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September 24, 2010

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Friday, September 24, 2010
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Simchat Torah, an unconventional holiday of rejoicing with the Torah, pulls you out onto the dance floor and shows off some moves. (Edmon J. Rodman) (Edmon J. Rodman)

Dancing with stars on Simchat Torah

By Edmon J. Rodman

Columnist Edmon J. Rodman does his version of Arthur Murray for the seven hakafot, or circle dances, to send Jews into the fresh circle of the new year. Read more »

This Week's Top News from JTA

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, honored for her commitment to Jewish life in Germany, vowed to keep up the fight against anti-Semitism.

Two Torah scrolls rescued from thieves were given to the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, which has found new homes for them.

A Chicago-area synagogue, including its sukkah, was vandalized.

Ariel Sharon, who has been in a coma for nearly five years, is expected to be moved from an Israeli hospital to his Negev ranch.

Elsewhere in the Media

JTA - Repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell Reform Says

The Reform Movement's Religious Action Center urged U.S. senators to support legislation repealing the government's "Don't Ask Don't Tell Policy." Read more »

The Las Vegas Sun: What 911 Should Mean to America

This year's sermon by Rabbi Sanford Akselrad happened to be the epitome of current events meeting Biblical admonition. He called it "The End of Civility? The Mosque that Roared." Read more »

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Bonfire of the Inanities

Let us put to rest the spurious controversies that have fueled Islamophobia. Read more »

The Chicago Tribune: Chicago-area Jewish women hold Torah to send a message

Members of Congregation Solel, a Reform temple in Highland Park, protest the recent arrest of an Israeli woman detained for the forbidden act of carrying a Torah at the Western Wall. Read more »

Around the Globe

Peretz dropped as Harvard event speaker

ACLU sues N.J. town over Lord's Prayer

Do Jewish households give more to poverty causes than those from other faiths?

Jews have officially arrived -- The Proof

NYU rues Yom Kippur e-mail

Ancient synagogue uncovered in Jordan Valley

Heat damages Israel's etrog crop

Russian Jewish leader urges textbook pulled

 

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Union News

Resources for Celebrating Sukkot

EtrogLearn more about this festive harvest holiday and find ways to celebrate with family and friends: blessings for the lulav and etrog, books, social action ideas, activities for kids, and more. Read more »

2009 Fain Social Action Awardee:Congregation Gates of Prayer and the New Orleans Women's Shelter

The New Orleans Women's Shelter began in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to provide transitional housing for homeless women and mothers with young children. Congregation Gates of Prayer became the shelter's fiscal sponsor and volunteer coordinator. Read more »


For the complete list of award-winning projects, visit the Fain website.

Visit the Webinar Archives

Visit the online webinar archive to see and view past webinars on a variety of topics. The archives are available 24/7. Read more »

Don't Miss These Upcoming Webinars!

October 5: Differentiating Instruction: Modify Lessons to Reach Every Child

October 6: How Do I Fit In: Small Congregations and the New Union

October 7: What does a "Youth Friendly" Congregation Look Like?

October 8: Money REALLY DOES Matter: An Introduction to New Middle School Curriculum

Read more »

Registration Now Open for West and Central North American Forums

This fall and next spring, each Union district will host a North American Forum, a three day intensive conference full of learning and networking opportunities. Forum participants can expect to engage in workshops as they learn from and with Jewish professionals and active leaders and congregants from across North America. Read more »

Jewish Living by Mark Washofsky - A Must-Have for Every Home, Office and Classroom!

A revised edition of this definitive guide for Reform Jewish practice is now available, featuring an index, cross-references to Mishkan T'filah, and new sections reflecting changes in the Movement and the world at large over the last decade, including same-sex marriage, conversion, bioethics, and justification of war. Read more »

Register Young Voters
Do you know any new voters? Help the 18-yr old in your life register vote for this November's election. We've created a New Voter resource page for active social justice advocates seeking a Jewish perspective in the electoral process. Read more »

From the RJ.org Blog

Let's Get Sustainable in 5771

Introducing a new blog post series featuring weekly updates from congregations, camps, environmental sustainability experts, and Reform Jews working to increase environmental sustainability across North America. Read more »

Galilee Diary: Fade to Black

"In the years since we made aliyah I have become much more conscious of the connection between the Jewish calendar and the cycles of nature." Read more »

 

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