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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...

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    We know not all your friends and family are Jewish. That's why we stock dozens of fun, unique, and offbeat gifts for everyone, most of which are under $12! Here are some highlights: For tea drinkers on the go the Tea Lover’s Eco Cup is an elegant to-go cup decorated with traditional teacup patterns. Included is a cute silicone teapot hook to hold your teabag string. $10. Tea is more fun with the Tea Duckie! A floating tea infuser is a mini version of the childhood toy favorite. $10.I have...

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    Check out the cool Israeli designed goods we have on ModernTribe.com and get 20% off today with code BUYISRAEL for "Buy Israel Day" -- November 30th, 2010. Below is from "Buy Israel Goods"On Tuesday, November 30, anti-Israel activists in New York City plan to demonstrate and call for boycotts of stores that sell Israeli products. Their specific target is a store that carries Ahava goods, but this action in New York is just one of many. Boycotters have been energetically lobbying other stores across the country to drop Israeli products,...

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    Adam Sandler summed up Hanukkah the best when he belted out “Instead of one day of presents, we have eight crazy nights.”  Any one of these presents will guarantee that your Jewish kid is not wishing for a Christmas tree:While one little piggy went to market and another stayed home, this piggy named Baxter decided he wanted to become Kosher. Now that’s certainly a story to get tickled over. The Kosher Piggy Gift Set ($39.00) includes the hardcover copy of Baxter, the Pig Who Wanted to Be Kosher, signed by...