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From JTS Chancellor Eisen: Jews and Others, Continued

Dear JTS Family,How can Jews preserve Jewish distinctiveness and yet join with others in partnership and dialogue?This week I continue my discussion about the need to maintain a balance between "particular" and "universal." Read my latest essay, "Jews and Others, Continued," and let me know what you think.

You can also review the responses to my essay by Catharine Clark, Rabbi Menachem Creditor, and Eric Woodward.

Visit the "Conservative Judaism: A Community Conversation" blog—and follow me on Twitter @Arnold Eisen (twitter.com/ArnoldEisen) as well.Sincerely,Arnold M. Eisen
Chancellor
The Jewish Theological Seminary


September 10th, During Shabbat Services at Netivot Shalom Special Guest Drasha by Ruth Messinger,  President of American Jewish World Service "Justice, Justice You Shall Pursue: A Jewish imperative for famine and hunger relief" Over the past several decades, there has been a sea change in Jewish engagement—a reimagining of what it means to be a Jew and a citizen of our planet. Whether youth leaders or active adults, Jewish voices have joined a chorus of empowered people around the world saying "no" to injustice. As hunger relief and famine now make the front page every day, it is our responsibility as Jews to do something.  Join AJWS President Ruth Messinger for a dynamic presentation about AJWS's role in famine relief, food justice and the upcoming national Global Hunger Shabbat. Learn more about how you can be a part of it all.
Ruth W. Messinger As president of American Jewish World Service (also known as "AJWS") since 1998, Ruth Messinger has built a stron…

Mighty Comfort

Mighty Comfort
(C) Rabbi Menachem CreditorCelebrating the birth of Gavriel Mendel ben haRav Yonatan ve FraydaThe taste of the grape juice still on my lips,
Heart pounding, tears drying,
I remember that day.My little boy,
So small,
So fragile.Before everyone sang I was doubting myself, but their faces, their voices, their souls drew mine into a dance that, every once in a while, begins again.  Like today's tearful, soulful dance.

When I brought my son into the covenant,
I was awash with the cosmos. 
Like today.When we touch,
through experience,
the grandeur of God,
we swim and dance and cry and sing.We can be comforted in this way by God.
Today.
Right now.------
Rabbi Menachem Creditor
netivotshalom.org ::  menachemcreditor.orgThis email was sent from my phone.  Please forgive any typos.

TRY/USYHigh this year or next

Having trouble viewing this email? Click here August 29, 2011Av29,5771Dear chaverim,The summer is over and now is the time for your constituents to think about TRY/USY High. A representative from Tichon Ramah Yerushalayim (TRY/USYHigh) visited most of the Ramah camps and USY encampments this summer and spoke about our program. There was great enthusiasm for the idea of attending TRYUSYHigh for part of 10th, 11th or 12th grade. TRY 2012 runs from January 29 - June 4, 2012 and USYHigh runs from January 29 - March 23, 2012. Here are some quick reasons for you to consider this amazing opportunity for your constituents:College - TRY/USYHigh is great for getting into college - our alumni attend many of the top universities and all use this experience as a springboard to making themselves stand out in their college applications.Growth - TRY is a four-month and USYHigh is a two-month maturing process. Our alumni return much better prepared for the riggers of academic life and personal respons…

Jewish Ideas Daily: "Who Speaks for Israeli Arabs?"

August 24, 2011 Who Speaks for Israeli Arabs? By Elliot Jagerhttp://www.jewishideasdaily.com/content/module/2011/8/24/main-feature/1/who-speaks-for-israeli-arabs Historians writing about Israel's 1948 fight for independence generally place heavy responsibility for the Palestinian Arab refugee problem on the Arab leaders who urged their people to flee Palestine temporarily until the Zionists were driven into the sea. But not all historians: in the late 1980's, a revisionist school of scholars, benefiting from fresh access to Israeli archival material and politicized by their opposition to Israeli settlement policies, advanced the thesis that blame for the refugees' flight was shared heavily by the country's founders.  In their self-criticism and often ostentatious soul-searching, these "New Historians" exemplified what seems to be an immutable characteristic of the Jewish psyche.Charging Israel With Original SinShabtai Teveth,  Commentary.  What is one to make…

