Synago is designed for planning. When you sign up for Synago, you only have to define how many days a week you can commit to attending a synagogue service, and (optionally) which days suits you best. After this, Synago takes care of the rest.
Synago notifies users about their required attendance through text messages (SMS), and is therefore able to coordinate with everyone, as long as they own a cellular phone – not even a smartphone.
Synago is designed under the notion that users prefer the tool that maximizes utility while minimizing effort. This means that after signing up, Synago will be able to plan and schedule synagogue service attendance and notify via cell phone without any further interaction needed. Every week, the user will just receive a new message about the days and at what time he is expected to show up.
Balancing Jewish life, synagogue service and personal work/life balance can be a challenge in today’s world. Upon a sudden cancellation, Synago will automatically attempt to recruit other members of the community to fill in before cancelling a service on a given day.
Synago does not need a web site to function. Just as Synago sends you text messages, you can send a message back. You can ask Synago about convenient things like when tonight’s synagogue service is, if there is a minyan, and what days you are scheduled to attend.
Synago has great potential to create a technology-based future for small Jewish communities in the diaspora. The road map for Version 2 includes features such as minyan sharing, yahrzeits, planet-wide support, more intelligent algorithm design and much more.