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The Reform Movement Announces New Online Torah Commentary
Reform Voices of Torah to Feature Rabbis Kushner, Klein, Sonsino and Wiener


NEW YORK – October 27, 2006 – Reform Voices of Torah, a new weekly Torah commentary from the Union for Reform Judaism, will regularly feature the writing of four leading rabbis and will also draw on the Reform Movement’s diverse population of scholars, rabbis, cantors and educators for additional commentary.

"The Reform Movement is proud to bring together four great teachers to encourage our members to engage in the mitzvah of Torah study,” said Rabbi Eric Yoffie, president of the Union for Reform Judaism. “By creating this new Torah study resource, we hope that the sacred words found in these weekly divrei Torah will help nourish the souls of Reform Jews throughout North America.”

Rabbi Zoë Klein, Temple Isaiah, Los Angeles and published poet; Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, scholar of Congregation Emanu-El, San Francisco; Rabbi Rifat Sonsino, Ph.D., rabbi emeritus of Temple Beth Shalom, Needham, MA and adjunct professor at Boston College’s Theology Department; and Rabbi Nancy H. Wiener, clinical director of the Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Center for Pastoral Counseling and rabbi of the Pound Ridge Jewish Community, will each contribute commentary on one of the month’s weekly Torah portions, which will be distributed along with additional commentary from another Reform voice.

Reform Voices of Torah, which is available free of charge to anyone who wishes to subscribe, will be distributed by e-mail each Monday and also posted online at www.urj.org/torah.

Since the beginning of his presidency in 1996, Yoffie made the increased study of Torah one of his primary goals for his term in office. Almost 10 years ago, as part of a Movement-wide literacy initiative, he introduced Torat Hayim, an online and e-mail weekly commentary on the parashah. Four years ago, Rabbi Yoffie called upon Reform Jews to commit 10 minutes a day to the study of a Jewish text, launching 10 Minutes of Torah.

As the demand for and availability of online Torah study continues to grow, the Union has provided greater access to the Reform Movement’s leading scholars, rabbis, cantors and educators. Reform Voices of Torah is the Monday edition of the 10 Minutes of Torah series, that available on different topics for each day of the workweek. The popularity of 10 Minutes of Torah has continued to grow, with more than 18,000 people receiving a daily email of Torah and Jewish text. For more information about 10 Minutes of Torah or to subscribe please visit www.urj.org/torah/ten.

The Reform Voices of Torah, the unified voice of the Reform Movement’s scholars and teachers on the Torah portion for each week, is the newest addition to the Torah study tools created by the Union.

To learn more about the Reform Voices of Torah or to subscribe, visit www.urj.org/torah.



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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