Jewish College Students from Across North America Converge in Gainesville, FL

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Jewish College Students from Across North America Converge in Gainesville, FL

KESHER Convention brings students together for Reform Judaism on Campus seminar

October 17, 2006 - NEW YORK - This is not your typical college get-away in Florida. With Reform Jewish campus representatives flying in from across North
America, the KESHER Convention promises to be a weekend of education, advocacy and spirituality in Sunshine State.

The Union for Reform Judaism's KESHER College Department will lead this three-day convention at the University of Florida, Gainesville on October 27-29.
Professors and students will learn together in workshops designed to create vibrant Reform Jewish campus communities.

"We place the necessary tools in the hands of participants and hope to inspire their use as these students return to their home campuses," said Lisa David,
director of the KESHER College Department. "These tools build community for next generation of Reform Jews on campus."

KESHER Convention participants will take part in lectures as well as engaging in hands-on workshops regarding progressive Israel advocacy, prayer
leadership and interfaith dialogue. Yavilah McCoy, director and founder of Ayecha Resource Organization that supports, strengthens and advocates for Jews
of Color and multi-racial families in the United States, will deliver the key note address.

KESHER, Hebrew for "connection" serves Reform Jews and supports Reform chavurot (groups) on campuses through partnerships with all Union congregations,
Hillel: the Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, and other campus organizations. KESHER also consults with Reform congregations and summer camps, as well as
campus-based Hillel professionals to help them meet the needs of Reform college students.

Published: 10/16/2006

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