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October 22, 2010

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Friday, October 22, 2010
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Torah scribes Linda Coppleson, Rabbi Chana Klebansky and Rachel Reichhardt, l-r, discuss the placement of text on a panel before it is sewn onto the rest of the scroll, Oct. 13, 2010 in Seattle. (Joel Magalnick)

Female scribes finish writing Torah scroll

By Sue Fishkoff

A Torah scroll written collaboratively by six women was completed in Seattle, marking a first for a group of female scribes, or sofrot. Read more »

Reform Movement in the News

Huffington Post: The Religious Mandate Not To Abandon The Gulf

Faith communities in the Gulf and around the nation have provided resources for direct relief and coordinated national solidarity events and advocacy efforts. Read more »

Jewlicious: ilearn

Rabbi Melissa Buyer, Director of the Religious School at Stephen S. Wise Temple, in partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism, has devised an incredible program to bring religious school into the 21st century. Read more »

Westside Today: University Synagogue Undergoes Renovations

As a way to honor its deepest traditions, the University Synagogue, a Reform temple in Brentwood, has modernized its building. Read more »

The Journal News: Spring Valley Temple opens Shabbat to others

Observing Shabbat is nothing out of the ordinary for the congregants of Temple Beth El. Friday's Shabbat, however, isn't strictly designed for the temple's Jews. Read more »

Jewish World News

Unifying factor in 2010 election: Never before
Talk to veteran campaign watchers about this year’s congressional races, and within seconds they will tell you that they've never before seen elections quite like these. Read more »

Where the Jews rank on the Philanthropy 400
These are the Jewish organizations that made it to the Chronicle of Philanthropy's 400, with their ranking, fund-raising totals and percentage decline or rise. Read more »

Trick or treat: Seeking a sign from Houdini

With the anniversary nearing of Harry Houdini's death on Halloween 1926, a New York exhibit joins an annual seance and a graveside ceremony in remembering the daring Jewish escape artist. Read more »

Despite pressure, Pete Seeger won’t cancel participation in Israeli-organized peace rally

Folk icon Pete Seeger is resisting calls to boycott an online, Israeli-organized peace rally scheduled for Nov. 14. Read more »

Miliband's positions on Israel concern UK Jews

British Jews are concerned about where Labor's new leader, Ed Miliband, will take the party on Israel policy. Read more »

From RJ.org Blog

A Rabbi's Journey to Rome — Building Bridges of Hope: Success Stories and Strategies for Interfaith Action

Rabbi Warren Stone reports back from an inspirational meeting of world faiths, where the vision was to turn interreligious dialogue into interreligious action. Read more »

Rabbi Billy Dreskin: God and the Big Bump

"Scientifically, an afterlife never made sense to me, and I was more than okay disappearing into the earth upon my physical demise. What I hadn't counted on was someone dying whose life was more precious to me than my own, turning my comfortable theology on its head." Read more »

To Be a Jew in High School

Our teen blogger, Austin Zoot, reflects on the challenges and rewards of honing his Jewish identity. Read more »

Union News

Have a Voice in the Future of
Reform Judaism

The URJ, CCAR and HUC-JIR are convening a Think Tank to address important issues facing the future of Reform Judaism and they need your input! Save the date of Nov. 21 at 4 pm PT / 7 pm ET to participate in an online public forum. Register now to be a part of this critical conversation. Read more »

Register Now for Three Days of Learning and Networking at the North American Forums

Focus on congregational membership, social action, mergers, lifelong Jewish learning, and Torah study in Chicago, Nov. 5-7. Discuss adult learning, early engagement, Hebrew education and small remote congregations in Atlanta, Nov. 19-21. Read more »

Get Out the Vote!

On Nov. 2, U.S. voters will head to the polls. Visit the RAC Voting Information Center for resources to help you galvanize your congregation, "dos and don'ts" on pulpit politics and nonprofit election rules.
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 »

Program Directors of Reform Judaism (PDRJ) Annual Conference: Building Communities Within

This conference will feature keynote speaker Rabbi Richie Address. Nov. 8-10 in Dallas. Read more »

Don't Miss These Upcoming Webinars

Nov. 3 - Sustaining the Light: Chanukah & Facility Energy Use
Nov. 9 - 20s and 30s 101: An Introduction to 20s and 30s Outreach and Programming
Nov. 10 - A Tour of Our Union Youth Programs
Nov. 11 - Defining the Role of the Non-Jew in Your Congregation
Read more »


Don't forget to visit the webinar archive.

A Must-Attend for All Membership Volunteers and Professionals

Find out how your community can boost membership, create a welcoming atmosphere, reach the unaffiliated, and understand affiliation issues at the Schindler Fellows Program for Membership Certification in Cleveland this spring. Take home an action plan tailored for YOUR congregation! Read more »

Holiday Happenings Guide for Halloween

Download this guide to make Halloween a conscious decision for your family or students. Read more »

Chanukah Gift Idea #3: The Complete Chanukah Songbook

Chanukah is Dec. 1, so start thinking about your gifts now! URJ Books &Music has eight great gift ideas, one for each night.

Gift Idea #3:
The Complete
Chanukah Songbook

This unique collection includes all the Chanukah standards and new pieces from today's most popular Jewish songwriters. Read more »

Going to D.C. next week for the rallies? Join the RAC's After Party to Restore Tzedek!

Whether you spend the day Restoring Sanity or Keeping Fear Alive, continue the festivities with the Religious Action Center. Read more »

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