Jewish Holidays

How I Feel as a Jew During Christmas

How I Feel as a Jew During Christmas Dec 13, 2018|Juliette Hirt How I Feel as a Jew During Christmas

How Midrash and Commentary Help Us Read Between the Lines

How Midrash and Commentary Help Us Read Between the Lines How Midrash and Commentary Help Us Read Between the Lines Dec 11, 2018| Hannah Caspar-Johnson Hannah Caspar-Johnson, a senior at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where she studies anthropology, economics, and Chinese, is an intern at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC). She is from Wilmington, DE, where she is a member of Congregation Beth Emeth.

The Gay Synagogue I Didn’t Know I Needed

The Gay Synagogue I Didn’t Know I Needed The Gay Synagogue I Didn’t Know I Needed Dec 05, 2018|Rabbi Max Chaiken Rabbi Max Chaiken serves as the assistant rabbi at Congregation Kol Ami in West Hollywood, CA. He was ordained from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2018, and lives in Altadena, CA, with his husband, Rabbi Danny Shapiro, and their dog Oogie. Connect with him on Facebook or Twitter.

A Familiar Conversation with a Family Twist

A Familiar Conversation with a Family Twist A Familiar Conversation with a Family Twist Dec 05, 2018|Robin Eisenberg, RJE Robin Eisenberg, RJE, is the director of Jewish learning and living emerita at Temple Beth El in Boca Raton, FL. Active as a Reform Movement leader, she is a past president of the Association of Reform Jewish Educators (ARJE), a longtime faculty member during leadership and staff week at URJ Camp Coleman, and the inaugural recipient of ARJE’s Rebecca Gratz Award for lifelong contributions to congregational education.

Is This Real Life? A "Bohemian Rhapsody" Hanukkah Parody

Is This Real Life? A "Bohemian Rhapsody" Hanukkah Parody Is This Real Life? A "Bohemian Rhapsody" Hanukkah Parody Nov 29, 2018|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. 

Ma’oz Tzur for Pittsburgh: A Reading for Hanukkah

Ma’oz Tzur for Pittsburgh: A Reading for Hanukkah Ma’oz Tzur for Pittsburgh: A Reading for Hanukkah Nov 29, 2018|Alden Solovy   Alden Solovy is a liturgist, poet, and teacher. His teaching spans from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem to Limmud UK and synagogues throughout the U.S. Before making aliyah to Israel in 2012, Alden was a member of Beth Emet-The Free Synagogue, Evanston, IL, and a regular participant in worship at B'nai Jeshoshua Beth Elohim, Deerfield, IL. He’s the author of Jewish Prayers of Hope and Healing. His writing also appears in several CCAR Press books, including two anthologies of his work, This Grateful Heart: Psalms and Prayers for a New Day, and his latest book, This Joyous Soul: A New Voice for Ancient Yearnings.  

Why I Observed Havdalah Alone - and What it Taught Me

Why I Observed Havdalah Alone - and What it Taught Me Why I Observed Havdalah Alone - and What it Taught Me Nov 27, 2018|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 Who Created God?:and Other Essays. Rabbi Fuchs earned a D.Min in Biblical Interpretation from Vanderbilt Divinity School, which, in 2017, named him its “Distinguished Alumnus of the Year.”

8 Great Books for Jewish Children of Color

8 Great Books for Jewish Children of Color 8 Great Books for Jewish Children of Color Nov 26, 2018|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. He is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, OH, and 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 has a passion for writing, Jewish studies, cinema, and staying active while at the gym and exploring New York City.