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Celebrate the 13th Annual
Jewish Film Festival 

Presented by the JCC of Greater Ann Arbor
May 4-8 at the Michigan Theater


For information on the Jewish Film Festival or to sponsor a film, please contact Karen Freedland at karenfreedland@jccfed.org or 734-971-0990.


OSRUI Adult & Family Programs

LEHRHAUS | Weekends in July, 2014

Lehrhaus is open to all adults interested in lifelong Jewish learning and living. Learn with teachers of extraordinary talent while you relax on the shores of beautiful Lac La Belle. Featured faculty this summer include: Rabbi Andrea Cosnowsky, July 4-6, 2014, discussing Renegades, Rebels and Rogues and False Messiahs and Professor Charles Richter, July 25-27, presenting The American Jewish Experience: On Screen and On the Air. For more information and to register, see our website: http://osrui.urjcamps.org/yearround/programs/lehrhaus/

DALET | Thursday, August 14 - Sunday, August 17, 2014

A Post-Camp OSRUI Experience for Friends, Families & Alumni. Come to OSRUI for a fun-filled weekend of camp activities and Shabbat. Dalet is an opportunity for friends and families, adults and children (up to age 12) to experience a weekend at camp. You'll sleep in cabins, help cook outdoors, participate in camp activities, and celebrate Shabbat OSRUI style! For more information and to register, see our website: http://osrui.urjcamps.org/yearround/programs/tzofimdalet/

URJ Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute and the WRJ Midwest District present MAH JONGG & GAMES WEEKEND | September 12-14, 2014

For mavens and beginners! Come to OSRUI for a great weekend of mah jongg and games: play 'til you drop, improve your skills, meet other mah jongg lovers, share a relaxing Shabbat, and have a great weekend with friends. Mah jongg instruction will be available, and games will be organized by skill level. Participants are welcome to organize other games as well -- canasta, cribbage or bridge anyone? Registration opens June 1. For more information, see our website: http://osrui.urjcamps.org/yearround/mah_jongg_weekend/

Voluneer Celebration | Tuesday, April 22 | 6 pm. Join Friends In Deed as we honor our volunteers and celebrate our year! Come to the Annual Dinner on Tuesday, April 22 at 6 pm at St. Luke Lutheran in Ann Arbor. The cost is $50/person or $90/couple. Contact the office for more details or register online on our website: www.friendsindeed.info.  We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, April 9 | 4 pm | Michael Miller, Central European University
History-Writing and Myth-Making: The Khazars in the Hungarian Jewish Imagination

202 S. Thayer St., 2022 Thayer

In 1884, Sámuel Kohn, rabbi of Budapest's Great Synagogue, published A History of the Jews in Hungary: From Ancient Times to the Battle of Mohács, in which he propagated a new theory about the ancient origins of Hungarian Jewry.   Hungary's Jews, he argued, were descended from the Khazar tribes who took part in the conquest of the Carpathian Basin in 896 C.E.  The Khazar hypothesis gained considerable acceptance in Hungarian scholarly and popular circles and became a key facet of Hungarian-Jewish identity, especially among self-defined "Hungarians of the Mosaic Persuasion."  It is hardly a coincidence that Arthur Koestler, who popularized this theory in the 1970s and even claimed Khazar origins for all of Ashkenazic Jewry, was himself a native of Budapest. Read more

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Two Great Opportunities for Teen Israel Travel Financial Assistance:
Susan L. Lichter Memorial Endowed Israel Scholarship Fund and the Federation Subsidy for Teens
If you know a teen who is planning to go to Israel within the next 12 months on an organized program, please have him or her apply for the Susan L. Lichter Memorial Endowed Israel Scholarship Fund and/or the Federation Subsidy for Teens by visiting
Please note, the deadline for applications is Wednesday, April 16.

Have you been inside other sacred spaces in town?  Would you like to hear a religious leader from another faith tradition speak about his/her beliefs or practices?  If either of these interest you, why not take advantage of our spring session that will take us to four such “places of faith”?  Come and visit with us.  Ask questions.  Meet people from other traditions and learn how other people practice.  

The April session:  7-9 pm

-  Thursday, 4/3 - Ann Arbor Reconstructionist Congregation (Jewish)
-  Thursday, 4/10 - St. Vladimir Orthodox Church (Russian Orthodox)

Cost:  $50 for all four visits, including a course pack and refreshments.  For reservations call 734-424-1535 or email gbrides@umich.edu.  Limit 25 people.

Dawn Farm | Free Education Programs on Addiction and Recovery

November 19 will bring back a very popular program on "Intervention" by best-selling authors and Intervention specialists Jeff and Debra Jay. New programs include a presentation on "Cultivating Mindfulness to Support Recovery" by U of M Research Assistant Professor Dr. Libby Robinson, and a program addressing the critically important topic of "Relapse Prevention" by Dawn Farm therapist Erik Anderson. Additional programs will address family recovery, co-occurring addiction and psychiatric illness, trauma, grief and loss, domestic violence, physiology of addiction, Collegiate Recovery programs, spirituality, 12 Step programs, tobacco cessation, eating disorders and more.

For additional information including a schedule and flier, please see http://www.dawnfarm.org/programs/education-series or contact 734/485-8725 or info@dawnfarm.org.


Participants will have the opportunity to earn badges as they are exposed to  

and learn skills such as:

Basic First Aid   


Jewish and Folk Songs



Basic Hebrew


Knife Handling



Camping Safety

Fire Building


Plant/Tree Identification

Tent Building and Site Preparation

Canoe and Kayak


Nature Crafts


Whittling/Wood Working




Questions? Contact Ethan Krasnow at ethankrasnow@jccfed.org or 971-0990