Reform Judaism Blog

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.

When Your Child Teaches You About Revelation

When Your Child Teaches You About Revelation When Your Child Teaches You About Revelation Jun 06, 2019|Rabbi Sara Y. Sapadin Rabbi Sara Y. Sapadin is a rabbi and mother of four. Ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), Sara currently serves Temple Emanu-El in New York City as an associate rabbi. Sara has written for a number of Jewish publications and is also a proud contributor to The Sacred Calling: Four Decades of Women in the Rabbinate (CCAR Press). She, her husband Danny, and their children reside in New York City, where they are raising their dog to be Jewish.

4 Ways a Semester in Israel Prepared My Daughter for Life

4 Ways a Semester in Israel Prepared My Daughter for Life 4 Ways a Semester in Israel Prepared My Daughter for Life May 14, 2019| Susan Morrel, RJE Susan Morrel, RJE, is a board member of the Association of Reform Jewish Educators (ARJE) and a tri-chair of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) School of Education Alumni Association. She is the director of field experiences at the Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Studies at Hebrew College in Newton Centre, MA, and a Jewish education consultant in greater Boston. Susan holds an master’s degree in religious education from HUC-JIR’s executive M.A. program. 

How Does Your Judaism Spark Joy?

How Does Your Judaism Spark Joy? How Does Your Judaism Spark Joy? May 13, 2019|Chaviva Gordon-Bennett Chaviva Gordon-Bennett is a Torah-observant Jew who has two conversions (Reform and Orthodox) under her belt and considers herself (and thinks all Jews should be) underconstructionist. She's a copywriter, copyeditor, mom to three, wife to an Englishman, and caffeine addict.

A Mother’s Day Wish: An Interview with My 97-Year-Old Mother

A Mother’s Day Wish: An Interview with My 97-Year-Old Mother A Mother’s Day Wish: An Interview with My 97-Year-Old Mother May 09, 2019|Aron Hirt-Manheimer Aron Hirt-Manheimer is the Union for Reform Judaism's editor-at-large.Photo credit: Rose Eichenbaum

On Mother’s Day, Honoring My Mom, Our Judaism, and the Next Phase of Life

On Mother’s Day, Honoring My Mom, Our Judaism, and the Next Phase of Life On Mother’s Day, Honoring My Mom, Our Judaism, and the Next Phase of Life May 09, 2019|Paula Kaplan-Reiss Paula Kaplan-Reiss is a member of Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple in New Brunswick, N.J. She is a psychologist and the author of The Year I Lost My Breasts… and Got Some New Ones, A Breast Cancer Blog.

Remembering My Mom and Making Her Legacy a Blessing

Remembering My Mom and Making Her Legacy a Blessing Remembering My Mom and Making Her Legacy a Blessing May 09, 2019|Michele Braun Michele Braun is member of Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, NY. She particularly enjoys leading Shabbat Torah study because she always learns something new, both substantively and about how to teach.