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NEWS FROM OUR DEPARTMENTS

directly to synagogue bulletin editors; if you are a synagogue bulletin editor please email your name, synagogue name, and email address to info@uscj.org.

Are you interested in news that has a Jewish point of view? You can find a tick- er from JTA, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, on the homepage of our website, www.uscj.org. Just click on any headline that interests you.

We want to hear from you. Email Bonnie Riva Ras at ras@uscj.org with ques- tions or comments about the Next Step.

PROJECT RECONNECT

Project Reconnect and NAASE are work- ing together to help college students and unaffiliated young adults find a place to go for a Pesach seder. Project Kol Dichfin

  • All Who Are Hungry – links partici-

pants and congregations. Last year, 71 North American congregations offered seders in congregants’ homes, a seat at a community seder, or both. Project Reconnect’s alumni families in Israel, members of the Masorti movement, also opened their homes and shuls to North Americans in Israel during Pesach. To participate, email reconnect@uscj.org.

CONGREGATIONAL PROGRAMMING

Sulam – ladder or ramp in Hebrew – pro- vides training for newly elected congrega- tional presidents and vice presidents who are on track to become presidents. In 2007, Sulam 30 will be held at the Hilton Hotel in Newark from March 8 to March 11 and Sulam 31 will be held at the Delta Hotel in Toronto from March 15 to March 18. For more information, call Rabbi Moshe Edelman at 212-533-7800, ext. 2205, or email him at edelman@uscj.org

The Synagogue Resource Center cata- log lists more than 700 files of programs on topics ranging from family education to fundraising and from parenting to ritu- al. You can explore this valuable resource on our website, www.uscj.org, by clicking on the Programming and Administration tab and scrolling down to the Synagogue Resource Center.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

United Synagogue offers free internet hosting services to our affiliated syna- gogues, USY chapters, and afternoon and day schools. Call the department of infor- mation technology at 212-533-7800, ext. 2402, to find out how United Synagogue can host your synagogue’s website and/or listserver.

FUCHSBURG JERUSALEM CENTER

The Fuchsberg Center’s Beit Cafe holds cultural courses on Sunday and Tuesday evenings. This fall’s lineup included class- es on humor by Israeli performer Varda Ben Hur, advanced drumming taught by Abe Doron, and a class on papier mâché given by Jerusalem artist Hgit Paloge.

Upcoming classes include storytelling; useful art lessons; creative writing, advanced writing, and more. If you are visiting Israel, come by the Fuchsberg Center and join a class session.

The Fuchsberg Center held a very suc- cessful volunteer fair this fall; 12 organi- zations attended and introduced their vol- unteer opportunities to our Nativ and Conservative Yeshiva students. All of the participants made a commitment to volun- teer in a place that met their interests, schedules and skills.

Many families or groups that visit the center bring suitcases filled with items to be donated. The center sends these contri- butions to as many organizations as possi- ble. Five wedding gowns have been donat- ed to the wedding gmach. During last summer’s war in Lebanon, many congre- gations sent supplies for soldiers and chil- dren in shelters. Donations were given to the Conservative congregation of Kiryat Bialik, where many new immigrants from Latin America needed the donated items.

If you are planning a trip to Israel, the Fuchsberg Center can help you plan learn- ing and volunteer opportunities, bar and bat mitzvah services and celebrations, accommodations, and more.

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BOOK SERVICE

Book Service offers the following new publications to readers of all ages:

Gift of Soul, Gift of Wisdom. Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson discusses how both professionals and laypeople can use their own life experience, as well as their knowledge of our sacred texts, to mentor others. $22.

Hear Her Voice: Twelve Women Who Changed the World. Miriam P. Feinberg and Miriam Klein Shapiro tell the stories of a dozen Jewish women, ranging from the prophet Deborah to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. 18.95.

For Passover Feast of Freedom Haggadah, edited by Rachel Anne Rabinowicz, includes com- mentary and instructions on conducting the seder along with the traditional text. $14.95.

Feast of Freedom Coloring Book, edited by Rachel Anne Rabinowicz, lets children fill in the illustrations to the Feast of Freedom Haggadah. $1.95.

Feast of Freedom Passover Songs, by Max Routtenberg and Shira G. Belfer, is a CD that includes readings from the Haggadah and well-loved Passover melodies that are part of the seder ritual. $11.95.

Feast of Freedom Haggadah Plus com- bines the Haggadah, the coloring book, and the CD. $23.

For Yom HaShoah Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day – falls on April 16 this year. Megillat HaShoah: The Shoah Scroll, by Avigdor Shinan, translated by Jules Harlow, is a liturgy for Yom HaShoah and includes eyewitness accounts. $7; bulk prices available.

Check out the Book Service website, www.uscj.org/booksvc, for gift ideas for readers of all ages. Call the Book Service at 212-533-7800, ext. 2003, or email booksvc@usjc.org. For orders only, call 800-594-5617.

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