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6 Things I’ve Learned as the Mom of a Transgender Teen

6 Things I’ve Learned as the Mom of a Transgender Teen Jun 27, 2018| Alisa Gold 6 Things I’ve Learned as the Mom of a Transgender Teen

What a Feminist Looks Like: A Dad’s Reflections on His First Father’s Day

What a Feminist Looks Like: A Dad’s Reflections on His First Father’s Day What a Feminist Looks Like: A Dad’s Reflections on His First Father’s Day Jun 14, 2018|Isaac Nuell Isaac Nuell, the Union for Reform Judaism’s assistant director of North American events, lives in Raleigh, NC. He is a proud product of NFTY: The Reform Jewish Youth Movement and a former staff member at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.

Four Men Who Made a Difference in My Life

Four Men Who Made a Difference in My Life Four Men Who Made a Difference in My Life Jun 13, 2018|Jerry Kaye Jerry Kaye is the immediate past director of URJ Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI) in Oconomowoc, WI, which he headed for 48 years.

Raising Resilient Teenagers: Resources That Can Help

Raising Resilient Teenagers: Resources That Can Help Raising Resilient Teenagers: Resources That Can Help May 23, 2018|Rabbi P.J. Schwartz Rabbi P.J. Schwartz is the rabbi educator at Congregation Shir Hadash in Los Gatos, CA. He is married to his college sweetheart, Michelle, a special education teacher.

Shavuot Backyard Fun: Making Blueberry Balsamic Ice Cream

Shavuot Backyard Fun: Making Blueberry Balsamic Ice Cream May 15, 2018|Hannah Riederer Shavuot Backyard Fun: Making Blueberry Balsamic Ice Cream

13 Heart-Warming Jewish Stories about Moms for this Mother’s Day

13 Heart-Warming Jewish Stories about Moms for this Mother’s Day 13 Heart-Warming Jewish Stories about Moms for this Mother’s Day May 11, 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. 

A Mother’s Day Wish: An Interview with My 96-Year-Old Mother

A Mother’s Day Wish: An Interview with My 96-Year-Old Mother A Mother’s Day Wish: An Interview with My 96-Year-Old Mother May 10, 2018|Aron Hirt-Manheimer Aron Hirt-Manheimer is the Union for Reform Judaism's editor-at-large.Photo credit: Rose Eichenbaum

Shavuot: Counting Up to the Celebration

Shavuot: Counting Up to the Celebration Shavuot: Counting Up to the Celebration May 03, 2018|Stacey Delcau, RJE Stacey Delcau, RJE, is the director of education at Temple De Hirsch Sinai in Seattle, WA. She is a graduate of the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles, CA. Having grown up and worked in the Denver, CO, community for many years, she is a frequent contributor to the Mazeltogether blog, which is based in Colorado.

The Day I Discovered I’m Not Italian: Lessons from My DNA Test

The Day I Discovered I’m Not Italian: Lessons from My DNA Test The Day I Discovered I’m Not Italian: Lessons from My DNA Test Apr 18, 2018|Rabbi Sharon G. Forman Rabbi Sharon G. Forman was raised in Norfolk, VA, and was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1994. She works in the field of Jewish education, and has served as a b’nai mitzvah teacher at Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, NY for the last 12 years. She is the author of Honest Answers to Your Child’s Jewish Questions and The Baseball Haggadah: A Festival of Freedom and Springtime in 15 Innings, which makes the seder accessible for lovers of these two springtime rituals. Her essays on motherhood have appeared in Literary Mama, Mamalode, Mothers Always Write, The Bitter Southerner, Kveller, Parent.co, and ReformJudaism.org. She resides in Westchester County, NY, with her husband and three children.

5 Ways to Celebrate Israel’s Independence Day with Young Children

5 Ways to Celebrate Israel’s Independence Day with Young Children 5 Ways to Celebrate Israel’s Independence Day with Young Children Apr 17, 2018|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.