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If I Can Do It, So Can You

If I Can Do It, So Can You If I Can Do It, So Can You Jul 24, 2019|Lloyd H. Bachrach Lloyd H. Bachrach is a member of Emanuel Congregation in Chicago, IL, where he chairs the inclusion committee. A former USA Paralympian in sitting volleyball, Lloyd is a motivational speaker. He is married and has two college-age daughters. Learn more about Lloyd and his work on his website, www.LloydBachrach.com

How My Judaism Inspires My Social Justice Endeavors

How My Judaism Inspires My Social Justice Endeavors How My Judaism Inspires My Social Justice Endeavors Jul 22, 2019|Ellen Olshansky Ellen Olshansky is a member of Congregation Shir Ha-Ma'alot in Irvine, CA, where is is active in NaSHIM, the congregation's sisterhood. In May 2019, she attended the Women of Reform Judaism's (WRJ) social justice conference and is so enthusiastic about the organization's mission and vision that she is now actively engaged with WRJ. Ellen is especially interested in women’s reproductive justice and justice for immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.

How and Why I’m So Committed to Teaching My Kids to Value Diversity

How and Why I’m So Committed to Teaching My Kids to Value Diversity How and Why I’m So Committed to Teaching My Kids to Value Diversity Jul 17, 2019|Rachel Hall Rachel Hall is the program manager on the Audacious Hospitality team at the Union for Reform Judaism. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and communications and a master’s degree in cultural gender studies. Rachel has more than 15 years of experience working with diverse communities in the nonprofit sector, focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

What It Means to Have a Rare Disease in the Family

What It Means to Have a Rare Disease in the Family What It Means to Have a Rare Disease in the Family Jul 10, 2019|Jenny Grossman Jenny Grossmanand her family are members of Temple B’nai Jeshurun in Short Hills, NJ. She serves on the board of the Kleine Levin Syndrome Foundation.

Live Long and Prosper: Words of "Star Trek" and Torah for Jewish Leaders

Live Long and Prosper: Words of "Star Trek" and Torah for Jewish Leaders Live Long and Prosper: Words of "Star Trek" and Torah for Jewish Leaders Jul 02, 2019|Julia Berg Julia Berg is the director of Jewish life at URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy – East, a Reform Jewish summer camp in Byfield, MA. She is a rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles, CA. 

I Attended Jewish Summer Camp 25 Years Late - but It Still Made a Huge Impact

I Attended Jewish Summer Camp 25 Years Late - but It Still Made a Huge Impact I Attended Jewish Summer Camp 25 Years Late - but It Still Made a Huge Impact Jun 27, 2019|Rabbi Jason Levine Rabbi Jason Levine is the associate rabbi of Temple Beth Am in Seattle, WA.

For the Love of Jeff: A Father’s Day Reflection on Mister Rogers’ Most Memorable Young Guest

For the Love of Jeff: A Father’s Day Reflection on Mister Rogers’ Most Memorable Young Guest For the Love of Jeff: A Father’s Day Reflection on Mister Rogers’ Most Memorable Young Guest Jun 13, 2019|Aron Hirt-Manheimer Aron Hirt-Manheimer is the Union for Reform Judaism's editor-at-large.Photo credit: Rose Eichenbaum

Getting Exactly What I Wanted for Father’s Day

Getting Exactly What I Wanted for Father’s Day Getting Exactly What I Wanted for Father’s Day Jun 12, 2019| Rabbi Victor S. Appell Rabbi Victor S. Appell is the Reform community rabbi and senior Jewish educator at Rutgers Hillel in New Brunswick, NJ. He lives with his husband, Colin Hogan, and their two sons, Avi and Lev.

Lessons from the Stadium Seats: A Father's Day Reflection

Lessons from the Stadium Seats: A Father's Day Reflection Lessons from the Stadium Seats: A Father's Day Reflection Jun 12, 2019| Rabbi Richard F. Address, D.Min. Rabbi Richard F. Address, D.Min., is the founder and director of Jewish Sacred Aging® LLC, and its website, jewishsacredaging.com. He hosts a weekly podcast “Seekers of Meaning," which focuses on issues related to baby boomers and their families. He previously served on the staff of the Union for Reform Judaism for more than three decades, first as a regional director and more recently as founding director of Jewish Family Concerns. He also served congregations in California and New Jersey.