The New Kosher “Cha Cha”


cha-chaA new service will allow frum Jews to plumb the Internet for answers to questions and information – without having to connect to the Internet themselves. The initiative, dubbed ‘Internet Gemach,’ will involve sending questions and queries to the service anonymously. According to a report on, the providers will then look for the information on the Net and send back answers by fax or e-mail. This service is somewhat similar to the Cha Cha text service that allows users to ask questions and receive answers via text message.

The idea for an Internet gemach was born among a group of community organizers who decided to do something in order to reduce the number of chareidi families in Eretz Yisroel with Internet access in their homes. They conducted a short survey and discovered that many chareidi people connect to the Internet because it makes discount shopping easier and because of the information available through Internet search engines.

Many of these people do not have Internet at home and instead go to friends’ homes, just to “check something small,” but wind up surfing the Internet for an hour or more, according to the report.

In order to make these situations unnecessary, the Internet Gemach operators will conduct searches for the frum public. The person wishing to receive information will call the gemach and say what it is he wants to find out. There will be no need to identify himself – only to leave a fax number or an e-mail address from an Internet provider deemed reliable.

The service, according to the report, will be offered to a specific chassidishe community as a pilot project.

{Yair Israel}


  1. That’s funny. I’m a registered ChaCha Guide. I wonder how I can join this new service.

    (To all you Lakewood ChaCha users, yes, I’m the one that tells you not to waste time during seder!! lol)