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RCJC ENewsletter 06-30-2011


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June 30, 2011

Dear Friend,

I hope the start of your summer is going well. We've added six new articles since our last email newsletter to rabbis and cantors. If you've already joined the Resource Center for Jewish Clergy on the Network, thank you! If you haven't, you'll need to in order to access the new material. And if seeing new material isn't enough incentive for you...

Win an iPad! has an exciting opportunity for you! Join the Resource Center for Jewish Clergy (RCJC) by August 31, 2011 and you'll be entered to win an Apple iPad! The winner will be announced in one of our bi-weekly email newsletters in September, 2011.

The RCJC is a private "for clergy only" group on the Network. It's the way we now provide access to our "for clergy only" content and enable you to communicate with your clergy colleagues confidentially on intermarriage issues. If you're already a member of the RCJC, you're automatically entered to win the iPad.

If you're not, here are the steps to join:

  • Fill our our Jewish Clergy survey at (If you're not sure whether you've taken the survey already, please fill it out again ? we're asking new questions about the kinds of life cycle services you're able to provide.)
  • Join the Network by visiting and confirm your membership by replying to an email that will appear in your inbox.
  • Edit your personal information on the page you'll be directed to. Be sure to indicate that you are a rabbi or a cantor in the Profession section.
  • We'll then send you an invitation to join the RCJC ? click on the link in the invitation and you'll be a member!

This may seem complicated, but it's easy to do.

The Network has many features that can help you attract participants to your organization and programs, and keep in touch with your community members. Our Director of Network Activities, Adina Davies, will be happy to help you learn how you can take advantage of everything has to offer. Please contact her at or 617-581-6862.

New "For Clergy Only" Articles

Again, you'll need to be an RCJC member ? and logged in ? to see these "for clergy only" articles. You won't need a separate password ? once you're part of the RCJC Private Group, one log-in will do it all.

We have four new articles dealing with different approaches to officiation:

In Does One Size Fit All?, Rabbi Ari Moffic ? who is joining as of July 1 as Director of our new InterfaithFamily/Chicago program ? asks whether or not, when we speak about "interfaith couples," and create programming and debate best ways to help them make Jewish choices, our language and our approach can be the same for each couple.

And in Interfaith Families and Jewish Day Schools, Rabbi Daniel Kohn details what we can do to ensure that interfaith families are included and welcomed in Jewish day schools.

We Still Need Your Help offers a free, high-quality Jewish Clergy Officiation Referral Service. It's not just for wedding officiation, either — we help couples find clergy for counseling, conversion, bris and baby naming, and all other life cycle needs. Demand for the service has grown steadily — when we last wrote to you we were averaging 140 inquiries a month, recently we've been averaging over 170! If you don't officiate yourself but refer couples to others, or if a couple at a distant location asks for your help, we'd be very grateful if you suggested that the couple use our service. All they need to do is fill out the form at If you'd like to know more about our service, please email me at

We are eager to include you in the Resource Center for Jewish Clergy — please join us today! And you can also help us out by forwarding this email newsletter to your rabbi and cantor friends.


Rabbi Lev Baesh
Director of the Resource Center for Jewish Clergy


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Reform synagogues are often called "temple." "The Temple" refers to either the First Temple, built by King Solomon in 957 BCE in Jerusalem, or the Second Temple, which replaced the First Temple and stood on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem from 516 BCE to 70 CE. Hebrew for "covenant," often referring to the ritual for Jewish boys when they are 8 days old ("brit milah" - "covenant of circumcision"). It is commonly known as "bris," which is the Ashkenazi or Yiddish pronunciation of "brit."
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