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October 1, 2010

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Friday, October 1, 2010
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"Fractured Bubble," by Henry Grosman and Babak Bryan of Long Island City, N.Y., was the winner of the Sukkah City architectural competition in Manhattan. (courtesy of Reboot)

Sukkahs that captured a city's imagination to go nationwide

By Sue Fishkoff

Sukkah City, the architectural competition that brought a dozen radically reimagined sukkahs to Manhattan's Union Square Park, is set to branch out nationwide next year. Read more »

Reform Movement in the News

The Huffington Post: Auschwitz and the Mosque Near Ground Zero: The Problems with This Analogy
by Eric H. Yoffie

For Jews, emotions run deep on the Holocaust, which is burned into our consciousness. But we must not let these emotions be exploited. Read more »

The Jerusalem Post Blog: The Dangerous Misconceptions of Rabbi Amar by Eric H. Yoffie

Rabbi Shlomo Amar, the Sephardic chief rabbi of Israel, has no understanding of American politics, and his misconceptions are dangerous to the well-being of the State of Israel. Read more »

The Jewish Week: Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Do Anything at All in the Senate

The Reform Movement, which has been a leading supporter of gay rights, reacted angrily. "This action is troubling on at least three levels," said Mark Pelavin, associate director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. Read more »

Minneapolis Star Tribune: The Mosque Debate Through a Visitor's Eyes

As an American Jew, I feel particularly strongly about this case. Jews know all too well the ugly face of bigotry. Read more »

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: Distant Origins

Cattapan represents a first himself: He's the city's first openly gay rabbi. Read more »



Jewish World News

Israeli Jews back non-Orthodox conversions, poll finds

Nearly two-thirds of Israeli Jews believe that non-Orthodox converts to Judaism should be considered Jewish, a new Israeli government survey reveals. Read more »

Marchers protest Mea Shearim's gender separation

Protesters marched in Mea Shearim a day after Israel's Supreme Court ruled that men and women cannot be segregated on its main street. Read more »

J Street leaders meet officials in Washington

A J Street delegation met with Obama administration officials and Congress members. Read more »

87 senators urge continuation of peace talks

Eighty-seven U.S. senators signed a letter urging President Obama to keep the Israelis and Palestinians at the negotiating table. Read more »

Pitching peace as well as Israel

The Israel Project has been reaching out aggressively of late to the Palestinians. Insiders says it's a signal of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s seriousness in his direct talks with Palestinian leaders. Read more »

Week for mockeries at the United Nations

During last week’s gathering of world leaders for the annual opening of the United Nations General Assembly, some of the proceedings inside were nearly as farcical as the proceedings outside. Read more »

Irish peace activist refused entry to Israel

An Irish Nobel laureate was refused entry to Israel because of her involvement in a Gaza-bound flotilla. Read more »


Union News

SAVE THE DATE to Help Shape the Future of the Reform Movement!

The URJ, CCAR and HUC-JIR are convening a Think Tank to address important issues facing the future of the Reform Movement. Don't miss your chance to be a part of this critical conversation: save the date for Nov. 21 at 4 pm (PT); 7 pm (ET) to participate in a "watching party" and public forum. Stay tuned for more information.

Register now for North
American Forums

The North American Forums are three-day intensive conferences full of learning and networking opportunities. Discuss congregational membership, social action and lifelong Jewish learning in Chicago, Nov. 5-7. Focus on adult learning, early engagement and Hebrew education in Atlanta, Nov 19-21. Read more »

MP3 Downloads of the Best Songs That Celebrate Social Justice

URJ Books and Music offers MP3 digital downloads of Tzedek Tirdof, The Social Action Songbook. Download well-loved favorites for $.99 per track or just $10.95 for the entire album. Read more »

Win a copy of Tzedek Tirdof! See the Religious Action Center's 50th anniversary website for details.

Apply Now for the Fain Social Action Awards: Deadline Dec. 10, 2010

If your community created an outstanding, innovative and replicable social action project, we want to hear about it! Read more »

Enter the URJ Techies Contest

The URJ Techies contest recognizes member congregations that are successfully using social networks and technology to engage members online. Submissions are due by Nov. 15. Read more »

Register Now for
NFTY 2011 Convention in Dallas

Connect with hundreds of teens at NFTY Convention to experience ruach-filled song sessions, cutting-edge tefillah, and make new friends from across North America. 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 »

Visit the Webinar Archives

Visit the online webinar archive to see and view past webinars on a variety of topics. Read more »


From the RJ.org Blog

Galilee Diary: Power

"The conflict between modern states and pre-modern indigenous or nomadic peoples is not exactly unique to Israel... However, perhaps it is more acute here because the Bedouins are, after all, Arabs, and we have a fraught relationship with Arabs in general." Read more »

It's Not Easy Being Green.... Or is it?

Several Reform synagogues are becoming environmentally sustainable AND reaping community-building as well as long-term economic benefits in the process. Read more »

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