Jewish Holidays

How My Kippah is Both a Symbol of Pride and a Target for Hate

How My Kippah is Both a Symbol of Pride and a Target for Hate How My Kippah is Both a Symbol of Pride and a Target for Hate Apr 23, 2019|Cantor Katie Oringel Cantor Katie Oringel serves as cantor and youth director at Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto. She received her ordination and masters of sacred music from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in 2009 and a certificate in Jewish education specializing in adolescents and emerging adults in 2014. In 2019, she received a certificate in Jewish leadership from Spertus Institute in partnership with Northwestern University.

How Shared Narratives Can Foster Hope for Healing

How Shared Narratives Can Foster Hope for Healing How Shared Narratives Can Foster Hope for Healing Apr 22, 2019| Rabbi Daniel Mikelberg Rabbi Daniel Mikelberg serves Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto. He was ordained at the Los Angeles campus of Hebrew Union College –- Jewish Institute of Religion in 2008. Growing up, he was active in the youth group at Temple Sholom in Vancouver, British Columbia, as well as in NFTY Northwest and URJ Camp Swig-Newman.

Empty Chairs and Stained Napkins: A Passover Prayer for Peace

Empty Chairs and Stained Napkins: A Passover Prayer for Peace Empty Chairs and Stained Napkins: A Passover Prayer for Peace Apr 19, 2019|Rabbi David Wirtschafter Rabbi David Wirtschafter is the rabbi of Temple Adath Israel in Lexington, KY. Confronting violence in classic Jewish texts and contemporary society is the focus of his work in progress, The Torah They Never Taught You, Bad Stories from The Good Book.

7 Ideas for Observing Yom HaShoah This Year

7 Ideas for Observing Yom HaShoah This Year 7 Ideas for Observing Yom HaShoah This Year Apr 18, 2019|B. Lana Guggenheim B. Lana Guggenheim is the communications associate for the Union for Reform Judaism. She graduated with a BA from Hunter College and an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has worked as a journalist, editor, and analyst covering international affairs, Jewish life, and Israel affairs for Jewcy, Tablet, the Forward, South EU Summit, and more.

What Foods Will Make Passover Meaningful for You?

What Foods Will Make Passover Meaningful for You? What Foods Will Make Passover Meaningful for You? Apr 17, 2019| Jane E. Herman Jane E. Herman , a.k.a. JanetheWriter, is the senior writer and editor at the Union for Reform Judaism. She is a graduate of Lafayette College in Easton, PA, and holds a master's degree in public administration from the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College, part of the City University of New York (CUNY) system. She grew up at Temple Emanu-El in Edison, NJ, and now belongs to Temple Shaaray Tefila in New York City. A proud New Yorker, she loves books, fountain pens, social media, Words with Friends, mah jongg, and all things Jewish. She blogs at JanetheWriter Writes.

Let My Popcorn Go: Rethinking Passover’s Forbidden Foods

Let My Popcorn Go: Rethinking Passover’s Forbidden Foods Let My Popcorn Go: Rethinking Passover’s Forbidden Foods Apr 17, 2019|Juliette Hirt Juliette Hirt lives in San Francisco and works in Oakland. She practices law, parenting, and pottery.

Election Results in Israel: What Do They Mean for Reform Jews?

Election Results in Israel: What Do They Mean for Reform Jews? Election Results in Israel: What Do They Mean for Reform Jews? Apr 16, 2019|Rabbi Josh Weinberg Rabbi Josh Weinberg is the vice president of the Union for Reform Judaism for Israel and Reform Zionism and is the executive director of ARZA, the Association of Reform Zionists of America.

Host a More Welcoming Seder with This Potato Kugel - Yes, Really!

Host a More Welcoming Seder with This Potato Kugel - Yes, Really! Host a More Welcoming Seder with This Potato Kugel - Yes, Really! Apr 16, 2019|Deborah Fishman Shelby Deborah Fishman Shelby is the founder of FED, a platform for ideas built into an inclusive Jewish intentional community in Harlem, New York City. With this initiative, she was an inaugural JewV’Nation fellow with the Union for Reform Judaism.

The Passover Seder’s Four Children and LGBTQ Inclusion: Moving Toward Full Hospitality

The Passover Seder’s Four Children and LGBTQ Inclusion: Moving Toward Full Hospitality The Passover Seder’s Four Children and LGBTQ Inclusion: Moving Toward Full Hospitality Apr 15, 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.

Food, Faith, and Family: Three Poems for Passover

Food, Faith, and Family: Three Poems for Passover Food, Faith, and Family: Three Poems for Passover Apr 15, 2019|Bruce Black Bruce Black is the author of Writing Yoga (Rodmell Press/Shambhala) and editorial director of The Jewish Writing Project. He received his BA from Columbia University and his MFA from Vermont College. His work has appeared in Poetica, Elephant Journal, Blue Lyra Review, Tiferet Journal, The Jewish Literary Journal, Mindbodygreen, LA Yoga, OM Yoga, Yogi Times, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and elsewhere. He lives in Sarasota, FL.