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israelnationalnews.com: "Cabinet OKs 85M Shekel Kotel Development Plan"

israelnationalnews.com: "Cabinet OKs 85M Shekel Kotel Development Plan"
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/news.aspx/140759 by Gil Ronen The Cabinet approved on Sunday a plan for the continued development of the Kotel (Western Wall) plaza and its environs, and the implementation of construction work at an investment of 85 million shekels over five years. The goal of the plan is to preserve – and improve accessibility to – archaeological findings, upgrade physical and transportation infrastructures, and hold educational activities for students and soldiers.The plan, for 2011-2015, is a direct continuation of the five-year plan that was approved by the Cabinet in 2004.  These investments have led to a major increase in the annual number of visitors to the Kotel, which according to Israel Police estimates, has grown from two million people to eight million in 2009.

The government explained in a press statement that the Kotel is the most visited site in Israel. In addition t…

Masorti Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program for Children with Special Needs Wins Coveted Award

Share This: Signage for the Shalem Foundation Excellence Prize at the awards ceremony in November.
Genia, on the bima at a Masorti kehilla, is one youngster who celebrated his bar mitzvah, thanks to the Masorti movement and its Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program for Children with Special Needs. 


Venerable Israeli Social Service Organization Awards Prize to Masorti's Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program for Children with Special Needs Masorti's Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program for Children with Special Needs has been recognized by one of Israel's foremost national social service organizations working to support and highlight the needs of individuals with disabilities. The Masorti program – unique in Israel – has won the coveted 2010 Shalem Foundation Excellence Prize, awarded each year to a project, program or staff benefiting this population. The Shalem Foundation was established in 1983 by the Center of Local Authority in collaboration with the Ministry of Welfare. In accordance with the Shalem Foundation&#…

MIDRASHA COMES TO CNS TUESDAYS THIS SPRING! & CNS KADIMA KICKOFF EVENT

MIDRASHA COMES TO CNS TUESDAYS THIS SPRING!


JEWISH CINEMA with Shalom Rosenberg, Tuesdays 6-730pm
January 11 - May 17

What does film mean to you in your life? This class will explore the "Jewish image" on screen. Each week we will watch film clips and discuss various themes (like assimilation, antisemitism, Orthodox Judaism, tradition vs. progression, struggling to fit in, etc.) and genres (comedy, horror, drama, thriller, documentary, animated films, and more). We will work together to make meaning of what we see and figure out how it applies to our lives. We will watch some films that you have probably seen and some that you have probably never heard of. Some films may be funny, sad, weird, awesome, scary, awful, and any other adjective you can think of. We will watch both classic and current movies. You should expect to have fun, to learn about yourself and your Jewish identity and to be open to participating in discussions about what we watch. Screenings will include some …

Join the "Phelps-a-thon!" - Westboro Baptist Church is heading to Brandeis University Hillel

Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) are heading to Brandeis University Hillel to picket with their anti-gay and anti-semitic message, scheduled to protest for 45 minutes, from 8:45 AM to 9:30 am, on December 3.  We are collecting donations For every minute WBC protests to benefit Keshet, the premier national organization that offers support, training, and resources to create a Jewish community that welcomes and affirms GLBT Jews.

Join the "Phelps-a-thon!"  -- http://phelps-a-thon.com/hillel.html


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JTA: "Reform looking at ways to reinvent the movement"

JTA: "Reform looking at ways to reinvent the movement"
By Sue Fishkoff · November 28, 2010
http://www.jta.org/news/article/2010/11/28/2741890/reform-think-tank-looks-to-reinvent-the-movement

SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) -- After the Reform movement broadcast online its first session devoted to reassessing itself, in mid-November, the comments poured in.

One viewer suggested that the movement create a network of schools, camps, shuls and seminaries focused on "tikkun olam," the Jewish injunction to repair the world. Another said the movement should train five times as many rabbis and cantors to provide more entryways into Judaism through music, social action and prayer.

