REFORM JUDAISM


PYRAMID PUZZLE
Answers


(All answers can be found in the Spring 2001 issue.)

 

  1. Fourteen steps. The Seder Activity Book, written and illustrated by Judy Dick, an educator at the Yeshiva University Museum, and published by the UAHC Press, takes kids through the 14 steps with lively activities and games.

  2. Forty-eight middot. This year's edition of "Family Shabbat Table Talk" focuses on the forty-eight middot. Written by Reform leaders, each entry is designed to foster family discussion; it can be found online at http://uahc.org/shabbat/

  3. In 1978 Rabbi Alexander stood before the UAHC Board and gave a speech that began the Outreach revolution. As Al Vorspan said in his eulogy for Rabbi Schindler: "Alex knew that rhetoric would not be enough. He knew that we would need Outreach committees in every synagogue, high-quality conversion materials, and staff to implement the Outreach revolution, and in a few short years he made it happen."

  4. There are thirty-six righteous individuals. The children's book, You Never Know: A Legend of the Lamed-vavniks by Francine Prose, illustrated by Mark Podwall, says RJ writer and literary editor Bonny Fetterman "is a thoughtful way to introduce the notion of reassessing our treatment of others for the Jewish New Year."

  5. Two million Jewish immigrants entered America between 1880 and 1920, writes Bonny Fetterman: "mainly young people who left their families in Europe, endured seasickness on the ocean voyage, feared the inspectors' exams on Ellis Island, and rejoiced in the promise of America for everyone." She recommends the children's book Hannah's Journal: The Story of an Immigrant Girl as "a good starting point for talking to grandparents and other relatives about their immigration stories."

  6. Seventy years. This law was the inspiration behind Rabbi Morrison Bial's decision to become a bar mitzvah once again at the age of 83. In 1948, Rabbi Bial, a youthful assistant rabbi at Beth Shalom People's Temple in New York City, had officiated at the bar mitzvah ceremony of a young Brooklynite named Walter Zanger. Fifty-two years later, Zanger, now a rabbi himself, ascended the bimah in front of a packed house at Temple Beth Shalom in Ocala, FL and performed the same ceremony for his mentor, Rabbi Bial.

  7. Three percent. American Jews are asked to share the joy of family celebrations (weddings, bar mitzvahs, anniversaries) with the less fortunate by donating 3% of the cost to Mazon. In this way, says Mazon executive director Susan Cramer, "we've been able to build a grassroots movement of Jews concerned about hunger." In addition, Mazon has formed partnerships with more than 800 synagogues nationwide, which encourage their members to contribute the amount of money they would have spent on food during Yom Kippur, and the amount it would cost to invite one extra person to the seder table on Passover. Half of Mazon's partner synagogues are affiliated with the UAHC.

  8. Thirty-seven languages, including Chinese, Japanese, and Albanian.

  9. The Jewish lifecycle specifies five occasions each year to remember those we have lost: four Yizkor (memorial) services, each coinciding with a Jewish holiday--namely Yom Kippur, Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah, Passover, and Shavuot--as well as the Yahrzeit, which marks the anniversary of the deceased's death. "This cycle," writes Anne Brener, "teaches us that even after a death, we have the opportunity to release old emotional responses and foster personal growth. Each new recitation of the memorial prayers within the context of the different days of observance can bring new insights from different perspectives. Each year blesses us with the opportunity to build on the work that went before it. Through Yizkor we continue our healing, come to terms with the death of the person we mourn, remember and honor that person, and help to lift the soul as it comes to rest, in the words of one of the Yizkor prayers, 'under the wings of the Shechina.'"

  10. 1,800 liberal synagogues.




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