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March 30, 2012

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Rabbi Rick Jacobs (Photo: Ben Fink Shapiro)

Op-Ed: Synagogues must reach
out to 'the uninspired'

By Rick Jacobs

Wherever young Jews are, whether they are called "unaffiliated" or "uninspired," synagogues must find them and inspire them, writes the president of the Union for Reform Judaism. Read more »

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Passover begins at sundown on April 6.
Are you ready?

Seder plate
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JTA: New Haggadahs: Reform version, novelists' take and Ethiopian flavor

Entries in the annual stream of new Haggadahs this year include a Reform version with an iPad application. Read more »

JBI Haggadot for the Visually Impaired

Free, large print Haggadot are available through JBI International. Call today to get copies for your seder. Read more »

matzah balls

Show Us Your
Matzah Balls!

Share your holiday stories, recipes and photos for inclusion in a special album on the URJ Facebook page. Read more »

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JTA: Seder can be splendid
the second time around

Is it necessary to conduct a repeat performance of the first seder night? Here are some ways to spice up the encore. Read more »

Twin Cities: The Child Who Does Not Know

Sharon Rosenberg-Scholl, an Early Childhood Jewish Educator, and her wife create a special seder for a special boy. Read more »

Engaging Kids and Adults at the Seder

This 15-page booklet contains activities, discussion prompts, recipes and more to help prepare your family for Passover and the seder. Read more »

Holidays: A Multilingual Passover

Have lots of fun at your seder by reciting the first of the Four Questions in 20 languages from Canaanite to Klingon! Read more »


URJ Books and Music: Passover Linzer Tort Recipe

From Tina Wasserman's Entree to Judaism: Jews were the first to use ground nuts in place of some or all of the flour to make their tortes, especially for Pesach when flour was prohibited. Read more »

Entree to Judaism

See also: Cooking: The Iconic Jewish Fish Dish

URJ Books and Music:
Seder Songs Digital Download

Seder Songs

Seder Songs features 22 traditional and new songs for the seder on two CDs--one with complete recordings of each tune with vocals, and another with each song in sing-along style for your seder. Read more »


Gaza, Migron and the Zionist Dream

Rabbi Eric Yoffie writes: It's time to fight for the Zionist dream. And it's time to give some thought to what that dream is--and what it's not. Read more »

To Heaven or Not to Heaven:
That is the Question

Erin Boxt delves into the controversy of whether or not Jews believe in an afterlife. Read more »


After Toulouse attack, French Jews are reconsidering Sarkozy

With the first round of France's presidential election less than four weeks away, the attacks that left four Jews and three French soldiers dead are reshaping the race -- but it's not clear exactly how. Read more »

Increasing number of Israeli entrepreneurs focusing on social justice

Capitalism in pursuit of social justice: The notion is becoming more common in Israel as a new generation of entrepreneurs and innovators in the fields of high-tech, industry and real estate is delving into philanthropy. Read more »

Translating U.S. pro-Israel advocacy for Jewish communities abroad -- and taking care about context

U.S. pro-Israel groups are reaching out to Jewish communities abroad to help them upgrade their Israel advocacy efforts. Read more »

Early Childhood Education

Spotlight: Early Childhood Education

This month, the URJ highlights Early Childhood Education resources and the Movement's efforts to help congregations reach today's families with young children. Read more »

Opening Our Doors Wide to Families with Young Children

Learn how Westchester Reform Temple engages families early to guarantee a long-term commitment to their congregation and the Jewish people. Read more »

Market Analysis Guidelines for Congregational Child Care Center

Is your congregation exploring new ways to meet the needs of today’s families with young children? If so, the Market Analysis Guidelines for Congregational Child Care Center is a must-read. Read more »

PJ Library and Early Childhood Engagement

PJ  Library works with local institutions to offers free, high-quality Jewish children's literature and music to families across North America. Read about how one congregation uses PJ Library to engage young children. Read more »

Grow a Food-Producing Garden and Grow Early Childhood Engagement

At Temple Emanuel in Dallas, TX, a garden serves as the preschool’s outdoor classroom for lessons in planting, ecology, nutrition and animal science. Read more »

Experts Address Challenges of Reaching Today's Families with Young Children

View three informative and inspiring Early Childhood Engagement presentations from the 2011 URJ Biennial including:

  • Magic Formula: Meeting the Needs of Today’s Families with Young Children
  • Great Good Place: How Your Congregation Can Become the Place That Draws People In
  • It’s not Just the Economy Impacting Your Preschool


From the Religious Action Center:

Make Sure the Teens in Your Community Benefit from a NFTY Summer Experience!


Rabbi David Saperstein wants answers from Santorum on
pastor’s speech

Rabbi David Saperstein has some important questions for Rick Santorum. Read more »

Jewish Chronicle: Reform, Conservative camp systems get grant to grow specialty staff training

In their first-ever programmatic partnership, Ramah and URJ Camps will be engaging in a joint initiative to develop training opportunities for specialty staff prior to the 2012 summer camp season. Read more »

Jerusalem Post: High Court: State must explain lack of haredi testing

Following a petition filed by the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism in 2010, the High Court previously issued a conditional order to advance the issue of standardized testing in the haredi education system. Read more »

Sun Sentinel: Israel's First Female Rabbi Visits South Florida

Rabbi Kinneret Shiryon established the Kehillat Yozma Reform congregation in 1997 and said she still battles perceptions in Israel about Reform or "Progressive" Judaism. Read more »

Philadelphia Inquirer: The Bat Mitzvah Turns 90, and Religious Equality for Women is Still Growing

It may be this early accomplishment that has catapulted so many women into putting their own imprint on Judaism. The most obvious: the emergence of women rabbis, which began when Sally Priesand was ordained by the Reform HUC-JIR in 1972. Read more »

Jewish Exponent: Conference Helps Open Up Community to Special Needs

Jewish communal agencies will come together to help make area synagogues, schools, camps and other community organizations fully accessible to persons with special needs. Read more »

New York Times: Playing in Israel,
Biding His Time

Before Chinese-Americans had Jeremy Lin, Jews had Reform Jew Jon Scheyer. Nicknamed the Jewish Jordan, Scheyer personified the hoop dreams of a people with few basketball role models. Read more »

The Jewish Week: The Smile Experiment

Rabbi Marci Bellows offers free smiles to her congregants and watches how it changes her community. Read more »

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