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Smoke rising from the Sarafovo Airport in Burgas, Bulgaria, after a terror attack on an Israeli tour bus, July 18, 2012. (Burgasinfo)

7 Reported Dead in Explosion on Bus Carrying Israelis in Bulgaria

At least seven passengers reportedly were killed in an explosion on a bus carrying Israeli tourists in Bulgaria in what is being described as a terrorist attack. (JTA) Read More »

See also:

  • Reform Movement Mourns the Loss of Terror Victims in Bulgaria

  • Planes with Wounded Return to Israel; Peres: ‘Israel Will Act Against Terror’ (JTA)

  • White House Statement on Bulgarian Terror Attack

    REFORM MOVEMENT AND
    JEWISH WORLD NEWS

    U.S. Jewish Leaders Express Concerns Over Levy Report (JTA)

    Replica of Western Wall Planned in Kansas
    (Jewish Daily Forward)

    Peace Talks Must Resume, Clinton Says in Israel Visit (The New York Times)

    Reform Rabbi Rejects Members' of Congress Dangerous Witch Hunt (RAC)

    America’s Jewish Olympians Head to London with Jewish Pride (JTA)

    Jewish Groups Express Solidarity with Buenos Aires Jewish Center (JTA)

    Join Us: Tell Congress to Support
    America’s Anti-Hunger Programs
    (RAC)

    Hungarian Police Arrest Most Wanted
    Nazi War Crime Suspect
    (JTA)

    Double Chai In the Chi: Chicago's 36 under 36 list
    Mazel Tov to Beth Avner, NFTY's Director of Education and Special Projects, and Rabbi Eric Moffic, Congregation Solel, for being named to OY!Chicago's 36 under 36 list.

    UPCOMING HOLIDAYS

    Tishah B'Av begins at sundown on July 28th. Tisha B'Av, which means the "Ninth of Av", refers to a traditional day of mourning the destruction of both ancient Temples in Jerusalem. Learn More »

    Tisha B’Av: Reflections from a Reform Jew

    Tu B'Av begins at sundown on August 3rd.

    Tu B'Av, which occurs on the 15th of Av, is described in the Talmud as one of the two happiest days of the year. In ancient Israel, this day marked the beginning of the grape harvest. Today, it is celebrated as a day of love.

    Broken FragmentsURJ Books and Music:

    Eichah: A Modern Commentary on Lamentations

    Translation and Commentary by Leonard S. Kravitz and Kerry M. Olitzky
    From the authors of the classic commentaries on Jonah, Ruth, the Song of Songs, Ecclesiastes, Proverbs, and Pirke Avot comes this new volume on the Book of Lamentations.

    WomenThe Summer Youth Experience

    Throughout July, the URJ will be highlighting Reform Jewish summer youth experiences. Submit photos and stories of your Reform youth experience on Facebook!

    Events & Resources

    Nashir: NFTY Songleading Institute
    for Teens in Warwick, NY

    August 24-26, Cincinnati

    In The News

    A View to the Past with an Eye to the Future: The Reform Movement Celebrates 60 Years of Camping
    (eJewish Philanthropy)
    See Also: OSRUI at 60

    NFTY and BBYO Together
    for Maccabiah Games

    See Also: Tweets and Photos

    Family Matters: Where the Boys Are
    (Hadassah Magazine)

    The Punk and the Summer Funk (Tablet)

    Camp Newman Generates Jewish Joy
    (Jewish Journal)

    Interview: OSRUI Alum Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro
    (Hadassah Magazine)

    Blog Discussions

    My Meeting with Rabbi Jacobs at Kutz

    This Is What Real Engagement Looks Like

    Inspiration from My NFTY Giants

    From Reform Temples to Ancient
    Temples and Back Again

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

    Aug 9-12 in Cincinnati
    There is still space and partial scholarships available for both the Schindler Fellows Program for Interfaith Fellows and the Kallah: Adult Learning Experience.

    Aug 22: Mitkadem Digital 101:
    A Webinar Demo

    Aug 26-28: Going Beyond Memory:  A Conference on Synagogue Archiving in Cincinnati, OH

    Oct 12-14: Teen Study Weekend in Cincinnatti, OH

    Oct 14-15: ARZA Annual Meeting in Newark, NJ

    SHABBAT

    D'var Torah, Matot/Mas'ei: There Is Safety in Numbers: Reception History and Cities of Refuge

    Got Shabbat: Matot-Mas'ei
    Activities and ideas to help parents and young children celebrate Shabbat together.


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