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Conservative Judaism leader to reveal new course Feb. 1


article created on: 2011-01-15T00:00:00

Portlanders will be among the first in the nation to hear details about the new course that the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism plans to follow when Rabbi Steven Wernick, USCJ CEO, speaks at Congregation Neveh Shalom Feb.  1 at 7 p.m.
In a rare visit of a national leader of one of the major Jewish movements, Wernick will visit Portland and speak at a free gathering open to the public.
“I think it’s a rare occurrence for the national leader of a movement to be here in Portland to talk to us directly,” said Neveh Shalom Executive Director Fred Rothstein.
He encouraged anyone interested in learning how Conservative synagogues will move forward to attend the Feb. 1 talk.
Since March 2010, the USCJ has been working with Hayom: The Coalition for the Transformation of Conservative Judaism, on a strategic plan that will chart a new course for United Synagogue, and eventually for the rest of the Conservative movement. This strategic plan is scheduled to be concluded in January 2011, just before Wernick’s visit to Portland. 
During his talk, Wernick also will highlight what is happening with Conservative Judaism around the world, particularly in Israel with the Rotem Bills.
Congregation Neveh Shalom is located at 2900 SW Peaceful Lane. For more information, call 503-246-8831.

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