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October 8, 2021

Shabbat Shalom! Candlelighting begins tonight at 6:46pm. On Saturday, Shabbat ends at 7:44pm.

Federation News

Community High Holiday Sermons are Here
The greater Ann Arbor community is a wealth of thoughtful reflection, and the High Holidays allow leaders of our communal organizations to shine. Federation is pleased to share with you sermons and reflections from around the community.

Click the button below to find words and videos from Rabbi Ora Nitkin-Kaner (Ann Arbor Reconstructionist Congregation), Rabba Yael Keller (Ann Arbor Orthodox Minyan), Rabbi Nadav Caine (Beth Israel Congregation), Tilly Shemer (Michigan Hillel), Reb Elliot Ginsburg (Pardes Hannah), and Rabbis Daniel Alter and Josh Whinston (Temple Beth Emeth).

This year's topics include: "Carrying Our Imperfections Gently in Our Hearts," "Productivity or Presence? Changing our Relationship to Time," and a series of reflections on the theme "Surfing the Ebb and Flow."
Explore High Holiday Sermons from Around Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor Federation signs on to Open Letter from the Jewish Community to President Biden on the Uyghur Genocide
The Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor is proud to have signed on to an open letter to the Biden Administration from synagogues, rabbis, and other leaders of Jewish religious institutions and community organizations across the country asking the Biden administration to prioritize human rights in US policy toward China.

You can view the text of the letter and even sign your name as an individual by clicking the button below.

The Uyghur are an ethnic Turkic minority who have faced decades of persecution in China. In recent years, the Uyghur have been subjected to atrocities including forced labor and deportation. In January 2021, the United States determined that the crimes being committed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) amounted to genocide.
View the Open Letter on Ughur Genocide
How are you feeling? You're not alone if you need a Lift.
These days, managing your mental and emotional well-being can be anything but easy. That’s why the Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor is partnering with the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit to offer a cost-free way to do just that!

Mood Lifters is an innovative program that was developed by researchers at the University of Michigan and designed to help everyone — from people who are experiencing significant anxiety and depression to those who simply want to learn new strategies to help them thrive.

The program is free, and new group sessions begin in October and November. Now is the time to sign up!
Join a Mood Lifters Group
Over 5,000 members of Jewish communities come together
This past Sunday October 3 was the General Assembly (GA) of the Jewish Federations of North America, an annual gathering that explores the most important issues of today's Jewish communal life.

This year's virtual gathering welcomed over 5,000 people from all over North America. The program featured President of Israel Isaac Herzog, Former Ambassador Nikki Haley, Ethiopian-Israeli Eurovision star Eden Alene, and many more. You can read more about this year's GA in the Jerusalem Post's coverage, or click the button below to watch the full recording.
Relive the General Assembly

Spotlight: Our Community Partners

Stay up to date with stories from our community partners in Ann Arbor, Israel and around the world

Temple Beth Emeth

It’s a new school year, and TBE youth groups are back!
This past Sunday October 3rd was Temple Beth Emeth's Tie-Dye under the tent event, and it was amazing!  23 children attended, from across TBE's three youth groups: Kadima (6th-8th grade), Rishonim (3rd-5th grade), Shorashim (K-2nd grade).

It was so wonderful to have so many kids back together again - in person! Participants tie-dyed everything from masks to t-shirts, from sweatshirts to pillowcases and so much more. When they weren’t tie-dying, kids were talking, laughing, playing, and feeling excited about being back together.

Hillel at University of Michigan

Paid internship opportunity for UM students
Michigan Hillel's Advancement (Development/Fundraising) department is looking for a paid student intern to join their team for this school year. This internship is a great opportunity for any U of M student interested in entering the nonprofit world and will provide hands-on experience and mentorship.

Students interested should reach out to Nicole Caine, Michigan Hillel's Associate Director of Advancement at

Network of Jewish Human Services Agencies

MOED Healing: A Space for Jewish people of color
The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) & The Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies have partnered to create MOED Healing, a communal space that will tend to the minds and hearts of Jewish people of color and relieve some of the stress of racially charged interactions in their daily lives. There are four upcoming sessions.
Register for MOED Healing

Jewish Geography

Interesting and thought-provoking stories from around the Jewish world

Marcia Freedman, First American Woman in Knesset, Dies at 83
As a radical gay feminist in historically patriarchal Israel, Ms. Freedman was under constant criticism and was often dismissed by her colleagues. NYT.

German singer says hotel staff asked him to hide his Star of David
Employees at the Westin in Leipzig investigated over claims made by Gil Ofarim in emotional video. The Guardian.

City, Producers to Pay Woman Over Gender Segregation at Jerusalem Conference
The parties involved in the lawsuit, including former Ann Arborite Ilana Blumberg, reached a compromise and agreed not to refer to the payment as 'compensation'. Haaretz.

Review: Tree of Life book’s author finds kindness in the darkness
In “Squirrel Hill: The Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting and the Soul of a Neighborhood,” Mark Oppenheimer draws on interviews with 250 people to provide an evocative, empathetic and emotional account of responses to this unfathomable slaughter. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
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