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Hanukkah may seem far off – but it isn’t too early for your congregation, sisterhood, or brotherhood to start planning a Hanukkah fundraiser.

A Hanukkah bazaar is a great fundraiser; it also gets your congregants thinking about their Hanukkah shopping and can give an early boost to your congregation’s Judaica shop holiday sales figures (if you have one). Lastly, it’s a wonderful opportunity to involve your temple family. Use a Hanukkah bazaar as your kickoff to the holiday!

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After the first day of religious school classes at Monmouth Reform Temple this year, I sat with key lay leaders to recap the day. As we spoke, we noticed three teachers in their mid-20s gathered around a table, talking and laughing as they did their own recap of the first day of school. Watching them filled me with immense pride. We had originally planned to hire two teachers for our Mitzvah Academy program: one for 7th grade and one for 8-9th grades, but...

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An Israeli firefighter watches a blaze from afar

For the last week, Israel has been ravaged by fires that destroyed tens of thousands of homes. The extent of the damage is still unclear, but since last Tuesday, 110 different fires have been identified in what is considered to be the worst fire crisis in Israel’s history. In Haifa, the largest city affected, more than 1,000 homes were destroyed and more than 60,000 people were displaced.

Officials believe that many of the fires may have been caused by arsonists. Complicating the matter is the dry weather in Israel, which allowed the fires to spread rapidly and far. Jordan, Greece...

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Greg Kellner, director at URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy in Byfield, MA, is the recipient of the 2016 Covenant Foundation Pomegranate Prize, which recognizes rising leaders in the field of Jewish education for their leadership, willingness to take risks, and tremendous promise.

Part of the URJ Camps and NFTY family for more than 20 years, Greg was the senior assistant director of URJ Crane Lake Camp and assistant director of...

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Contact: Lauren Theodore at 212-650-4154

New York, NY; November 24, 2016 – Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), issued the following statement in response to personal ...

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