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RCPP Newsletter November 2011

Dear InterfaithFamily.com Network Professionals,

For all those who are working and volunteering in the Jewish community, I know the race to get ready for the holidays can be exhausting and exhilarating. In gratitude for all that you do, InterfaithFamily.com has created a resource page full of blessings for you!

Now you will be able to quickly help those learning (or trying to recall) the daily blessings before sleeping, waking and over meals; the special blessings for beginning and ending Shabbat and holidays; wedding blessings and those blessings acknowledging the small miracles of our days. They are all together on one page on our

Blessings Resource Page

Audio clips to listen to while reading the Hebrew or transliteration, videos that demonstrate what to do while reciting the blessing, booklets and guides for background information and more.

Please share the link to this page with all the teachers that you know: preschool, afterschool religious school teachers and day school teachers. Alert those who teach family education and Introduction to Judaism or Taste of Judaism classes. Put a link on any basic Jewish education handouts.

If you haven't already listed your synagogue, school or organization on our Network, you still have a chance to win an Apple iPad.

It's easy - you just need to complete three steps: Join the InterfaithFamily.com Network, add your listing to the Professionals directory and register your organization.

Before you start, check to see whether or not your organization is already registered by visiting www.interfaithfamily.com/searchorgs and searching for your organization.

What if my organization is not listed, I am not a member of the InterfaithFamily.com Network and I am not listed as a Professional?
  1. Join the InterfaithFamily.com Network by visiting www.interfaithfamily.com/join and confirm your email address when you receive the email confirmation. Joining the Network and confirming your email takes under 3 minutes.
  2. Once you confirm you email address, you will be directed to a page to edit your personal information. In the "About Me" section, select the appropriate Professional field, such as Outreach Professional/Outreach Volunteer/Synagogue Professional. Then answer "Yes" to the question, "Would you like to add your listing to the Professionals directory?"
  3. Register your organization on the Network by visiting www.interfaithfamily.com/organizations, or by clicking on the Organizations left-side navigation tab and then clicking the Register an Organization button and filling in the form. You must be logged in to do this. You will then be entered in the giveaway.
What if I am already a Member?
  1. Simply login at www.interfaithfamily.com and choose "My Personal Page" at the very top left of the homepage, then "Edit Personal Page".
  2. On your Personal Page, select the appropriate Professional field such as Outreach/Professional/Outreach Volunteer/Synagogue Professional. Then answer "Yes" to the question, "Would you like to add your listing to the Professionals directory?"
  3. Register your organization on the Network by visiting www.interfaithfamily.com/organizations, or by clicking on the Organizations left-side navigation tab and then clicking the Register an Organization button and filling in the form. You must be logged in to do this. You will then be entered in the giveaway.
What if I am already a Member and a Professional?
  • Register your organization on the Network by visiting www.interfaithfamily.com/organizations, or by clicking on the Organizations left-side navigation tab and then clicking the Register an Organization button and filling in the form. You must be logged in to do this. You will then be entered in the giveaway.
What if I am already a Member and a Professional and my Organization is listed?
  • If your organization is listed but is administered by someone else, you can become a member of the organization by clicking Join Group/Org under the picture on your organization page. You will then be entered in the giveaway.

Do this by November 15th and you will automatically be entered to win an Apple iPad! The winner will be announced in the December RCPP email newsletter.

Listserv Update: We will be moving our monthly messages off of the current system (Shamash) to the new Resource Center for Program Providers (RCPP) private group on the InterfaithFamily.com Network. This is an exciting change because, not only will you continue to receive our monthly RCPP email newsletter with helpful tips, resources and ideas, but you will also be able to participate in private discussions and share bookmarks, files and ideas with other RCPP members. To get access to the RCPP group all you need to do is have a professional listing on the InterfaithFamily.com Network. To list yourself as a professional, follow the directions above.

For Help: If you have any problems getting yourself or your organization on the InterfaithFamily.com Network, we are here to help! Debbie Morandi is available to walk you through the process, answer any questions and ensure you get your name into the Apple iPad drawing. Please contact her with any questions at debm@interfaithfamily.com or 617-581-6820.

Warm wishes,

Karen Kushner,
Chief Education Officer

A ceremony created by the Reform movement as a way for young adults to show their decision to embrace Jewish study and reaffirm their commitment to Judaism. Confirmation is typically held at the end of the tenth grade. Derived from the Greek word for "assembly," a Jewish house of prayer. Synagogue refers to both the room where prayer services are held and the building where it occurs. In Yiddish, "shul." Reform synagogues are often called "temple." The Jewish Sabbath, from sunset on Friday to nightfall on Saturday. Hebrew for "helper," a candle used to light all the other candles in the Hanukkah menorah. A language of West Semitic origins, culturally considered to be the language of the Jewish people. Ancient or Classical Hebrew is the language of Jewish prayer or study. Modern Hebrew was developed in the late-19th and early 20th centuries as a revival language; today it is spoken by most Israelis.
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