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The Catalyst 
Howard Lenhoff interviews Jerry Weaver
An interview with the U.S. Foreign Service Officer who engineered a secret plan to shepherd thousands of desperate Ethiopian Jewish refugees from Sudan to Israel.


The Reform Movement
& Ethiopian Jews

by Glenn Stein
The Reform Movement has
long assisted the Jews of
Ethiopia. Here’s how.


Winter 2005

Against Indifference
a conversation with Elie Wiesel
“I believe that a person who is indifferent to the suffering of others is complicit in the crime. And this I cannot allow, at least for myself.”

First Responders: The Reform Movement & Hurricane Katrina
a conversation with Rabbi Daniel Freelander
Immediately after the onset of Hurricane Katrina, the Union for Reform Judaism went into action to help the evacuees.

Healing the World: A Discussion Guide
by Alan Bennett
This study guide for the “Healing the World” section contains background information, questions for discussion, and additional resources.

Giving Back
a conversation with Ruth Messinger
“We American Jews have reached levels of affluence and influence that our forebears could never have imagined. With success comes responsibility.”

We Can?t Go It Alone
a conversation with Mark Pelavin
“The idea that we can live on some tranquil island in the midst of a turbulent sea is short-sighted at best. History has taught us that such thinking is dangerous."

8 Jewish Women Who Changed the World
by Judith Rosenbaum and Karla Goldman
Jewish women have been at the forefront of a revolution which has transformed our understanding of history, science, law, art, medicine, politics, and gender.

Revolutionizing Judaism
by Judith Rosenbaum and Karla Goldman
Profiles of eight women who have transformed Jewish life in the last forty years.



Cooking: Who Invented Chanukah Gelt?
by Tina Wasserman
Theories tracing the Chanukah-gelt connection; when and why chocolate coins were first covered in gold foil; and more. Plus--recipes for Homemade Chocolate Truffle “Gelt,” Potato Galette with Mushrooms, and Herbed Risotto Pancakes.


Books: For Discussion
by Bonny Fetterman
The Union for Reform Judaism recommends two Significant Jewish Books per quarter for individuals and book groups, and provides a Study and Discussion Guide for each. The selected books: Mr. Sammler’s Planet by Saul Bellow and The Provincials: A Personal History of Jews in the South by Eli Evans.

Books: Reviews
by Bonny Fetterman
Reviews of Heirloom Cookbook: Recipes Handed Down by Jewish Mothers and Modern Recipes from Daughters and Friends; Interfaith Families: Personal Stories of Jewish-Christian Intermarriage by Jane Kaplan; and Kibitzers and Fools: Tales My Zayda Told Me by Simms Taback.

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