News from CNS Adult Education

Having trouble viewing this email? Click here adult edThe Adult Ed NewsletterCongregation Netivot ShalomHa-MahberetAugust-September, 2011 - Av Elul, 5771
Shalom!Welcome to the first edition of Ha-Mahberet*- TheNotebook - the occasional newsletter of the Adult Ed Committee.Ha-Mahberet will keep you posted about the many adult educational programs at Netivot Shalom.We are sending our occasional newsletter to people who have expressed an interest in adult directed educational and enrichment programs at our synagogue.The Adult Ed Committee is currently planning classes, book reviews, stimulating lectures, workshops and films that we believe you will find interesting.In Ha-Mahberet we will announce new programs, classes, and workshops, and updates on times and places.In addition we will send you links and descriptions of other programs in our community that might be of interest to you..Please forward these newsletters on to your friends and ask them to send an email to cnsadulted@netivotsha…
This Sunday has been named "Gilad Shalit Day" in the city of San Francisco by Mayor Edwin M. Lee. It is Gilad's 25th Birthday. It has been over 5 years since his family has seen him. For more information, click here: http://www.meetgilad.com.


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Rabbi Menachem Creditor
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Celebrate Rosh Chodesh Elul with Netivot Shalom this Wednesday, August 31st at 7:15am!

Celebrate Rosh Chodesh Elul with Netivot Shalom this Wednesday, August 31st at 7:15am!  This is our first opportunity to hear the shofar being blown for this Season of Repentance.  The shofar is blown following Shacharit each weekday until the day before Rosh Hashanah.

"Yellow Pages" Poster For Sale!

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Decorate your Sukkah—or Synagogue or Classroom Wall Masorti's creative "Yellow Pages" poster/ad campaign cataloguing the livelihoods of Talmudic sages caught the attention of Jerusalemites and the Israeli press as public attention in Israel focused on government stipends for full-time yeshiva students. Now available as a poster in English through Haggadahs-R-Us, (shown below) it is a terrific conversation-starter for classrooms, in your sukkah or just about anywhere you gather with friends and family. 50% of the profits from the poster sales will go to support the Masorti movement in Israel. $11.95 for 18"x 23.5" full-color laminated poster $8.95 each for 2 or more copies; bulk rates available. Shipping additional: $3.41 for 1 or 2 copies, via USPS Media Mail. To order, call 877-308-4175 or visit the merchant's website at: http://www.haggadahsrus.com/Posters.html To learn more, please…

Justice, Justice You Shall Pursue: with Ruth Messinger in the Bay Area!

Over the past several decades, there has been a sea change in Jewish engagement—a reimagining of what it means to be a Jew and a citizen of our planet. Whether youth leaders or active adults, Jewish voices have joined a chorus of empowered people around the world saying "no" to injustice. As hunger relief and famine now make the front page every day, it is our responsibility as Jews to do something. Join AJWS President Ruth Messinger for a dynamic discussion about AJWS's role in famine relief, food justice and the upcoming national Global Hunger Shabbat. Learn more about how you can be a part of it all.

 Fall 2011 Community Events
 All are welcome and encouraged to attend Congregation Rodef Sholom
San Rafael, CA
Shabbat Services
Friday, September 9
6:15 p.m.Congregation Netivot Shalom
Berkeley, CA
Shabbat Morning Services
Saturday, September 10
9:30 a.m.Congregation Beth Sholom
San Francisco, CA
Ernest M. Weitz Breakfast Club
Sunday, September 11
9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
 For further in…
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Opening the Dor
Monday, September 19
5:30 p.m. - Appetizers | 6:15 p.m. - Program
9:15 p.m. - Free dessert and cocktails reception


David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way, Berkeley
1 block from Downtown Berkeley BART StationClick here for directions.Help imagine the vibrant Jewish East Bay of tomorrow! Please join us for this free exciting program that will offer breakout group discussions of:Arts & CultureSocial JusticeSpiritualityLGBTTechnology/Social MediaLeadership DevelopmentPhilanthropyEnvironmentand OthersSpace is limited please register at:
eastbayjews.org/dorEach breakout group will be facilitated by representatives of organizations from the Jewish community and will engage the next generation for a shared discussion toward a vibrant East Bay Jewish community. This event is intended for those in the East Bay Jewish community between the ages of 21-45. Featuring welcoming remarks from:
Amy Tobin, Executi…