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Global Day of Jewish Learning

The Global Day of Jewish Learning brings the Jewish people together once a year to celebrate our shared Jewish text t...

The Global Day of Jewish Learning brings the Jewish people together once a year to celebrate our shared Jewish text through community based learning.The guiding values of the Global Day of Jewish Learning are: fostering Jewish unity, empowering individuals through increased Jewish knowledge, and creating meaningful shared experiences.
 
Global Day 2012
On Sunday November 18, 2012, 300 Jewish communities across the world will join together for the third annual Global Day of Jewish Learning. The theme of this year's Global Day and curriculum is Jewish concepts of blessing and gratitude. Click here to register your community today.
 

Rethinking Sukkot: Women, Relationships & Jewish Texts

Just in time for your sukkah dinners, JWI is releasing the third in a series of study guides related to women, relati...

Just in time for your sukkah dinners, JWI is releasing the third in a series of study guides related to women, relationships, and Jewish texts. JWI envisions women, men, families, friends, study partners, and others sitting around tables in beautifully decorated sukkahs, eating delicious food, and engaged in discussions based on the texts and conversation starters in the guide.

Sukkot occurs as the weather is changing and we feel the beauty of nature. We enjoy eating outside during the first days of fall and welcoming guests for a festive meal before the weather turns cold. The holiday almost encourages us to reflect on the change in season and what change can mean to us. The guide explores several well known prayers and readings for Sukkot and starts conversations about the themes of inspiration, protection, and spiritual growth. It opens the door to discussions about healthy choices and meaningful relationships. It encourages reflection on whether or not we are making the best decisions for ourselves and our families.

These guides have been written by JWI's Clergy Task Force on Domestic Abuse in the Jewish Community in order to encourage healthy relationships. JWI appreciate their contributions to the project and the opportunities it creates for thoughtful conversations. Their earlier Purim and Shavuot guides were widely used and are also available on the JWI website.

JWI encourages you to download the guide from their website, http://www.jwi.org/holidayguides, and explore the concept of sukkat shalom, a home of peace and security. JWI welcomes your comments and feedback.

Moishe House and Repair the World Partner to Open Service Oriented Houses

Following a national search for outstanding young leaders dedicated to serving those in need, Repair the World and Mo...

Following a national search for outstanding young leaders dedicated to serving those in need, Repair the World and Moishe House will open two Repair the World Moishe Houses to serve as communal residences for young adults in Detroit and Chicago. The houses will act as hubs for volunteer and service activity in each city as their residents engage local young people in addressing pressing social issues and humanitarian needs such as educational inequality, homelessness, poverty, hunger and domestic violence.
 
The collaboration enhances the Moishe House model with an increased service requirement, tapping into Repair the World's expertise in building effective service and Jewish ejp full logoservice-learning programs while also bolstering existing Repair the World service projects.

For each house, two groups of four residents will receive a modest rent subsidy and budget to build service-related programming for other Jews in their twenties, as they work to improve social conditions and then relate this volunteerism to their Jewish heritage, history and values. The residents are expected to move into the homes - which they are currently identifying - in August and begin programming by September 1, 2012.

The opening of Repair the World Moishe House represents a growing partnership between the two organizations who earlier this summer co-sponsored a Jewish service-learning retreat in Maryland focused on training Moishe House residents and community members across the country on methods by which to engage their peers in meaningful, effective service.

Moishe House and Repair the World Partner to Open Service Oriented Houses, August 9, 2012, eJP