(photo credit: ZOMET INSTITUTE)
The Zomet Institute, which facilitates the use of technology for individuals and institutions that need it on Shabbat and the Jewish holidays, opened ahead of Passover a new interactive visitor center in Alon Shvut called The Zomet Experience.
The institute has created numerous devices that require the use of electricity, generally prohibited by Jewish law on the Sabbath but permitted, even according to Orthodox practice, for use with electric wheelchairs, specially designed electrical outlets for medical devices, hotel coffee machines, a reading lamp and many other gadgets.
Zomet invested over halfa- million shekels to create the new center, complete with interactive models, films, illustrations and a virtual guided tour “to make learning fun and Halacha come alive.”
“People have heard about Zomet’s specially adapted phones, computer keyboards and metal detectors, but now we want to let people join us behind the scenes and understand how and when we can adapt these things to be used on the Sabbath while complying with all the stringencies of Jewish law,” explained Dan Marans, Zomet’s executive director.