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October 2013 / Cheshvan 5774

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Happy Cheshvan! (Wait, what?)  

Now that the frenzy of the holidays is over, we have the relatively quiet month of Cheshvan in which to recuperate and recharge our batteries.  While the month is often called Marcheshvan, the prefix Mar (bitter) denoting the absence of holidays or fast days, it's anything but bitter.  This is the time of year that many of our Clubs are kicking off their activity-packed seasons... and we hope that HaShofar will help point you toward plenty of useful programming ideas.

As always, we welcome your submissions and your constructive input.  Let us know how best to serve your needs and those of your Club.
In This Issue

Understanding the Haftarot

Myles' Musings: The
Pew Report on American Jews

The Masorti Movement in Israel: Video

Light a Candle,
Preserve a Memory

JSearch: A New Fundraising Opportunity

Meet Our Officers:
Allan Gottesman, International First V.P.

Understanding the Haftarot

As we've just recently begun the annual cycle of the Torah portions, what better way to increase your Jewish knowledge than explore the haftarot?  In this stimulating and unusual book, Rabbi Charles Simon, Executive Director of the FJMC, provides the reader with the context to understand how the haftarot were organized, why they might have been selected and suggests reasons for finding meaning and value.

Myles' Musings: Pew Report on American Jews

Have you heard of the recent Pew Report about Jewish identity in America?  The study raises serious questions about the future of Judaism in America.  Check out the latest post at Myles' Musings, and see how the FJMC is seeking to address the issues raised in the study. Don't be bashful about leaving your comments!  
Arnold Eisen, Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary, has offered his unique and thoughtful perspective on this important study.  

Read his comments

The Masorti Movement in Israel

The Masorti movement is a traditional, egalitarian religious movement in Israel with a growing impact throughout the land. Learn about what's new by watching this seven-minute video commissioned by the FJMC.

See the video

Light a Candle, Preserve a Memory!

"Created in 1981 by FJMC clubs to keep the memory of the Six Million who perished in the Shoah, the Yellow Candle™ is modeled after a traditional Jewish memorial Yahrzeit candle. The FJMC estimates that over four million of our Yellow Candles have been lit on Yom HaShoah (the Day of Remembrance) since the program began over thirty years ago.


"It is a good start... but it is not enough."

JSearch:  A New Fundraiser Available for Your Club

JSearch is a professional and business directory for use throughout the United States and Canada, developed by the FJMC. It provides an easy way to find professionals, services, and businesses that cater to the Jewish community. Your club earns half the profit generated by the ads it sells, and ads, accessible on the Internet for either local or distant searching, are priced significantly lower than any other type of advertising.
Meet Our Officers: Allan Gottesman, International First Vice President

"If you have ever spent any time enjoying the hospitality and good spirits of the International Kiddush Club - perhaps at the LDI, perhaps at Convention - you may have noticed the presence of an unmistakable color scheme. Hockey shirts, baseball caps... they all bear the signature hue of Allan, the Prince of Purple."
Heneni!  Will you answer the call and say:  "Here I am."
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