Jewish Holidays

How to Turn a Day of Love into Acts of Self-Love

How to Turn a Day of Love into Acts of Self-Love How to Turn a Day of Love into Acts of Self-Love Aug 14, 2019|Rabbi Callie B. Schulman Rabbi Callie Schulman is an associate rabbi at Temple De Hirsch Sinai in Seattle and Bellevue, WA. Originally from Portland, OR, she devotes herself to stretching the tent of the Jewish community to create space for those on the margins and to build and normalize a culture of vulnerability and compassion. 

This Tu B’Av, Rethink Your Biases about Straight and Queer Couples

This Tu B’Av, Rethink Your Biases about Straight and Queer Couples This Tu B’Av, Rethink Your Biases about Straight and Queer Couples Aug 14, 2019|Chris Harrison and Mo Selkirk

Love Beyond Measure: Tishah B’Av, Tu B'Av, and Tel Aviv Pride

Love Beyond Measure: Tishah B’Av, Tu B'Av, and Tel Aviv Pride Love Beyond Measure: Tishah B’Av, Tu B'Av, and Tel Aviv Pride Aug 09, 2019|Dara Lithwick Dara Lithwick is passionate about all things Jewish – the religion, the culture, the food, and the people. She is an advocate for LGBTQIA+ inclusion within diverse Jewish spaces and is currently serving as a Union for Reform Judaism JewV’Nation fellow as part of its LGBTQIA+ leadership cohort. When not working as a lawyer in constitutional and parliamentary law, Dara is completing rabbinical studies through Aleph: Alliance for Jewish Renewal, and is actively involved at Temple Israel Ottawa, her local Reform community. Dara and her partner love chasing their two children around Ottawa.

Hope for Independence and Peace for All

Hope for Independence and Peace for All Hope for Independence and Peace for All Aug 06, 2019|Rabbi Rachel Timoner Rabbi Rachel Timoner is the senior rabbi of Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Parashat D’varim: Escaping my Comfort Zone

Parashat D’varim: Escaping my Comfort Zone Parashat D’varim: Escaping my Comfort Zone Aug 06, 2019|Chris Harrison Chris Harrison is the writer and editor for Audacious Hospitality at the Union for Reform Judaism and a fellow in the 2018 JewV’Nation Fellowship’s Jews of Color Leadership Cohort. A graduate of Miami University in Oxford, OH, he holds a degree in creative writing and film studies. He grew up at Payne Chapel A.M.E. Church in Hamilton, OH, and converted to Judaism at Temple Beth El in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Named one of The Jewish Week’s “36 Under 36,” Chris is passionate about Jewish studies, cinema, health and fitness, and bisexual advocacy in the LGBTQ+ community.

Why I Love the "Awesome Days"

Why I Love the "Awesome Days" Why I Love the "Awesome Days" Aug 01, 2019|Rebecca Bernstein McVeigh Rebecca Bernstein McVeigh is the director of education at Beth Haverim Shir Shalom in Mahwah, NJ.

Why We Are Bearing Witness at the Border

Why We Are Bearing Witness at the Border Why We Are Bearing Witness at the Border Jul 29, 2019|Rabbi Rick Jacobs Rabbi Rick Jacobs is the president of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), the largest Jewish movement in North America, with almost 850 congregations and nearly 1.5 million members. An innovative thought leader, dynamic visionary, and representative of progressive Judaism, he spent 20 years as the spiritual leader of Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, NY. Deeply dedicated to global social justice issues, he has led disaster response efforts in Haiti and Darfur. Learn more about Rabbi Rick Jacobs.  

6 Powerful Jewish Experiences While Traveling Abroad

6 Powerful Jewish Experiences While Traveling Abroad 6 Powerful Jewish Experiences While Traveling Abroad Jul 18, 2019|Kate Bigam Kaput Kate Bigam Kaput is the digital communications manager for the Union for Reform Judaism and, in this role, serves as a content manager and editor for ReformJudaism.org. A prolific essayist and lifestyle blogger, Kate's writing has been featured in The Washington Post, Esquire, Woman's Day, Cleveland Magazine, HeyAlma.com, Jewish Women Archive, and more. Kate grew up at Temple Beth Shalom in Hudson, OH, holds a degree in magazine journalism from Kent State University, and currently lives in Cleveland with her husband, Mike.

How and Why We Must Advocate for a Just Immigration System

How and Why We Must Advocate for a Just Immigration System How and Why We Must Advocate for a Just Immigration System Jul 11, 2019|Rabbi Rick Jacobs Rabbi Rick Jacobs is the president of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), the largest Jewish movement in North America, with almost 850 congregations and nearly 1.5 million members. An innovative thought leader, dynamic visionary, and representative of progressive Judaism, he spent 20 years as the spiritual leader of Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, NY. Deeply dedicated to global social justice issues, he has led disaster response efforts in Haiti and Darfur. Learn more about Rabbi Rick Jacobs.  

Helping Teens Understand Where They Fit in the Jewish Story

Helping Teens Understand Where They Fit in the Jewish Story Helping Teens Understand Where They Fit in the Jewish Story Jul 09, 2019|Rabbi Rich Kirschen Rabbi Rich Kirschen is the director of NFTY in Israel, the Union for Reform Judaism’s teen summer Israel travel program. Kirschen was ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1996. Before making aliyah to Israel, he served as the executive director of the Hillel Foundation at Brown University in Providence, RI. He also served as the University of Michigan Hillel's associate director in Ann Arbor, MI. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife Cara Saposnik, who is the director of international relations at the Sam Spiegel Film School.