Jewish Holidays

Cold: Prayer for a Chilly Shabbat

Cold: Prayer for a Chilly Shabbat Cold: Prayer for a Chilly Shabbat Feb 01, 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.

3 Radical Facts About Martin Luther King Jr. and How to Honor His Full Legacy

3 Radical Facts About Martin Luther King Jr. and How to Honor His Full Legacy 3 Radical Facts About Martin Luther King Jr. and How to Honor His Full Legacy Jan 17, 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.

How We're "Rooting" Reform Judaism in the Sands of Holon

How We're "Rooting" Reform Judaism in the Sands of Holon Jan 17, 2019|Rabbi Galit Cohen Kedem How We're "Rooting" Reform Judaism in the Sands of Holon

Wildfire Recovery: A Tu BiShvat Tale

Wildfire Recovery: A Tu BiShvat Tale Wildfire Recovery: A Tu BiShvat Tale Jan 17, 2019|Juliette Hirt Juliette Hirt lives in San Francisco and works in Oakland. She practices law, parenting, and pottery.

Planting “Trees” to Fulfill the Dream of Israel’s Founders

Planting “Trees” to Fulfill the Dream of Israel’s Founders Planting “Trees” to Fulfill the Dream of Israel’s Founders Jan 15, 2019|Rabbi Ofek Meir Rabbi Ofek Meir, headmaster and managing director of the Leo Baeck Education Center, has held numerous other positions with the Center. He also served as the director of the Israeli rabbinical program at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem, from which he was ordained and earned a master’s degree in Jewish education. He also holds a musician’s degree in classical guitar from the Royal College of Music in London.

The Small Miracle I Found in a Tel Aviv Café

The Small Miracle I Found in a Tel Aviv Café The Small Miracle I Found in a Tel Aviv Café Jan 08, 2019|Casey Wright Casey Wright is the Union for Reform Judaism's recruitment and marketing director for URJ Heller High. Casey grew up in Cincinnati, OH, as a member of Wise Temple, and graduated from the University of Michigan in 2015. She currently lives in New York City.

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.