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Bean of Affliction: Chocolate, Child Labor and Choosing Fair Trade

Bean of Affliction: Chocolate, Child Labor and Choosing Fair Trade On Passover, we remember the Israelites' liberation from slavery. Join Fair Trade Judaica and local congregations and Jewish organizations at two local events for an exploration of chocolate's sweet and bitter sides, and learn how you can support fair conditions for the people who grow and harvest the cocoa you eat. Tuesday, April 5
JCC of the East Bay
1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley
$6 JCC members and seniors/ $8 non-members
RSVP: by Sunday, April 3
Co-sponsored by JCC of the East Bay, Congregation Beth El, Congregation Netivot Shalom, Divine Chocolate, Global Exchange, Hazon, Kehilla Community Synagogue, PJA, Pursue: Action for a Just World (a project of AJWS and Avodah), Temple Beth Hillel, and Temple Sinai.

Rabbi Menachem Creditor
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This Shabbat afternoon at Kol Shofar - Yizhar Hess, CEO of the Masorti Movement in Israel!!

Bay Area Masorti is proud and honored to invite you to a conversation with
Yizhar Hess, CEO of the Masorti Movement in Israel
at Congregation Kol Shofar in Tiburon

as part of the first annualBay Area Masorti Weekend
Saturday, April 2nd, Shabbat Services and following, Congregation Kol Shofar in Tiburon, Yizhar Hess will speak on "Authentic Zionism as a Masorti Mandate."
About Yizhar Hess:A lawyer by training, Yizhar has led Masorti movement since 2007. He has been an articulate advocate for the equal participation of Jews of every denomination in the affairs of the State, including national service, and for increasing support to non-Orthodox streams, which currently receive far less than 1 percent of the budget allocated to religious institutions. (Orthodox institutions receive $450 million a year; Masorti and Reform combined, a mere $100,000 annually.) Yizhar helped galvanize the movement in the well supported campaign against the Rotem Conversion Bill, pending Knesset legislat…

News from Masorti Olami

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In This IssuePesach ProjectsNew Shlichot to MelbourneIn The PressDates for June 2011Purim Around the worldPesach 5771 
Pesach is fast approaching, and we want to share news of two exciting projects with you.

KOL DICHFIN - operated by Project Reconnect, an initiative of the United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism, Kol Dichfin helps individuals and groups find a Pesach Seder near them. For many reasons, people can find themselves away from home, or with nowhere to go to enjoy a Seder experience. The Kol Dichfin project helps match these people to communal or private Seders who will welcome them to a traditional and warm Seder experience. If you or someone you know is looking for a Seder in North America, South America, Europe or Israel, go to to find out more.

MERCAZ Olami and Masorti Olami will be publishing a useful and concise educational tool that will allow every Conservative/ M…