Issue #520 - An Abbreviated Summer Issue

August 27 2015 / 12 Elul 5775

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Register Now for WUPJ's Southern Jewish Civil Rights Experience, November 8 through November 12 2015

WUPJ Personnel News

Congratulations
Condolences
Saltz Center Webinar 
Dear Reader

Upcoming Events


Featuring

Register Now for WUPJ's Southern Jewish Civil Rights Experience, November 8 through November 12 2015

Immediately following the URJ Biennial in Orlando, the World Union for Progressive Judaism invites you to join the highly anticipated Southern Jewish Civil Rights Experience. In cooperation with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC) is proud to present this special mission.

 

Jews played a significant role in the American Civil Rights movement in the 1960’s and many of our Reform Jewish communities joined in the struggle for freedom and equal rights.  In a special trip, originally developed for World Union of Progressive Judaism representatives to the 2015 URJ Biennial, this post-biennial tour is open to those who register for the Biennial and would like to join with Reform Jewish friends from Europe, Australasia, Israel, Latin America, the FSU and South Africa.

You will visit Birmingham, Montgomery and Selma, Alabama and Atlanta, Georgia to tour significant historical sites of the Civil Rights struggle and meet with current and past leaders of the Reform movement, and Civil Rights leaders who were involved in this critical work. You will hear from those whose lives were impacted by the fight for equal rights and celebrate 50 years since the March on Selma. Register early as there is a limited number of places available.

Secure your place today. 

View the full itinerary and registration information.

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WUPJ Personnel News

We wanted to update you on several staff changes within the WUPJ family that took place over the summer.

Farewell and thanks to Rabbi Gary Bretton-Granatoor, who served as Vice President for Philanthropy since 2008. Gary guided the New York office and WUPJ Development efforts through turbulent times with commitment and warmth.

Naomi Smook has joined us as Director of Advancement. She comes to the WUPJ after years of experience at the American Friends of Hebrew University, Jewish Theological Seminary and Yeshivat Chovevei Torah.

Shira Kestenbaum has relocated to New York where she will serve as WUPJ Special Project coordinator. Shira had served as office manager in our Jerusalem office since 2009. Shimrit Levy became office manager of our Jerusalem office in July. 

Ruti Kaplan has left Beit Shmuel where she has served as General Manager since 2009. The WUPJ family would like to thank her for all the hard work over the years and wish her good luck in her new adventure. 

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Congratulations

The Marriage of James Grabiner & Dana Sawdaye

Mazal Tov to Jane and Mike Grabiner (immediate past chairman of the WUPJ) on the marriage of their son, James Grabiner, to Dana Sawdaye on August 27th in Israel.

The entire World Union Family sends congratulations to the new couple and wishes them a wonderful journey as they build their new life together.

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Condolences

In Memoriam: Abe Jaffe z”l


The leadership and staff of the World Union extend their sincerest condolences to Danny Jaffe, World Union CFO, and to the entire Jaffe family, on the passing of Danny’s father, Mr. Abe Jaffe z”l, on August 19, 2015.

Condolences can be sent to Danny Jaffe.

May Abe Jaffe’s memory be for a blessing and may his entire family be comforted amongst the mourners of Zion.

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Saltz Center Webinar 

VIDEO: Celebrating with the IMPJ: An interview with Rabbi Nir Barkin of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism 


Rabbi Steve Burnstein
, Director of the WUPJ's Anita Saltz International Education Center, recently spoke with Rabbi Nir Barkin of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism on a wide range of issues including current happenings and plans for the High Holidays.

Watch the interview now.

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Upcoming Events

November 4–8, 2015 – Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) 73rd Biennial Conference, Orlando, Florida

November 5, 2015 - International Humanitarian Award Dinner Honouring Rabbi Lenny Thal & Installation of Rabbi Daniel Freelander, 
URJ Biennial Conference, Orlando, Florida

November 8–12, 2015 - Southern Jewish Civil Rights Experience, Atlanta, Georgia - For Registration Please Click Here

April 14-17, 2016 - European Union for Progressive Judaism (EUPJ), Biennial Conference, London, UK

May 27-28, 2016 - Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism (IMPJ) Conference, Israel

July 15-17, 2016 - SAUPJ 2016 Biennial Conference, South Africa

May 15-21, 2017 – CONNECTIONS 2015, World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) 38th Biennial Conference, Jerusalem, Israel


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