Jewish Holidays

Creating Torah from Challah and Challah from Torah

Creating Torah from Challah and Challah from Torah Creating Torah from Challah and Challah from Torah Jun 18, 2019|Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz lectures about chocolate and Judaism around the world based on her book, On the Chocolate Trail: A Delicious Adventure Connecting Jews, Religions, History, Travel, Rituals and Recipes to the Magic of Cacao (second edition, Jewish Lights). She co-curated the exhibit “Semi[te] Sweet: On Jews and Chocolate” for the Herbert and Eileen Bernard Museum at Temple Emanu-El in New York City, now available to travel to your community. Most recently she has launched the #chocolatebabkaproject, an exploration of celebratory breads.

Choosing Judaism: Why One Grandmother Made a Public Commitment

Choosing Judaism: Why One Grandmother Made a Public Commitment Choosing Judaism: Why One Grandmother Made a Public Commitment Jun 06, 2019|Heather Mendel Heather Mendel, a South African born author, artist, and consciousness counselor, is drawn to the call of the mystical where myth and metaphor reside. Her books, Dancing In the Footsteps of Eve and Towards Freedom: A Feminist Haggadah for Men and Women, and other writings in feminist and spiritual journals continue to awaken an interest in Judaism, feminism, and spirituality. She is married to Rabbi Norman Mendel, the spiritual leader of Temple Beth El in Glens Fall, NY, and they live in Saratoga County, NY.

When Your Child Teaches You About Revelation

When Your Child Teaches You About Revelation When Your Child Teaches You About Revelation Jun 06, 2019|Rabbi Sara Y. Sapadin Rabbi Sara Y. Sapadin is a rabbi and mother of four. Ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), Sara currently serves Temple Emanu-El in New York City as an associate rabbi. Sara has written for a number of Jewish publications and is also a proud contributor to The Sacred Calling: Four Decades of Women in the Rabbinate (CCAR Press). She, her husband Danny, and their children reside in New York City, where they are raising their dog to be Jewish.

Remembering the Lessons of Two Different Ruths

Remembering the Lessons of Two Different Ruths Remembering the Lessons of Two Different Ruths Jun 03, 2019|Cantor Barbara J. Ostfeld Cantor Barbara J. Ostfeld, the Reform Movement’s first ordained woman cantor, served the American Conference of Cantors in numerous roles, including as its placement director. She is the author of the new memoir, Catbird: The Ballad of Barbi Prim, and her essays have appeared in The Reform Jewish Quarterly, The Lilith Blog, and New Jewish Feminism.

6 Deliciously Dairy-Free Recipes for Shavuot

6 Deliciously Dairy-Free Recipes for Shavuot 6 Deliciously Dairy-Free Recipes for Shavuot May 29, 2019|Kate Kaput Kate (Bigam) Kaput is the digital communications manager for the Union for Reform Judaism, serving as a content manager and editor for ReformJudaism.org. She is a proud alumna of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism’s Eisendrath Legislative Assistant fellowship and also served as the RAC's press secretary. A native Ohioan, Kate grew up at Temple Beth Shalom in Hudson, OH, and holds a degree in magazine journalism from Kent State University. She lives in Cleveland with her husband, Mike. 

How To Make Your Own Cheese in Celebration of Shavuot

How To Make Your Own Cheese in Celebration of Shavuot How To Make Your Own Cheese in Celebration of Shavuot May 28, 2019|Aron Hirt-Manheimer Aron Hirt-Manheimer is the Union for Reform Judaism's editor-at-large.Photo credit: Rose Eichenbaum

My Very First Shabbat: Looking Back

My Very First Shabbat: Looking Back My Very First Shabbat: Looking Back May 23, 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 A.M.E. Chapel in Hamilton, OH, and converted to Judaism at Temple Beth El in Bloomfield Hills, MI, to reconnect to his ancestral roots. He is the co-author of an essay, “If Not Now When, If Not Together, then Never,” that appears in Holding Fast: Jews Respond to American Gun Violence. Chris has a passion for writing, Jewish studies, cinema, and staying active while at the gym and exploring New York City.

3 Questions to Ask on Israel Independence Day

3 Questions to Ask on Israel Independence Day 3 Questions to Ask on Israel Independence Day May 08, 2019|Rabbi Josh Weinberg Rabbi Josh Weinberg is the Union for Reform Judaism’s vice president for Israel and Reform Zionism and the executive director of ARZA, the Association of Reform Zionists of America.

Bearing Witness Today: Delayed Grief and Yom HaZikaron

Bearing Witness Today: Delayed Grief and Yom HaZikaron Bearing Witness Today: Delayed Grief and Yom HaZikaron May 07, 2019|Rabbi Seth L. Bernstein, D. Min. Rabbi Seth L. Bernstein is the spiritual leader of Bet Aviv in Columbia, MD; a Board Certified chaplain; and the disaster spiritual care lead of the Greater Chesapeake Region of the American Red Cross. His most recent deployment was in October 2018 when he was one of three American Red Cross disaster spiritual care team members to respond to the shootings in the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA.

What God Is and What God Is Not

What God Is and What God Is Not What God Is and What God Is Not May 01, 2019|Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs is a former president of the World Union for Progressive Judaism and rabbi emeritus of Congregation Beth Israel in West Hartford, CT. He currently serves Bat Yam Temple of the Islands in Sanibel, FL. A prolific writer, he is the author of several books, the most recent of which is …And Often the First Jew. Rabbi Fuchs earned a D. Min in Biblical Interpretation from Vanderbilt Divinity School, which, in 2017, named him its “Distinguished Alumnus of the Year.”