Your Jewish Neighborhood
A podcast from Temple Isaiah, a Reform synagogue in Lafayette, California

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This week's links

Chanukah, from the Jewish Virtual Library
Rabbis shed light on Chanukah's importance, from the Palm Beach Daily News
The Meaning of Chanukah, from Being Jewish
Eight Days of Chanukah -- What's the Spiritual Significance, from
Judaism 101: Chanukah
Chanukah, American Style, from the American Jewish Historical Society

Direct download: yjn-228.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:32pm EDT

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The URJ's Campaign for Youth Engagement
Jewish Parents: how to Get Teens to Keep Engaged After 13, from Radical parenting
Preventing Post B'nai Mitzvah Dropout-itis, from Reform Judaism Online
Study Finds 'Man Crisis' in Liberal Jewish Circles
Keeping Our Kids on the Derech, an Orthodox perspective

Direct download: yjn-227.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:37am EDT

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Who Reads Synagogue Newsletters?
Marketing the Shul: What's Working and What Needs to Work
U.S. Synagoges Lag in Use of Web and Social Media Technologies
Temple Isaiah's Facebook page
Rabbi Judy Shanks on Twitter

Direct download: yjn-226.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:30pm EDT

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Questions and answers about Selichot from the Orthodox Union
Selichot: Prayers of Repetence, from
Selicot at the Western Wall, from YouTube
When do we begin saying Selichot and why?, from
Music of Selichot and the High Holy Days from Sinai Temple, Springfield, MA
Selichot for iPhone and iPad, from The Jewish iPhone Magazine

Direct download: yjn-225.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:59pm EDT

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Hebrew Numbers
Numbers in Hebrew
Video Lesson: Hebrew 101 - Numbers & Days
The Confusion of Hebrew Numbers
Kabbalah: Meaning of Numbers
Symbolism of "Chai", 18

Direct download: yjn-224.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:17pm EDT

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Arab Spring spells uncertainty for Israel, from BBC
Israel's Arab Spring?, from The Huffington Post
Israel must not ignore the Arab Spring, from
Israeli Summer is no Arab Spring, from USA Today
What the Arab Spring Means for Israel and Palestine, from NPR
Has the Arab Spring arrived in Israel?, from Al Jazeera English

Direct download: yjn-223.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:14pm EDT

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The apocalypse in Judaism from Jewish Encyclopedia
Apocalypse Then, from Reform Judaism magazine
Revelation/Apocalypse vs. Torah Prophesies? Apocalyptic Literature in the Old Testament and Early Judaism, a bibliography Apocalypses and the Apocalypse, from Messianic Jewish Musings
Jewish End of Days, a blog dedicated to "a Jewish perspective on the end times and the coming of the Messiah" Judaism section of the Wikipedia listing for "End Time"
Mashiach: The Messiah listing from Judaism 101

Direct download: yjn-222.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:26pm EDT

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The Castle on Hester Street on
Reviews and discussions of The Castle on Hester Street
Linda Heller's Website

Direct download: yjn-221.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:38pm EDT

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Satan from
Jews believe in The Satan, and not in the devil, from
Do Jews Believe in Satan? from
Does Judaism Believe in Satan? from

Direct download: yjn-220.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:23pm EDT

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How to Make Shabbat More Meaningful
Top Ten Ways to Make Shabbat a Fun Family Celebration
"Get Off the Internet, It's Shabbat!"
Is it considered Melacha to use the internet on Shabbat?
Shabbat in the Community
Reimagining Shabbat, by Rabbi Eric H. Yoffe

Direct download: yjn-219.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:43pm EDT

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Relgious Action Center
RAC Facebook page
Temple Isaiah's Confirmation program

Direct download: yjn218.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:52pm EDT

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Passover tunes (the source for this week's music)
Jewish music, including Sephardic tunes 
Passover songs and music
Music for Passover
Passover Music (from Holiday Spot)

Direct download: yjn-217.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:48pm EDT

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Preparing For A Rabbinic Sabbatical From The Perspective Of The Congregational Leadership, from the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation
Sabbatical Preparations, from Rabbi Adam Morris of Denver, Colorado's Temple Micah
Rabbinic Sabbatical Overview (PDF)
Official Bhutan website
Bhutan Travel Information and Travel Guide from Lonely Planet

Direct download: yjn-216.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 8:33pm EDT

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Saving Israel, by Daniel Gordis (from the right)
Saving Israel on
Reviews of "Saving Israel
The Holocaust is Over, by Avraham Burg (from the left)
The Independent's feature story on "The Holocaust is Over"
The Holocaust is Over on

Direct download: yjn-215.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:38pm EDT

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What I Wish My Christian Friends Knew About Judaism
A Yahoo Answers contribution
Jewish Answers to Christian Questions
Our Christan Friends

Direct download: yjn-214.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:08pm EDT

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Your Jewish Neighborhood

This week's links:

American Cantors to Perform at Vatican, from The Jewish Week
Cantor Sally Neff's Vatican Audition (video)
20 Jewish cantors walk into a church -- it's no joke, from JTA
American Conference of Cantors

Direct download: yjn213.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:39pm EDT

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This week's links:

How can I explain death to my Jewish grandchild? from "Ask the Reform Rabbi"
Life, Death and Mourning, from Judaism 101
A Time to Grieve, A Time to Teach, from The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
The Jewish Bereavement Project
How to Talk to Your Kids about Death, from the Jewish Journal
Jewish Beliefs on the Afterlife, from Religion Facts

Direct download: yjn-212.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:23pm EDT