Study course on Jewish topics completes five-month study of texts over weekend.
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Jews in several US cities and Canada have participated in a program designed to improve their knowledge of Judaism and bring them closer to their faith.
This weekend a two-hour event - "Jewish Unity Live 2006" - is being held at a hotel in New Brunswick, New Jersey, to celebrate the completion of one such program.
The study course appeals to Jews who want to learn more about their heritage without committing to longer, more rigorous studies. The aim was to get 1,000 Jews to attend the program in 10 cities, leading to the program's name, "10,000 Jews in the Know."
The event and program were started by rabbis at Torah Links, a New Jersey-based organization that promotes Jewish learning, working with a similar organization in Atlanta.
"This is for Jewish people who want to learn, who want to study, who want to increase their knowledge of the Torah and Jewish learning," said Rabbi Yehuda Farber, one of the organizers.
The idea is to get Jews, many of whom haven't studied a word of Jewish literature since their bar or bat mitzvahs, involved in studying their heritage during a concentrated period that fits into people's busy lives.
Jews from all walks of life are encouraged to select one Jewish text and read it beginning in November and culminating in Sunday's celebration. The ceremony will include people reading from their texts, a musical presentation, a short film and a guest speaker.
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