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An Urgent & Time-Sensitive Message: "It's Time to Educate Federations About Religious Pluralism in Israel"

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Dear RA Colleague, In early November, the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America ("JFNA") is taking place in New Orleans. Regrettably, its diverse agenda does NOT place any priority on "religious pluralism in Israel." This is despite the sending of 60,000 emails to Prime Minister Netanyahu protesting the proposed Rotem Bill; the arrest of women holding Sifre Torah at the Kotel; and the outrageous statements by "Chief Rabbis" against non-Orthodox Jews, against non-Jews in general and against Arabs in particular. Why is religious pluralism being omitted from discussion? We are told that JFNA is not persuaded that this issue is a priority either to major donors or to the grassroots of American Conservative Jews. In short, they do not think that our rabbis and lay leaders truly …

This Shabbat! "Davening Lab" led by Hannah Dressner

CNS "Davening Lab" led by Hannah DressnerFour 90 minute sessions, every other ShabbatOct. 30, Nov. 13, 10:30 - 12:00                  This "davening lab" is meant to hold a container for experimentation with the Shabbat morning davening, for the purpose of further vitalizing our personal experiences of  prayer.  We hope that skills and insights gained in this smaller context will, ultimately, enhance the larger Netivot shabbat morning service. To keep us in sync with the main service, the Slim Shalom siddur (and a transliterated siddur) will be used as a basis for this investigation, augmented by other sources.  Modes and enhancements of prayer to be explored will include: becoming comfortable with traditional nusach and its riffs, the usefulness of chant, the place for silence, davening in translation, and creation of privacy within one's tallit, and, of course, some new melodies.
Each session will take the form of an abbreviated service, with study of at least…

MSNBC.com: "Suspicious devices on cargo jets trigger terror alert" White House cites possible threat; Chicago synagogue, Jewish center were intended recipients, source says

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MSNBC.com: "Suspicious devices on cargo jets trigger terror alert"
White House cites possible threat; Chicago synagogue, Jewish center were intended recipients, source sayshttp://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39911024/ns/us_news-airliner_security/#
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