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April 20, 2012

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Marion Achtentuch, 83, with her granddaughter, Shira Sheps, 25. (Shira Sheps)

Survivors' grandchildren feeling an obligation to share Holocaust memories

By Suzanne Kurtz

Members of the Third Generation say there is an urgency to carry on their grandparents' stories and the lessons of the Holocaust to the next generation. Read more »

Never Again Bystanders

Rabbi Rick Jacobs: When we arrive in the next world and meet the millions of Jews who died in the camps, will we be able to say, “I didn’t forget you!”? Read more »

Read more reflections about Yom HaShoah on the RJ Blog.


JTA: Omaha temple breaks ground on its tri-faith campus building

A Reform congregation in Omaha, Neb., has broken ground on a new synagogue building as part of a tri-faith campus. Read more »

New Voices: Judaism?
There's an app for that

Jewish educators across the country are making serious efforts to integrate games into their curriculum. Read more »

Catholic Register: Clergy Seek Higher Taxes - for Themselves

Rabbi Stephen Wise of Shaarei-Beth El Congregation in Oakville, Ontario, is forming Faith Leaders for Fair Taxation to provide a platform for all clergy to ask governments to increase taxes. Read more »

Chicago Tribune: North Shore Congregation Israel and B'nai Torah
Join Forces

The collaboration will provide both congregations with the ability to maintain their unique identities, existing clergy, and separate facilities while providing an enhanced educational experience. Read more »

The Jewish Week: American-Style JCC Thriving in Krakow

Four years after it opened, the Centre is playing an increasing role in fostering the post-communist renaissance of Polish Jewry. Read more »


Jewish groups rethinking vouchers, tax credits to religious schools

With fond memories of native land, Iranian Israelis worried by talk of war

Palestinian terrorists released in Shalit swap return to terror

Scion of Azrieli family goes from opera to cantor, and back

Neglect, new construction squeezing historic Serbian Jewish cemetery

With Sacks retiring, British Jews mixed on relevancy of chief rabbi



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: Read more »

See also:

From Hava Nagilla to Hip-Hop:
The Soundtrack of Israel

Israeli music has captured the changing realities and dreams of a nation. Read more »

Galilee Diary: Reflections on Daily Life in Israel

For an insider's view of Israel. Receive 10% off the book at checkout by using coupon code: YHA10. Read more »

Israel by Israelis, Part II:
My Fellow Arab Citizens

Israeli Reform Jews share stories about their struggles to coexist in peace with Arab neighbors. Read more »

Freedom Rides and Photos

Vicky Farhi experiences hostility and hope as she travels between Israel's secular and Haredi worlds. Read more »

Make Sure Teens in Your Community Get a NFTY Israel Experience!

ARZA: The Reform Israel Fund


D'Var Torah Sh'mini II:
A River Runs Through It

Rabbi Billy Dreskin reminds us not to miss the beauty of the quiet gifts that life brings our way. Read more »

Earth Day is this weekend!

Check out the RAC’s Earth Day Holiday Guide for resources for planning a meaningful Jewish celebration, and a new feature on Earth Day Shabbat. Learn 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 »

NFTY Mitzvah Day - Teens Take Action!

May 6: Get your teens involved in Mishpachah (Family): NFTY Addresses Human Divides. Read more »

RAC Disappointed by President's Employment Discrimination Decision

Rabbi Saperstein: "By making clear that discrimination based on sexual orientation is unacceptable, the government can play a transformational role." Read more »

Summer is around the corner!

Spaces are still available for campers and staff at URJ Camp and Israel programs! Read more »

Registration is now open for these popular URJ training opportunities:

Youth Engagement Program and Idea Bank

Are you wondering about creative ways to engage youth? Visit the Youth Engagement Program and Idea Bank! View programs»

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