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What is #Matanchat and how do I join?

Meredith Polsky

How Matan Chat Works

What is #matanchat? #matanchat is a monthly scheduled Twitter chat on topics in inclusive Jewish education.

What if I don’t know how to participate in a Twitter chat? There are instructions further down in this document — scroll down to “How do I participate in #matanchat?”

You can also see an example of what chats look like here: #examplechat: an example Twitter chat that explains how Twitter chats work.

When is #matanchat? We will always announce the day and time in advance. It’s ok to show up late or post answers after the chat. You can also use the hashtag for informal discussion at other times.

How do I participate in #matanchat?

  • Log into your Twitter account (or create one).
  • At the scheduled chat time, search for “#matanchat” on or the Twitter app. Make sure to click “live” or “all tweets” (otherwise you will see only the tweets twitter considers the most important, which makes conversation difficult).
  • Questions will be tweeted by @mataninc. They are prefaced Q1, Q2, etc.
  • When you respond: preface your answer with A1, A2, etc, so people know what question you’re answering. Include the text “#matanchat” in your tweet so other people will see it!
  • You can respond to other participants, too, just make sure to include the #matanchat tag and and preface your tweet with the answer number.

Who creates the questions? Generally Ruti Regan (@rutiregan), our rabbinic intern, writes the questions and moderates the chats. Sometimes we will have guest moderators.

When and where are questions posted? Questions are posted to #matanchat from the @mataninc twitter account during the scheduled chat times. They are also posted to the public document ahead of time to give people the option of looking at them in advance if they like to.

What happens with the answers? Anyone on Twitter can read your answers, either on the #matanchat tag, on their timeline (if they follow you), or on your profile. We make most answers accessible on the public web 1-4 days after the chat in a Storify (a tweet collection). If you don’t want your tweets included in the storify, tell @mataninc or email

Here’s an example of what a storify looks like:

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