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Our international biennial convention is less than a year away, and preparations are ramping up. This convention will be held over Shabbat, letting us experience the beauty and wonder and joy of that day together. To learn more about the conven- tion, which will be held from November 29 to December 3, in Orlando, Florida, take a look at our convention e-newsletter at www.uscj.org/2007_Convention7044. As our plans develop, we will keep you posted on our website and in the Next Step.

Join members of United Synagogue-affili- ated congregations across the country – including Biloxi’s own Congregation Beth Israel – who are rolling up their sleeves to help restore the area ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. Tzohar Biloxi is scheduled to run from Sunday, February 18, through Wednesday, February 21. Go to the bulletin board on the homepage of our website, www.uscj.org, for more information and registration forms.


When the Israelites left Egypt, they went together – men, women, children; those born into the community and those who chose to join with it; the very old, the very young, and the middle-aged.

Assembly, Cantors’ Assembly, Jewish Theological Seminary, Women’s League, Men’s Club, USY, Camp Ramah in the Poconos, Perelman Jewish Day School, Kellman Academy, Jewish Educators’

Now, we have the opportunity to go toward Egypt. We won’t have to go all the way to the Middle East to do it – we just have to go to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.

The whole tribe, all the various organi- zations that make up the Conservative movement in the Mid-Atlantic region, including United Synagogue, Rabbinical





Association of Synagogue Executives, are joining on Sunday, March 18, to see the world-renowned King Tutankhamen and the Golden Age Of Pharaohs exhibit. In other words – King Tut!

All 750 tickets sold out in only three weeks. And the only publicity was in syna- gogue bulletins.

The planning committee for the Conservative Movement Day at the King Tut exhibit are, stand- ing, from left, Rabbi Todd Zeff, director of Camp Ramah of the Poconos; Michael Weingram, past president of the Men's Clubs’ Middle Atlantic region; Sandy Blumental, president of Women’s League’s Philadelphia branch; Women’s League's immediate regional past president, Barbara Braunstein, and Judge Ramy Djerassi, United Synagogue’s immediate past president for the Mid-Atlantic region. United Synagogue’s regional executive directo , Lewis Grafman; Rabbi Steven Wernick of Adath Israel in Merion, Penn., who is president of the Philadelphia branch of the Rabbinical Assembl , and Shelley Maidman Menkowitz, immediate past chair of the Jewish Theological Seminary’ Philadelphia cabinet, are seated in front.



Many high-school students have unfinished business in northern Israel. USY Israel Pilgrimage trips were forced to relocate to the central and southern regions of the country when fighting broke out last sum- mer. USYers, like participants on other trips, missed out on part of what they had expected to see. Their summer experience was filled with intense emotion, friendship, and learning, but did not include the Kinneret, Tsfat, and other points north.

USY is offering a chance for student travelers to make up what they missed last year. Anyone who is now in 10th, 11th, or 12th grades and was on any teen trip to Israel last summer is invited to join USY in Israel this summer on USY Northern Exposure.

The trip will run from July 16 to July 31, 2007. You do not have to be a USY member already, but you will have to join USY before the trip. Participants will spend about five days touring in northern Israel, visiting sites of historical and cultural sig- nificance, such as Haifa and Tiberias, and they will spend another five days doing vol- unteer work in northern Israel. The pro- gram will end in Jerusalem, where partici- pants will join hundreds of other USY pro- gram participants for a special program, celebrate Shabbat, and commemorate the fast day of Tisha B’Av.

For more information, go to USY’s website, www.usy.org/programs/northern, call Aviva Tilles, USY’s Israel Pilgrimage coordinator, at 212-533-7800, ext. 2316, or email her at pilgrimage@uscj.org.

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