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RJ Youth Worker of the Month December

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Cantor Rosalie Boxt of Kensington, MD Named “Youth Worker of the Month”
North American Recognition for her Dedication to Area Youth

NEW YORK – December 1, 2006 – Cantor Rosalie Boxt of Temple Emanuel in Kensington has been named December’s “Youth Worker of the Month” by the Union for Reform Judaism.

“I am very pleased to be honored by my peers for what I love to do,” said Cantor Boxt.

From her work as a student intern with the URJ Youth Division and NFTY in Israel, to song leading at many URJ Camps, Cantor Boxt has dedicated much of her professional career to youth work. “It seems that no matter how far removed I may seem, my heart and soul of my Jewish experience is found in the voices of young people.”

Cantor Alane Katzew, director of Music Programming in the Union’s Department of Worship, Music and Religious Living said, “Rosalie has been a strong and encouraging presence for youth who are seeking a musical or song leading pathway to connect with their Judaism.”

The “Youth Worker of the Month” recognizes the talent, dedication, and commitment of outstanding youth workers. Each “Youth Worker of the Month” recipient is nominated by a supervisor or peer and is featured for a month on www.RJyouthworker.org. The recipient also receives a book complements of the URJ Press and a gift certificate to Barnes & Noble.

Additionally award winners will be recognized during the URJ Youth Worker's Conference from February 16-20, 2007 in Philadelphia, PA. The YWC draws more than 200 of North America’s best youth workers together every other year. Focusing on informal education in the synagogue, the YWC will center on the teaching of ethics and morality to a modern teenager.

Recognizing the differences in the role of a youth worker from congregation to congregation, the Union for Reform Judaism has created RJyouthworker as an interactive website to provide resources and support for Reform Jewish youth workers around the world. With message boards, programs and professional development opportunities, RJyouthworker is designed to address the needs of the diverse field of Jewish youth workers in the Reform Movement.

For more information, please go to www.RJyouthworker.org.


The Union for Reform Judaism (formerly the Union of American Hebrew Congregations) is the central body of Reform Judaism in North America, uniting 1.5 million Reform Jews in more than 900 synagogues. Union services include camps, music and book publishing, outreach to unaffiliated and intermarried Jews, educational programs, and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington, D.C.


 
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