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August 17, 2012

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Looking for a Jewish Education? There's an App for That

By Josh Lipowsky, The Times
of Israel

Organizations across the spectrum are utilizing mobile and digital technologies to reach new people across multiple platforms. Read More »


Card Swipes in Church Make Giving Easier (The New York Times)

Hillel’s New Plan: Programming For and By Students Not So Involved in Hillel (JTA)

New Reform Wedding Edition Confronts
Same-Sex Ceremonies

Birmingham-area Religions Reach out to Sikhs After Wisconsin Shooting (The Birmingham News)

Reform Leader Seeks to Go Beyond Denominations (The Algemeiner)

Rabbi Eric Yoffie: Waiting for the National
Religious Camp
(The Jerusalem Post)

Michigan Reform Jewish Clergy Urge Senator Levin to Support Anti-Bullying Bill (RAC)

Shooting at Family Research Council Reflects Trend of Violence that Threatens All (RAC)

Fall '12 Issue of Reform Judaism
Online Now

Tel Aviv

Preparing for the New You

Theodore Bikel and other thinkers reflect on Jewish teachings that inspired them to take account of their souls, how they took stock of their actions, and the life experiences that prompted them to seek change.


The Stories That Statistics Can't Tell: How leadership at URJ's Camp Swig helped one young woman grieve for her father.

Next Generation Instills a Lot of Hope
(Jewish Herald-Voice)


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
Nov 17: WUPJ 2012 International Humanitarian Awards Dinner in New York, NY
Nov 18: Global Day of Jewish Learning


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.

This Week's Commentary

D'var Torah, Reih, Rosh Chodesh Elul

Got Shabbat: R'eih

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


Learn Shabbat blessings and prayers
with audio and text:

Discussions & Ideas

The Promise of Shabbat

A Facebook Shabbat

New to Jewish Prayer? Ten
Tips for Beginners

Shabbat Essentials: A Checkbook
and a Papier-Maché Cup

The Reform Movement at Its Best: Celebrating Shabbat at Camp
See also: Spotlight on Camp Shabbat

Broken FragmentsURJ Books and Music:

Shabbat Shalom!

In simple, rhyming language, Shabbat Shalom! teaches toddlers about the meaning of Shabbat and how to recite Shabbat blessings. Receive 10% off the book at checkout by using Coupon Code: SHSH.


High Holy Days are Around the Corner

Find resources to help your congregation prepare for the High Holy Days.

High Holy Day Ads for Your Congregation

Find camera-ready ads for your congregation’s online bulletin or website.

High Holy Day Security Reminder

When preparing for the High Holy Days, it's important to concentrate on synagogue security. Visit this archive of resources to support your security planning.

Put Your Congregation on the Map

Birthright Israel Next has a map of synagogues offering free or reduced-priced high holiday tickets for young adults. Make sure your congregation is on the map!


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