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August 20, 2010

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Jewish groups exhale after Congress extends Medicaid program

By Jacob Berkman

The Federal Medical Assistance Percentage will pump billions of dollars into organizations that rely on payment from Medicaid, saving Jewish groups $150 million to $200 million. Read more »

This Week's Top News from JTA

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee will aid victims of the floods in Pakistan.

Israel's air force hit what Israel's military said was a weapons manufacturer and weapons smuggling tunnels in the Gaza Strip.

Nancy Pelosi agreed with an ADL call on a group planning a mosque near Ground Zero to reveal its funders, but said the mosque's opponents should do the same.

The developer of a proposed mosque near Ground Zero said it would consider building elsewhere a day before President Obama defended its right to build there.

Eight Muslim American leaders who visited concentration camps and met with Holocaust survivors signed a statement condemning Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism.

A former Israeli soldier is being criticized for posting Facebook photos of herself with Palestinian prisoners.

Reports saying that a judge ruled that the New York Mets' ballpark must allow a kosher-food vendor to sell its products on the Jewish Sabbath "mischaracterize the court's verbal ruling," the team said.

Google removed Nazi-related applications from its Android downloads following protests from Jewish users.

Lea Michele, who plays Rachel Berry on the popular television show "Glee," said she is proud of her Jewish nose.

A New Jersey man was arrested for allegedly running a $200 million real estate scam that fed on the Orthodox community.

A bomb scare closed streets near the Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles.

El Al and JetBlue will now offer connecting options for customers traveling between the United States and Israel.

Elsewhere in the Media

Temple Hesed marks anniversary of founding
In August of 1860, Northeast Pennsylvania's earliest Jewish settlers came together for the purpose of founding a house of worship. That love endures to this day at what is now known as Temple Hesed, which marks its 150th anniversary on Friday. Read more »

Enlisting Rabbis in the Push for Screening
Leaders and medical professionals from various corners of the Jewish community have been coming together of late to reach out to rabbis and educate them on Jewish genetic diseases. The goal of these efforts is to encourage rabbis, as well as cantors performing marriages, to integrate information on the topic into premarital counseling and to educate the community-at-large. Read more »

RJA puts the moves on learning

It began with toe touches, then jumping jacks and fingertips to opposite knees before everyone gathered in the gym to swat the wall with one of those foam noodles used to stay afloat in a swimming pool. Suffice it to say, this was not your typical teacher development seminar. Read more »

Hillel students and professionals gear up to face anti-Israel campus activism
Jewish students and campus professionals prepare for what they expect will be increased anti-Israel activism on campus this fall. Read more »

Rabbi Eric Bram, Suburban Temple-Kol Ami leader, was 52
Rabbi Eric Bram, spiritual leader of Suburban Temple-Kol Ami from 2002-2010, died Aug. 17. Read more »

Around the Globe

Article fuels speculation, debate over possible strike against Iran

If the United States doesn't attack Iran's nuclear facilities within the next eight months or so, Israel probably will. So says journalist Jeffrey Goldberg in the September issue of The Atlantic magazine in an article that is fueling debate and speculation among many Middle East experts. Read more »

On a Warsaw Ghetto film, an unwitting collaboration

In "A Film Unfinished," Israeli filmmaker Yael Hersonski combines actual and staged ghetto scenes shot in 1942 by a Nazi propaganda crew with the testimony of a Nazi cameraman and ghetto survivors. Read more »

Take Action

Help the Victims of Flooding in Pakistan

Catastrophic flooding in Pakistan has killed 1,600, destroyed 6,000 villages and left almost 14 million people without shelter, food, clean water, health care and other basic needs. Support our relief partners who are bringing aid to affected Pakistanis. Read more »

Prepare for the High Holy Days

High Holy Days

The Sounds and Tastes of the New Year

Rosh HaShanah is a feast for our senses. Join our guest presenters, Tina Wasserman, author of the cookbook Entrée to Judaism and Cantor Daniel Pincus, Baal T'kiyah (shofar blower) extraordinaire, on September 1 for a forshpeis webinar -- a little appetizer to whet your appetite for the Sounds and Tastes of the New Year. Read more »

Young Families: Holiday Happenings for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur

Make a "mitzvah wheel," a "mirror of reflection," a round challah cover, and other projects. Parents and teachers will appreciate these great ideas for getting young children excited about the coming holidays. Read more »

Shirei T'shuvahURJ Books and Music: Shirei T'shuvah: Songs of Repetence

The long-awaited resource recording for Shirei T'shuvah, a comprehensive collection of High Holy Day music for solo voice and keyboard is now available. It’s a perfect guide for congregational choirs, cantorial soloists, rabbis and cantors without multi-part choirs. Read more »

NFTY High Holy Day Guides

Download the "Elul Self-Evaluation," information packets, text studies, a ready-to-use siddur, and much more! NFTY has resources for group programs and individuals alike. Read more »

RJ Magazine: A Happy Hungarian Rosh HaShanah!

Food encased in dough is popular for Rosh HaShanah because of the visual reminders of being "sealed" in the Book of Life. In the brand-new Reform Judaism article, "Hungarian Dreaming," author Tina D. Wasserman teaches how to make two favorites: Hungarian Cabbage Strudel and Hungarian Potato Dumplings with Prune Filling. Read more »

WRJ's Holiday Cards

Order these beautiful cards to send greetings to friends and loved ones. All purchases support the WRJ's YES Fund (Youth, Education and Special Projects), ensuring our Jewish heritage by fostering the next generation of leaders. Read more »

Union News

It's not too early to start thinking about next summer!

The URJ Camps and Israel Programs are already planning for the summer of 2011! With high-caliber facilities, engaging programming, and a thoughtful and caring staff, the URJ programs have been a vital part of the lives of tens of thousands of children for nearly six decades. Camp registration for 2011 is already open. Read more »

From the RJ.org Blog

Rabbi Amy R. Perlin: Ki Teitzei: On Parenting and Punishment

This week's d'var Torah focuses on a passage that is often troubling for parents, advocating physical punishment of a defiant child. Rabbi Perlin looks to ancestral rabbinic wisdom to help us put this passage into a more useful and less disturbing context. Read more »

Larry Kaufman: Sing Unto Webster a New Word

The deficiencies of the English language when it comes to gender neutrality make it difficult for us to portray God in an anti-sexist manner in modern liturgy. Post your ideas for creating a new, gender-neutral pronoun. Read more »

Rabbi Phyllis Sommer: A Healthy Elul

Elul and the High Holy Days seem to be all about internal checkups. In that vein, here are 10 tips for a healthier Elul, which might lead to a healthier year. Read more »

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