Second Life

Not gonna lie -- it might be easier to get me into virtual synagogue than the real thing.
^
Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

Sure, I went to Israel when I was a teenager -- Teen Tour, y'all? And during that time I discovered several important things about my faith: Mogen David should not be consumed by the barrel (or thimble, for that matter), Israeli-brewed Budweiser tastes like warm urine even when ice cold, Against All Odds and Supergirl are terrible in Hebrew and English, and there's nothing sexier than a female Israeli solder dancing in a Jerusalem discotheque with an AK-47 over her shoulder. Kids today might miss that profoundly religious experience.

This week comes word that there's now a virtual Israel floating around Second Life. That's due, in part, to a 33-year-old Dallas artist named Beth Brown, who, in 2006, created Second Life's first synagogue, Temple Beth Israel. Brown, who goes by Beth Odets in virtual temple, created Second Life Israel with New Jersey's Chaim Landau, who apparently doesn't like to travel, maybe? --Robert Wilonsky

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.