Reform Judaism Blog

Choose Life: A Jewish Way to Affirm Coming Out Day

Choose Life: A Jewish Way to Affirm Coming Out Day Choose Life: A Jewish Way to Affirm Coming Out Day Oct 10, 2019|Alisa Gold

I Spent the Last Day of Summer Break Lobbying My State Senator

I Spent the Last Day of Summer Break Lobbying My State Senator I Spent the Last Day of Summer Break Lobbying My State Senator Sep 17, 2019|Jonah Bookman

Why Tot Shabbat is Great for Kids – and the Whole Family

Why Tot Shabbat is Great for Kids – and the Whole Family Why Tot Shabbat is Great for Kids – and the Whole Family Sep 12, 2019|Robert Schurz Robert Schurz is the assistant vice president/writer, content developer for the New York City Economic Development Corporation. He grew up in Huntington, N.Y., and graduated from The State University of New York at Binghamton in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in history.  

Stopping at a Jewish Camp on the Way from Uganda to Rabbinical School

Stopping at a Jewish Camp on the Way from Uganda to Rabbinical School Stopping at a Jewish Camp on the Way from Uganda to Rabbinical School Sep 11, 2019|Shoshanna Nambi Shoshanna Nambi, a member of Uganda’s Abayudaya Jewish community, is a second-year student at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York.

Seeking a Minyan in Disneyland... with Middle Schoolers

Seeking a Minyan in Disneyland... with Middle Schoolers Seeking a Minyan in Disneyland... with Middle Schoolers Sep 09, 2019|Rabbi Paul Kipnes Rabbi Paul Kipnes the spiritual leader of Congregation Or Ami in Calabasas, CA. He serves as rabbinic dean at URJ Camp Newman in Santa Rosa, CA, and as vice president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. Rabbi Kipnes and his wife Michelle November co-wrote Jewish Spiritual Parenting: Wisdom, Activities, Rituals and Prayers for Raising Children with Spiritual Balance and Emotional Wholeness (Jewish Lights). He also co-edited a national CCAR Journal issue on New Visions for Jewish Community. Under his leadership, Congregation Or Ami has won national awards for social justice programming, for innovative worship programming, for outreach to interfaith families, and for engaging family education, and for best overall use of technology in a synagogue. Or Ami also wins the hearts of its families for its Henaynu caring community, which reaches out during times of need. He serves on the Rhea Hirsch School of Jewish Education clinical faculty at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles. His writings can be viewed on his blog, Or Am I? He tweets @RabbiKip.    

8 Ways to Connect With Jewish Life On Campus

8 Ways to Connect With Jewish Life On Campus 8 Ways to Connect With Jewish Life On Campus Aug 26, 2019|Evan Traylor Evan Traylor, originally from Oklahoma City, serves as the associate director for college engagement at the Union for Reform Judaism, after spending two years as the inaugural URJ presidential fellow for millennial engagement. Evan graduated from the University of Kansas studying political science, Jewish studies, and leadership studies. He is a past NFTY president, Kansas Hillel intern, student member of the Hillel International Board of Directors, and co-founder of the Hillel International Student Cabinet.

3 Jewish Lessons for Your Child’s New School Year

3 Jewish Lessons for Your Child’s New School Year 3 Jewish Lessons for Your Child’s New School Year Aug 20, 2019|Stephanie Fink Stephanie Fink is the associate director of Engaging Families with Young Children, part of the URJ’s Strengthening Congregations initiative.

Why Be in a Chavurah Group in Your Synagogue?

Why Be in a Chavurah Group in Your Synagogue? Why Be in a Chavurah Group in Your Synagogue? Aug 19, 2019|Debra Doppelt Karplus Debra Doppelt Karplus, a registered occupational therapist, is also a freelance writer who writes regularly for Advance for Occupational Therapy Practitioners, The Dollar Stretcher, Prime Life Times, and Grandparent Magazine, as well as travel articles for the News-Gazette. She is proud to be a longtime member of Sinai Temple of Champaign–Urbana in Champaign, IL, where she serves on the building committee, the chevrah kadisha committee, and has taught Jewish genealogy to the Hebrew school students. Visit Debra's blog

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.