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September 3, 2010

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Friday, September 3, 2010


President Obama holds a working dinner with, clockwise from left, King Abdullah II of Jordan, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Quartet envoy Tony Blair and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House, Sept. 1, 2010. (White House / Pete Souza)

Netanyahu, Abbas each give a little on first day of talks

By Ron Kampeas

On the first day of a summit between the Israeli and Palestinian leaders, each side gave the other something in remarks at Thursday morning's news conference. Read more >

This Week's Top News from JTA

A new campaign is promoting Yom Kippur as a day to disconnect from technology.

The French Jewish umbrella group spoke out against recurring comparisons between Nazi treatment of Jews and France’s current policy to rapidly expel Roma migrants.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that peace talks are off unless Israel extends a partial moratorium on settlement building.

The Mormon Church and Jewish leaders have resolved a dispute over the church's posthumous baptisms by proxy of Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

Israeli and Palestinian leaders will meet every two weeks to advance peace talks.

Two Israelis were wounded in a West Bank shooting attack late Wednesday night, a day after four Israelis were killed in a similar attack.

A settlers' umbrella group unilaterally ended the West Bank construction moratorium in response to the terrorist attack near Hebron.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will speak of conceding territory and sharing the land with the Palestinian people when talks are formally launched.

Jews are being urged to oppose a church's call to burn Korans on Sept. 11.

Elsewhere in the Media

Reform movement to Justice Department:
protect Muslims

As invective about the proposed Islamic center in Manhattan gets uglier, the Reform movement has joined with the Interfaith Alliance, the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty and Muslim Advocates in calling on the Obama administration to take stronger measures to "protect millions of American Muslims" and to take stronger steps to protect religious freedom in today's overheated political climate. Read more >

At Holiday Time, It's About Inclusion

Sue Levi Elwell, Union rabbi and worship specialist for the URJ, illuminates the message in this week's Torah portion, Nitzavim-Vayelech: "At this season of forgiveness, the text draws us close, reminding that each of us is included in the people who are challenged, again and again, to sustain relationships with one another and with God. " Read more >

Heeding Heschel's Call: Hebrew Union Seminarians Pray With Their Feet at Park51

This past Tuesday, over forty students, staff, and faculty from Hebrew Union College - New York walked with signs of support, yarmakules, prayer shawls, and ceremonial rams horns from their campus to the Park51 community center, in an effort to counter harmful rhetoric and demonstrate their solidarity with the American Muslim community's struggle for freedom of religion. Read more >

Youth groups help teens lay foundations of faith

Naomi Segal, 17, has benefited greatly from her experience in the Oak Park Temple Youth group at the Oak Park Temple B'nai Abraham Zion. "Being in OPTY and NFTY made me realize I want to go to a college with a Jewish population," said Segal. "Through them, I've met people in America and Israel who will be my contacts in college and later." Read more >

Op-Ed: A state of Palestine in the Making,
by Rabbi Kenneth Chasen, Leo Baeck Temple,
Los Angeles

"The amazing changes occurring in the West Bank under Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad show what a state of Palestine could look like. His leadership, and vision, should be embraced by all." Read more >

From Blog

Congregational Life

Why do 20 and 30-somethings without kids join a congregation? This is a question often asked of "dcc". He'd rather discuss why he stays a member... and what congregations can do to keep their 20s and 30s involved. Read more >

Why Talk About Christmas in Fall?

Ah, the memories! The smells, the food, the cookies, the craft projects, the family decorating together, the company coming over to celebrate, the smell of freshly cut tree branches while building the sukkah! That's right... Sukkot offers Jewish families an opportunity to create all of the warm family memories that are often associated with Christmas. Read more >

Prepare for the High Holy Days

Apples and Honey

Please Note: There will be no Weekly Briefing on September 10th. We wish you all a sweet, joyful and fulfilling New Year. Shanah Tovah!

Video: How to Shape a
Round Challah

VideoTina Wasserman, author of Entree to Judaism, demonstrates two techniques for creating a beautiful round challah for Rosh HaShanah. Enjoy! Read more >

Send Warm Wishes for the New Year

Send our new e-cards to friends, family, congregants, or colleagues to wish them a sweet New Year, and customize it with an additional message of your own. Read more >

High Holy Days Webinar:
Focusing Inward: Text Study on Fasting and Repentance - September 13th

What are texts that can guide us during these Ten Days of Repentance? What are some of our rabbis' insights on repentance and fasting? Join us for an hour of interactive text study that will challenge and expand your mind and heart during Aseret Y'mei T'shuvah. Read more >

Union News

Reform Judaism magazine: What You Need to Know about College

Wondering how you or someone you know is going to pay for college? Among the offering's in RJ's brand-new 5th Annual Insider's Guide to College Life is "Financial Aid: Tricks of the Trade" - how to negotiate to receive a college's best financial aid offer. Read more >

URJ-Kesher Birthright Israel Registration Opening Next Week

All 18-to 26-year old young adults who haven't traveled to Israel before can apply for a free trip with URJ-Kesher! Registration opens on September 14th for new applicants and September 13th for returning applicants. Sign up to learn more about the next round of trips in 2010 and 2011. Read more >

Webinar: Integrating Youth Professionals into Your Community - September 15th

Learn valuable tips for orientation and supervision when integrating a new youth professional into your community. All Union webinars are recorded, visit the archives to view them at your convenience. Read more >

Enter the URJ Techies Contest!

Is your congregation using online social networks and technology to engage members and grow your community? Enter our contest for a chance to win prizes, gain recognition for your efforts, and help the Reform Jewish community at large learn about innovative uses of these tools. Read more >

For Parents and Teachers:
Got Shabbat, Nitzavim/Vayeilech

Study Torah with your child using these suggestions for age-appropriate discussions about this week's portion. Read more >

Get Out the Vote! A Jewish Guide to Civic Engagement during Elections
On November 2, 2010, Americans head to the polls for the midterm elections and there's a lot to learn before casting your vote.  Visit the Religious Action Center's Voting Information Center for programming suggestions to galvanize your community, "do and don'ts" on "Pulpit Politics," and a guide to learning about candidates and issues. Read more >

From URJ Books and Music: Night Lights: A Sukkot Story

On a dark night full of many mysterious sounds, Daniel and his older sister Naomi set out to sleep in their family sukkah. With no outlet to plug in a night light, Daniel and Naomi come to see the stars above as the same night lights the ancient Israelites used on their journey in the desert. Read more >

North American News

Mass. gubernatorial debate set for Rosh Hashanah

A Boston television station is holding the initial Massachusetts gubernatorial debate on the first night of Rosh Hashanah. Read more >

Around the Globe

'Being Erica' TV character transfixes Toronto Jews

The character -- a bright and attractive Jewish woman in her early 30s living in a hip neighborhood in downtown Toronto -- resonates with many young Canadian Jews who see in her something of themselves. But the Jewish portrayal of Erica does have its critics. Read more >

Israeli institutions facing new boycotts -- by Israelis

Boycotts from within may mark a new front in Israel’s political battles. Read more >

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