Another wrote to express concern about the lack of civility in Jewish discourse, particularly concerning Israel. One asked how Jews could use media and technology to create community.

It is exactly the sort of grass-roots input that members of the reassessment team, called the Reform Think Tank, want as they t…

Early Bird discount ends on the 31st for the Israel trip I'm leading July 14-24, 2011! -- for more info, email Vicki at vicki@israeltour.com!

Early Bird discount ends on the 31st for the Israel trip I'm leading July 14-24, 2011! -- for more info, email Vicki at vicki@israeltour.com!
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Rabbi Reuven Hammer: "Male and Female He Created Them"

Male and Female He Created ThemRabbi Reuven HammerOn an El Al plane waiting to take off from Ben Gurion where I was seated next to a man, I was approached by an ultra-Orthodox fellow who wanted me to give him my seat in exchange for his which was next to a woman. "I can't sit next to a woman," he said to me. "It is forbidden." "If it is forbidden," I asked him, "why do you think it is all right for me to sit next to a woman? Isn't it equally forbidden to me and therefore aren't you asking me to commit a sin?" Puzzled, he went elsewhere to find the answer to his problem. I'm certain that this incident on El Al was not unique. Take offs on El Al are frequently delayed while this scramble for kosher seats takes place. Of course this is indicative of a much larger problem which now affects Israeli society and public life: the extreme position taken regarding the separation of men and women which is even more extreme than a…

haaretz.com: "Destructive 'agnosticism': Missing from JVP pronouncements are any critiques of the BDS movement’s goal of dismantling Israel."

http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/opinion/destructive-agnosticism-1.326932

Haaretz.com: Destructive 'agnosticism': Missing from JVP pronouncements are any critiques of the BDS movement's goal of dismantling Israel. Not only does JVP defend pro-BDS groups, it partners with them.

By Yitzhak Santis
Published 02:03 26.11.10

In his November 5 opinion piece in Haaretz English Edition, Matthew Taylor ("Just who is misguided?"), of the Jewish Voice for Peace, lodged a complaint against the "older [Jewish] establishment" for being "condescending" to young Jews. His protest included an attack on remarks made by Julie Bernstein, of the Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco, who was a panelist in a workshop at the General Assembly earlier this month in New Orleans.

The irony of Bernstein being a young adult and part-time graduate student seems to have been lost on Taylor. The main target of his "j'accuse," though, was the recentl…

Wednesday, December 1 - "Adapting Zionism for the 21st Century" with Micah Goodman

"Adapting Zionism for the 21st Century"
with Micah Goodman Senior Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
12:30 - Lunch
1:00-2:00 - Discussion Congregation Beth Israel 1630 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
Lunch will be served
Click here to RSVP (required)
Micah will discuss his vision for a new group of thinkers and doers who will tell a new story, the story of the rekindling of the Zionist spirit and its embodiment of humanist values.
All events are sponsored by American Zionist Movement and the Dorothy and Harold Greenwald Foundation

JTA.org: "Conservative movement tipping toward openness to children of intermarried"

JTA.org: "Conservative movement tipping toward openness to children of intermarried" By Sue Fishkoff · November 21, 2010http://www.jta.org/news/article/2010/11/21/2741842/are-conservatives-really-more-welcoming-to-intermarried SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) -- What should a Jewish teacher say to a child who talks about helping grandma decorate the Christmas tree? "What the teacher should not say is, 'You're not supposed to do that -- you're Jewish,' " says Rachel Glaser, education director of the religious school at Beth Israel Congregation, a Conservative synagogue in Owings Mills, Md. "That hurts the child and shuts a door." That was among the lessons Glaser and 70 other Conservative educators in the Baltimore area learned during a "keruv," or outreach workshop, held last month focused on sensitizing Conservative educators to the needs of children who have non-Jewish family members -- a population that is growing in Conservative preschool…