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    This Sunday is an event that I and many volunteers have worked long and hard to bring to our Atlanta community: Limmud Atlanta & Southeast's Taste of Limmud. Our whole family is excited. Even our daughter is excited about Camp Limmud. She goes there while us adults get adult time. Ahhh. What I'm looking forward to most:(1) Learning from Jonathan Sarna again -- a wonderful teach from Brandeis is coming to talk about: Jewish Law and American Civil Liberty: Historical Confrontations and Contemporary Implications(2) Being with my adult friends without...

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    Yesterday evening, a young man called to ask for my annual Federation pledge.I declined.In Atlanta, Federation mostly raises funds and allocates them to a portfolio of local and international organizations. All of the programs in their portfolio are good, sure. Twenty percent of their allocations go to support Israel through Joint Distribution and Jewish Agency. Plus, one of the 26 organizations they fund, my family utilizes: PJ Library.However, nearly all of the Jewish programs that make up my family's Jewish life are not funded by Federation: Limmud Atlanta, Jewish Kids...

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    Hosted by Atlanta Jewish Music Festival, Socalled is a world-class artist you don't want to miss! From AJMF: "Klezmer-hip hop maestro Socalled is a musician, producer, composer, arranger, magician, filmmaker, photographer and visual artist based in Montreal.Born in Ottawa and raised just north of there, in Chelsea, Quebec, he grew up taking piano lessons and loving funk and hip hop. When Socalled first heard klezmer music on an old Yiddish record, he was fascinated by the cool sounds he could sample to make hip hop beats. Then he realized that...

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    I got an email today notifying me that the LA Federation is looking for "The Next Big Jewish Idea". I've been thinking about "the big idea" for the last few weeks. At LimmudUK, I went to hear Jonathan Sarna speak about future trends in American Jewish life. (Who, BTW, is coming to speak to Atlanta at Taste of Limmud, Sunday, March 27th, 2011.)  Jonathan talked about many different forces that are acting on American Jewish life, mostly resulting in assimilation and decreasing numbers of Jews. He feels that the Jewish...

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    TrendsJewish orgs merging w non Jewish orgs such as YMCA-JCCLarge-scale initiatives are slowing. Instead small scale initiatives... Aliyah: living in both Israel and the USSheldon Attison... Demography -- our community size will shrink except a report last week that there are 6.5 mill Amercsn Jews. Absolute decline in number of American Jews in 2001 due to low Jewish birthrate. Declining immigration. Conversions to Judaism are flat. Reform and Reconstructionist accepting father descentNon marriageIntermarriageDiaspora shrinking .8 a a yearChange in nature of diaspora. 80% in Israel and us. 97% are on...

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    Reporting live from LimmudUK!Religious:Torah. Hertz. Tenach. (Talmud)Siddur. (prayerbook) Jonathan Sachs.Books about Jewish Knowledge:Jewish Literacy. Joseph Telushkin, an encyclopedia of newborn history, Jewish par cynical, israel. Short nuggets of useful info.The Book Of Jewish Values. Telushkin. Short stories to illustrate Jewish ethics. Jewish Jokes. Telushkin.Days of Awe. agnon. Anthology of traditions and stories about tosh hashanah and Tom kippur.Megillot Esther. Waldman. Graphic illustrated Very clever. Got to get it! http://megillatesther.com/The Joys of Yiddish. Rosten. Chosen Tales. Stories. "terribly Anerican"The book of Jewish belief and practice. Good for teens. The Jewish kids...