MERCAZ USA

January 2009

MERCAZ USA Winter E-Letter

Tevet 5769

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IN THIS ISSUE:
NEWS
FEATURE STORY

NEWS

SYNAGOGUE TRIPS TO ISRAEL
Looking to join an organized trip to Israel? Click here for a list of upcoming Conservative Movement synagogue trips for 2009. Click here for a list of different short-term and long-term programs to Israel.

CONSERVATIVE YESHIVA ONLINE LEARNING
Register now for Conservative Yeshiva Online Learning beginning the week of January 25, 2009. Students of all Hebrew levels and Jewish learning backgrounds are welcome. Hevruta — study with a partner — is strongly encouraged for all students including those with no prior experience in hevruta study.

Two ten-week courses will be offered: "Ten Biblical Stories You Thought You Knew: An Introduction to Rabbinic Midrash" with Rabbi Mordechai Silverstein and "Psalms of Pesukei DeZimra of Shabbat" with Rabbi Gail Diamond.

To register for the class, please email yeshiva@uscj.org. There is a $200 tuition fee for each 10-week course.

ENGLISH TEACHERS NEEDED FOR ISRAEL
There is a growing demand for qualified English teachers in Israel at the elementary and high school level. This need provides a golden opportunity to aliyah candidates from English-speaking countries to fill these positions. No previous teaching license or experience is necessary.

The Ministry of Education, the Jewish Agency for Israel, the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption, and Nefesh B'Nefesh have partnered to launch an English Teachers Project for new olim. The program, which starts in July 2009, provides a supportive framework for new immigrants to acquire a profession and to help meet the growing demand for qualified English teachers in Israel.

Those accepted into the three-year program will receive financial subsidy during the training year and enhanced salary during the first two years of teaching.

Applications must be submitted by February 15, 2009.

For further information please contact Naomi Freedman, naomif@jafi.org or click here.

BE PART OF THE NEW KIBBUTZ HANNATON
Founded 25 years ago by Conservative olim, Kibbutz Hannaton is going through an exciting process of renewal. Twenty young Israeli families, products of our Conservative/Masorti institutions around the world, are moving to the settlement. They need our assistance as they set out to revitalize the kibbutz.

By making an open booking now for a room in the newly renovated Hannaton B&B, you can become a partner in this exciting venture and begin anticipating your stay at this scenic gateway to Israel's north.

Click here for more information.

FEATURE STORY

HOW THE CONSERVATIVE/MASORTI MOVEMENT SUPPORTS THE IDF CAMPAIGN IN GAZA

The Conservative/Masorti Movement in North America and Israel has been very active in support of the current campaign in Gaza to provide protection to the communities in Israel's southern region. Here are some examples of activities that have been undertaken:

  • STATEMENT OF THE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL OF CONSERVATIVE JUDAISM ON OUR HOPES FOR PEACE AND SAFETY IN A TIME OF WAR
    "The Conservative/Masorti Movement supports the State of Israel, its government and military, in its current operations to protect the citizens of Israel's southern region and offers our prayers and material assistance to its soldiers and their families..." Click here for the entire statement endorsed by the umbrella organization of all the arms of the Conservative Movement.

  • Fleece Hats for SoldiersFLEECE HATS FOR SOLDIERS "WITH LOVE FROM THE MASORTI MOVEMENT"
    In a visible gesture of support, Masorti rabbis, staff members from the NOAM youth organization, and NOAM graduates serving in Nahal Garin, have been distributing fleece hats emblazoned with the words "with love from the Masorti Movement" to IDF soldiers and army reservists at the central bus station in Beer Sheva as they leave to join their units. Click here for photos.

  • SOLIDARITY MISSION VISITS ISRAEL
    During the middle of January, a mission of Conservative rabbis and synagogue members from North America, organized by the Masorti Foundation for Conservative Judaism in Israel, arrived to visit Masorti communities in Israel's southern region, visit wounded soldiers and pray together for a swift and successful conclusion to the fighting. Click here for Rabbi Leonard Gordon's blog chronicling the Masorti Emergency Mini-mission.

  • MASORTI RABBIS COMPOSE PRAYER FOR IDF AND SOUTHERN COMMUNITIES
    Click here
    for the special prayer composed by Rabbis Simcha Roth and Michael Graetz for the well-being of the Israel Defense Forces and the success of the mission in Gaza.

  • SCHECHTER INSTITUTE STUDENTS AND STAFF ORGANIZE TO HELP CAMPAIGN
    Click here to learn about TALI schools under attack and support programs being undertaken by Schechter rabbinical students.

  • Mayor Michael Bloomberg visits AshkelonASHKELON MASORTI LEADERS HOST NY MAYOR MICHAEL BLOOMBERG
    During his recent solidarity trip to Israel, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, accompanied by Congressman Gary Ackerman and NYC Police Chief Ray Kelly and Michael Miller from the New York JCRC, visited Ashkelon and received a briefing about life under fire from former New Yorkers Marty and Terri Davis, Phil and Billie Saltzberg, Elana Davis Sezana and Alon Futterman, who are all members of Netzach Yisrael, the Masorti congregation in Ashkelon.

 

 

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