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January 10 2006 eNewsletter


 January 10, 2006

Dear friend,

We hope the new year is off to a good start for you. was very busy in December. It seemed that every newspaper in the country wanted to write a story about Hanukkah starting on Christmas Day, so we spent a lot of time talking to the press. Many publications, including Newsweek, The Boston Globe, The Baltimore Sun, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinal and at least 70 other papers--maybe even the one in your area--quoted Ed Case and/or mentioned's tolerant, welcoming approach.  We also had a fair amount of coverage, including in The Wall Street Journal, expressing concern and caution about new efforts by the Reform and Conservative movements to encourage conversion. You can check out all of the coverage at December Media Coverage and Advocacy Media Coverage.

We're taking a week off on our publication schedule--watch for the next issue of our Web Magazine, about Grandparenting, on January 17th.

Warm regards,


          Ronnie Friedland, Editor

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Hanukkah (known by many spellings) is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd Century BCE. It is marked by the lighting of a menorah and the eating of fried foods.
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