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August 10, 2012

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A candlelight vigil for the victims of the shooting at the Sikh
temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. (Courtesy of Overpass Light Brigade)

In Wisconsin, Jews Seek
Ways to Help Sikhs After
Milwaukee Shooting

JTA – After Sunday's shooting at a Sikh temple, Milwaukee-area Jews immediately are moved to help.
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See also:

  • Reform Movement Mourns Sikh Tragedy (RAC)

  • In Light of Sikh Shooting, Thinking About Synagogue Security (RJ Blog)

  • A Community Mourns - and Lives (RJ Blog)

  • The Sikhs Next Door (RJ Blog)

  • URJ Synagogue Security Resource Page


    Rabbi Eric Yoffie: Israel is Losing the Battle for Public Opinion in America (Ha'aretz)

    Aly Raisman Shows Up IOC with a Gold Salute to Munich 11 (New York Post)
    See also: Raisman, Down Under Athletes Soar Among Jewish Olympians (JTA)

    Marvin Hamlisch, Music Legend, Dies At 68
    (New York Jewish Week)

    World Union for Progressive Judaism to
    Meet in Argentina

    Back at the ‘Beach,’ Cantor Savors
    Return to Pulpit
    (New Jersey Jewish News)


    Broken Fragments

    The Future of Reform Judaism:
    What Do YOU Think?

    Watch Rabbi Rick Jacobs' Installation videos and use the suggested questions to facilitate discussions in your congregation.

    NFTY Regional Events

    Dozens of weekend events across North America for high school students: Shabbat experiences, Jewish education and socializing with other teens. Registration for events throughout the 2012-13 school year is now open.

    Aug 22: Mitkadem Digital 101: A Webinar Demo

    Aug 24-26: Nashir: NFTY Songleading Institute
    for Teens in Warwick, NY

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

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

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



    Throughout August, the URJ will feature stories and resources about Shabbat. Share your personal experiences as well as your congregational Shabbat program successes on the RJ blog.

    A Shabbat Prayer for Joplin Mosque
    and Sikh Temple

    During services this Shabbat, we encourage all URJ congregations to remember those killed in last weekend’s shootings at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, as well as for the Muslim community in Joplin, MO, which was recently the victim of an act of arson against a local mosque.

    This Week's Commentary

    D'var Torah, Eikev, A Stiff-Necked People

    Got Shabbat: Eikev

    Activities and ideas to help parents and young children celebrate Shabbat together.

    Discussions & Ideas

    Streaming Services: Bringing Jews Together Across the Divide

    12 Ideas for Shabbat With Your Teens

    The Magic of a Camp Shabbat

    Shabbat in NFTY: The Kutz Experience

    Shomer Shabbos Dos and Don’ts: A Quick Guide for Reform Jews

    How to Build Community on Shabbat: Ideas from Reform Congregations

    The Sabbath: An Island of Stillness

    Broken FragmentsURJ Books
    and Music:

    Shabbat Anthology Collection

    This popular series features new compositions by favorite artists and composers and new settings of liturgical classics that will be a welcome addition to your Jewish music collection. Save over 50% when you buy the entire 6 volume collection!


    High Holy Days are Around the Corner

    Summertime is when congregations begin their preparations for the High Holy Days, with S'lichot services beginning this September 8th. Find resources to help your congregation.

    See Also:

  • High Holy Day Program Ideas

  • High Holy Day E-Cards: Contact the Knowledge Network to find out how to send to your congregants!

  • Social Action Holiday Guides

    Rosh Hashanah: The New Year
    of Social Justice

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