Reform Jewish Life and Thought

Here's What It Was Like to Grow Up on a Kibbutz

Here's What It Was Like to Grow Up on a Kibbutz Here's What It Was Like to Grow Up on a Kibbutz Jul 07, 2020|Aron Hirt-Manheimer Aron Hirt-Manheimer is the Union for Reform Judaism’s editor-at-large. He is former editor of Reform Judaism magazine (1976-2014) and founding editor of Davka magazine (1970-1976), a West Coast Jewish quarterly. He holds an M.A. and honorary doctorate in Jewish education from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. His books include Jagendorf’s Foundry: A Memoir of the Romanian Holocaust (HarperCollins, 1991) and Jews: The Essence and Character of a People (HarperCollins, 1998) with Arthur Hertzberg. Photo credit: Rose Eichenbaum

On Fathers, Father Figures, and the Jewish Concept of "L'dor Vador"

On Fathers, Father Figures, and the Jewish Concept of "L'dor Vador" On Fathers, Father Figures, and the Jewish Concept of "L'dor Vador" Jun 18, 2020|Stuart L. Leviton

At a Good Hour: Awaiting a Grandchild in 2020

At a Good Hour: Awaiting a Grandchild in 2020 At a Good Hour: Awaiting a Grandchild in 2020 Jun 18, 2020|Margie Bogdanow Margie Bogdanow, LICSW, is an educator, consultant and coach in greater Boston. She works with individuals and organizations, making a difference in the lives of children and teens. She is a past president of Temple Isaiah in Lexington, MA, and currently serves as senior consultant, teen education and engagement, at Combined Jewish Philanthropies in Boston.

Sheltering in Place: Tents and Torah

Sheltering in Place: Tents and Torah Sheltering in Place: Tents and Torah Jun 17, 2020|Monica Steiner Monica Steiner delights in connecting with community through Jewish study, writing, and artistic response to tradition and modern living. She is a social activist, erstwhile attorney, and part of the professional staff at Congregation B'nai B'rith, a Reform temple in Santa Barbara, CA. 

I Was Diagnosed with Cancer in the Middle of a Global Health Crisis

I Was Diagnosed with Cancer in the Middle of a Global Health Crisis I Was Diagnosed with Cancer in the Middle of a Global Health Crisis May 25, 2020|Rabbi Alex Kress Rabbi Alex Kress is the Reform senior Jewish educator at Hillel at UCLA. He loves to explore the avant-garde of 21st-century Jewish practice and works to incorporate out-of-the-box ideas to make Judaism meaningful, relevant, and fun.  

A Mother’s Day Interview with My 99-Year-Old Mother, a Holocaust Survivor

A Mother’s Day Interview with My 99-Year-Old Mother, a Holocaust Survivor A Mother’s Day Interview with My 99-Year-Old Mother, a Holocaust Survivor May 06, 2020|Aron Hirt-Manheimer Aron Hirt-Manheimer is the Union for Reform Judaism’s editor-at-large. He is former editor of Reform Judaism magazine (1976-2014) and founding editor of Davka magazine (1970-1976), a West Coast Jewish quarterly. He holds an M.A. and honorary doctorate in Jewish education from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. His books include Jagendorf’s Foundry: A Memoir of the Romanian Holocaust (HarperCollins, 1991) and Jews: The Essence and Character of a People (HarperCollins, 1998) with Arthur Hertzberg. Photo credit: Rose Eichenbaum

For Mother's Day in Quarantine, I'm Revisiting Jewish Mother-Daughter Memoirs

For Mother's Day in Quarantine, I'm Revisiting Jewish Mother-Daughter Memoirs For Mother's Day in Quarantine, I'm Revisiting Jewish Mother-Daughter Memoirs May 06, 2020|Babette Dunkelgrün (JTA) Babette Dunkelgrün is a content strategist, creative writer, and editor based in San Francisco, CA. This piece originally appeared on JTA.org and is republished with permission.

What It's Like to Live on an Israeli Kibbutz in a Global Pandemic

What It's Like to Live on an Israeli Kibbutz in a Global Pandemic What It's Like to Live on an Israeli Kibbutz in a Global Pandemic May 05, 2020|Talia Engelhart Talia Engelhart is a family mediator at The Mediation Group in Brookline, MA, and serves on the ethics comittee at Boston Children's Hospital. Talia lives in Brookline with her husband and their four children. Originally from the Chicago area, she is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Harvard Medical School’s Center for Bioethics. She has also studied at Midreshet Lindenbaum and The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem.