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The Detroit Jewish News, 2009-09-17

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Please join us as we
celebrate the 1 9 th
anniversary of

Irialc1 Ezra

the kosher foc>c)<DI pantry
feeding vulnerable families

Roundup from page 66

The group visited Gaza, which Carter
called in his piece "a walled-in ghetto
inhabited by 1.6 million Palestinians,
1.1 million of whom are refugees from
Israel and the West Bank."
During the past 16 months, Carter
visited the Middle East four times
and met with leaders in Israel, Egypt,
Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria,
the West Bank and Gaza.

on Charfa cos


Headscarves Optional

Gaza City/JTA Female attorneys in
Gaza are not required to wear a head
covering in court, Gaza's Hamas gov-
ernment said. Gaza's Supreme Justice
Council on Sept. 6 said the traditional
Islamic dress was not required and
rather was the personal preference of
the council's chairman. Female lawyers
are requested, however, "only to appear
in modest dress from now on,"Ynet
The previous decision requiring
headscarves, which the council said was
not an official governmental decree,
was roundly criticized by rights groups
when announced July 9.

Monday, October 5, 1E009

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StrcAing Supper 6:00 pm
Prc)gram tc) fcplic)N,A,
Cc>uvert $1 80 per adult

Blunsa and Robert Schechter
Esther and INIsmall F. Zalkznka
Dinner Ca - Chairpersons

Mtn Bernard

Facebook Golan policy

Changes to Facebook
will allow residents of the Golan
Heights to register themselves as living
in Israel. The social networking site
changed its personal information set-
Residents of some Golan towns pre-
viously had only been given the option
of listing Syria in the Hometown sec-
The media watchdog group Honest
Reporting, based in Jerusalem, took
credit for the change. Two weeks ago,
Honest Reporting launched a Facebook
group called "Facebook, Golan
Residents Live in Israel, not Syria."
"It is not for Facebook to decide the
national origin of Golan residents," the
group's page said.


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September 17 2009

United Synagogue

New York/JTA The umbrella organi-
zation for Conservative synagogues is
restructuring, its new chief executive
Rabbi Steven Wernick, who has been
on the job as the United Synagogue
for Conservative Judaism's executive
vice president and CEO for barely two
months, told JTA that the organiza-
tion is reducing the number of regions
from 15 to six and eliminating five
positions in the main office, with more
layoffs likely to come.
The restructuring is pending final
approval from the organization's board.

The aim is to make United Synagogue
smaller and better, Wernick said.
Member synagogues have long com-
plained they don't get enough value for
their dues.
Wernick says he wants to reform an
unwieldy organization that is "over-
institutionalized," with a bloated board
and insufficient accountability.
The proposed governance and
structural changes are aimed at grant-
ing Wernick more authority while
also making the organization, which
has long been a poster child for the
Conservative movement's ills, more
directly accountable to the congrega-
tions who pay the dues.
"The fundamen-
tal goal of United
Synagogue has to be
strengthening syna-
gogues," Wernick
With many young
Conservative Jews
falling off the map
Rabbi Wernick
between college
and having children, the reorganiza-
tion intends to place programming
for youth and young adults under one
heading and provide seamless pro-
gramming as individuals progress from
one age group to the next.

Bar Kochba Era

The largest ever
cache of coins from the period of the
Bar Kochba revolt was found in a cave
in the Judean Hills. The 120 gold, sil-
ver and bronze coins as well as some
pottery and weapons were discovered
during a cave research and mapping
project by Hebrew University and Bar-
Ilan University researchers.
The coins were found in a cave with
a hidden wing that likely served as
a hiding place for the Jewish fight-
ers of the Bar Kochba revolt against
the Romans. Most of the coins are in
excellent condition and were struck
over as rebels' coins on top of Roman
coins. The new imprints show Jewish
images and words, such as the facade
of the Temple in Jerusalem and the
slogan "for the freedom of Jerusalem.'
Some of the coins are original Roman
coins of the period.
Bar Kochba coins of this quality and
quantity have never been discovered
in one location by researchers in the
land of Israel, although antiquities
looters over the years have found and
sold large numbers of coins from this
period, according to a news release
from Hebrew University

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