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The Passover Seder’s Four Children and LGBTQ Inclusion: Moving Toward Full Hospitality

The Passover Seder’s Four Children and LGBTQ Inclusion: Moving Toward Full Hospitality The Passover Seder’s Four Children and LGBTQ Inclusion: Moving Toward Full Hospitality Apr 15, 2019|Dara Lithwick Dara Lithwick is passionate about all things Jewish – the religion, the culture, the food, and the people. She is an advocate for LGBTQIA+ inclusion within diverse Jewish spaces and is currently serving as a Union for Reform Judaism JewV’Nation fellow as part of its LGBTQIA+ leadership cohort. When not working as a lawyer in constitutional and parliamentary law, Dara is completing rabbinical studies through Aleph: Alliance for Jewish Renewal, and is actively involved at Temple Israel Ottawa, her local Reform community. Dara and her partner love chasing their two children around Ottawa.

5 Ways to Keep Kids Occupied (and Keep Your Own Cool) Before the Seder

5 Ways to Keep Kids Occupied (and Keep Your Own Cool) Before the Seder 5 Ways to Keep Kids Occupied (and Keep Your Own Cool) Before the Seder Apr 11, 2019|Deborah Goldberg Deborah Goldberg is the director of communications at Union for Reform Judaism.

Talking to My Daughter about the Refugee Crisis

Talking to My Daughter about the Refugee Crisis Talking to My Daughter about the Refugee Crisis Mar 14, 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.  

Kids, Costumes, and the Boundlessness of the Imagination - at Purim and Beyond

Kids, Costumes, and the Boundlessness of the Imagination - at Purim and Beyond Kids, Costumes, and the Boundlessness of the Imagination - at Purim and Beyond Mar 11, 2019|Sheila Purdin Sheila Purdin is the director of early childhood education at Temple Sinai in Denver, CO, and serves as the vice president of marketing for Early Childhood Educators of Reform Judaism (ECERJ). She is the proud parent of two adult children and a super cute senior puppy.

Why Shtisel Should be Your Next Binge-Watch

Why Shtisel Should be Your Next Binge-Watch Why Shtisel Should be Your Next Binge-Watch Mar 04, 2019|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.

Drunk on Purim: What Are We Teaching Our Kids?

Drunk on Purim: What Are We Teaching Our Kids? Drunk on Purim: What Are We Teaching Our Kids? Mar 04, 2019|Juliette Hirt Juliette Hirt lives in San Francisco and works in Oakland. She practices law, parenting, and pottery.

What Does It Mean to Be "Blessed?"

What Does It Mean to Be "Blessed?" What Does It Mean to Be "Blessed?" Feb 28, 2019|Richard Reiss Richard Reiss has written extensively about creating a family through adoption, and the joys and challenges of being adoptive parents. His work has appeared in The New York Times, ADDitude Magazine, Perigee Journal, Serving House Journal, The Newark Star-Ledger, The Literary Review, and Psychotherapy Networker. He is the author of Desperate Love:  A Father’s Memoir, published by Serving House Books. Richard and his wife, Paula Kaplan-Reiss, and family, are members of Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple in New Brunswick, N.J.

A Jewish Response to Political Scandal

A Jewish Response to Political Scandal A Jewish Response to Political Scandal Feb 21, 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 adjunct 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.

Joseph Cries a Lot - and That Should Matter to Us

Joseph Cries a Lot - and That Should Matter to Us Joseph Cries a Lot - and That Should Matter to Us Jan 03, 2019|Rabbi Erin Polansky Rabbi Erin Polansky was ordained from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2000 and serves Beth Israel Congregation in Kingston, Ontario.