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April 6, 2012

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Celebrate Passover!

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

Seder plate
URJ Resources

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Show Us Your Matzah Balls!

If you haven't sent us a recipe and a photo yet, now's your big chance! Send us photos of your seder table, seder plate or special traditions. Read more »

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 »

D'var Torah Yom Rishon Shel Pesach: That's My Story and I'm Sticking to It

The story of the Exodus from Egyptian slavery imprints itself on the Jewish soul, inspiring us to work to secure equity and fairness for all. Read more »

Miriam's Cup

We can use the opportunity of the seder to pay tribute to the girls and women who make such important contributions to our lives and to Judaism. Read more »

JTA: How not to feel like a matzah
ball on Passover

Healthy eating on Passover doesn't have to be an oxymoron. Read more »

JTA: Israel's army gears up for one of its biggest operations: Passover

Here's how the Israeli military sees preparing for Passover: "Getting rid of chametz is no less important than fighting with our enemy," says the rabbi of its tank school. Read more »


Newsweek: America's Top 50 Rabbis

Congratulations to the 16 Reform rabbis on this list! Read more »

See also: Social Justice and America's Top 50 Rabbis

The Jewish Week: Social Justice Still Drives Jewish Agenda, Survey Notes

"People say American Jews are overwhelmingly liberal, and now it's helpful for there to be empirical data to support a proposition that is thrown around loosely," said the URJ's Mark Pelavin. Read more »

The Forward: Patrilineal Jews Still Find Resistance

Denominations stick to traditional definition of who is Jewish. Read more »

Washington Post: Jewish Support for Obama Strong Despite Israel Stance

Despite Democratic worries that Obama could lose Jewish support over his Middle East policies, a new poll indicates that Israel is not the top political issue of American Jews. Read more »

Daily Bronxville: Westchester Temple Reaching Out to Young Families

As part of the URJ's Campaign for Youth Engagement, Westchester Reform Temple has launched a membership program targeted toward families with young children. Read more »

Huffington Post: The Magic of
Jewish Summer Camp

At the Foundation for Jewish Camp's recent Leaders Assembly, leaders of Orthodox, Conservative and Reform Movements agreed that the answer to Jewish continuity can be found at summer camp. Read more »


Spotlight: Israel

In April, the URJ highlights Israel resources to help you and your congregations strengthen your connection to the Jewish State. Read more »

Is Your Congregation Ready for Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut?

April 24-25: Find out more about these holidays, and get ideas for you and your congregation to observe and celebrate. Read more »

See also: Yom HaZikaron/Yom HaAtzmaut Holiday Happenings for Toddlers

Reform Israel Shabbat

April 27-28: Support and celebrate Israel in your community and with the rest of North America. Read more »

Teach Israel!

Great resources for teaching about Israel's history, politics, and culture. Read more »

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

From ARZA: The Reform Israel Fund

Prosecute Authors of 'King's Torah'

Several Jewish groups filed a petition urging the criminal prosecution of rabbis who penned "The King's Torah," which allegedly contains racist statements. Read more »

Galilee Diary: Blood and Fire
and Pillars of Smoke

The Jewish people don't agree on much -- especially in Israel, but on Passover they all sit down together across religious and ideological fault-lines, as family often trumps belief. Read more »

Israeli, Iranian Publics Protest
for Peace

Amid the talk of war over Iran's potential nuclear weapons program, Israelis and Iranians have tried to speak out for peace through protests and Facebook campaigns. Read more »

Congratulations Anat!

Congratulations to Anat Hoffman on her 10-year anniversary as director of the Israel Religious Action Center. Read more »

See also: An Offer I couldn't Refuse and Rebel With a Cause

Visit Reform Judaism magazine on Israel to read and share dozens of stories about the Jewish State.


The Women of Reform Judaism
Launches New Blog!

Read and discuss inspirational and provocative stories from and about Reform Jewish women. Read more »

Jewish Teens Can Be Social and Active This Summer

NFTY's Mitzvah Corps program allows teens to work hands-on in communities of need. Space is available in San Francisco, New Orleans, New Jersey and at URJ Kutz Camp. Read more »

Jewish Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Awareness Shabbat

May 4-5:Promote inclusion of those who are deaf and hard-of-hearing in Jewish life. Read more »


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