Jewish Holidays

Sukkot, Diversity, and Unity: How Each of Us Is Like the Four Species

Sukkot, Diversity, and Unity: How Each of Us Is Like the Four Species Sukkot, Diversity, and Unity: How Each of Us Is Like the Four Species Oct 13, 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.

Canadian Thanksgiving: A Turkey in the Sukkah?

Canadian Thanksgiving: A Turkey in the Sukkah? Canadian Thanksgiving: A Turkey in the Sukkah? Oct 10, 2019|Cantor Katie Oringel Cantor Katie Oringel served as cantor and youth director at Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto for the past 10 years. An alumna of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, in 2009, she earned a master’s degree in sacred music and was ordained, and in 2014 she completed a certificate in Jewish education specializing in adolescents and emerging adults. In 2019, she received a certificate in Jewish leadership from Spertus Institute in partnership with Northwestern University.  

4 New Sukkah Blessings To Try This Year

4 New Sukkah Blessings To Try This Year 4 New Sukkah Blessings To Try This Year Oct 09, 2019| Rabbi Matt Dreffin

Our Migrant First Family: Abraham Passed the Test, but Will We?

Our Migrant First Family: Abraham Passed the Test, but Will We? Our Migrant First Family: Abraham Passed the Test, but Will We? Oct 07, 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.  

What Does Fasting on Yom Kippur Mean to You? 7 Jews Share Their Perspectives

What Does Fasting on Yom Kippur Mean to You? 7 Jews Share Their Perspectives What Does Fasting on Yom Kippur Mean to You? 7 Jews Share Their Perspectives Oct 07, 2019|Deborah Rood Goldman Deborah Rood Goldman, a longtime member of the Garden City Jewish Center in Garden City, NY, is the congregation’s immediate past president. She is a digital communications producer on the Union for Reform Judaism's marketing and communications team.  A native New Yorker, Deborah grew up on Long Island, and holds a bachelor’s degree in American civilization from Brown University and a master’s degree in library science from Queens College. 

What Do We Really Mean When We Apologize?

What Do We Really Mean When We Apologize? What Do We Really Mean When We Apologize? Oct 03, 2019|Betsy Stone, Ph.D. Betsy S. Stone, Ph.D., a psychologist, is an adjunct member of the faculty at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, NY, and a member of Temple Sinai in Stamford, CT, where she teaches a family education class for 6th and 7th graders and their parents. Dr. Stone is a sought after public speaker, leading workshops on topics on teen brains, character building, working with Gen-X parents, and other topics.

Kol Nidrei: A Poem

Kol Nidrei: A Poem Kol Nidrei: A Poem Oct 03, 2019|Rick Lupert Rick Lupert is a songleader, poet and graphic designer in Los Angeles who has been involved with L.A. poetry since 1990. He created the Poetry Super Highway and has hosted the weekly Cobalt Cafe reading since 1994. He’s authored 21 collections of poetry, including God Wrestler and Donut Famine, and edited A Poet’s Siddur, A Poet’s Haggadah, the Noir anthology The Night Goes on All Night, and Ekphrastia Gone Wild under his imprint Ain’t Got No Press. He is regularly featured at venues throughout Southern California and works as a music teacher and graphic designer for anyone who would like to help pay his mortgage. Rick Lupert is a Southern California poet, songleader and graphic designer. He is the author of the book God Wrestler: A Poem for Every Torah Portion, along with 22 other collections of poetry. He met his wife at the Reform Jewish Movement’s songleader retreat Hava Nashira Songleading and Music Institute, which he has attended every year since 1996. Rick lives with his wife, 10-year-old son Jude, and five cats (which apparently is more cats than he legally should have). Visit him on the web at poetrysuperhighway.com.

Why I'm Wishing My Fellow Jews a "Happy Yom Kippur"

Why I'm Wishing My Fellow Jews a "Happy Yom Kippur" Why I'm Wishing My Fellow Jews a "Happy Yom Kippur" Oct 02, 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.

How Can We Find Hope and Faith in the Face of Death?

How Can We Find Hope and Faith in the Face of Death? How Can We Find Hope and Faith in the Face of Death? Oct 02, 2019|Deborah Rood Goldman Deborah Rood Goldman, a longtime member of the Garden City Jewish Center in Garden City, NY, is the congregation’s immediate past president. She is a digital communications producer on the Union for Reform Judaism's marketing and communications team.  A native New Yorker, Deborah grew up on Long Island, and holds a bachelor’s degree in American civilization from Brown University and a master’s degree in library science from Queens College. 

3 Prayers for the Jewish New Year

3 Prayers for the Jewish New Year 3 Prayers for the Jewish New Year Sep 23, 2019|Kate 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.