Reform Jewish Life and Thought

What Pregnancy Has Taught Me about My Role as a Cantor

What Pregnancy Has Taught Me about My Role as a Cantor What Pregnancy Has Taught Me about My Role as a Cantor Jan 07, 2020|Cantor Sheila Nesis Cantor Sheila Nesis is the cantor at Temple Sinai in Denver, CO. She grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and moved to New York City in 2007 to join the clergy at Temple Israel in Manhattan. Prior to that, and in partnership with the World Union for Progressive Judaism, she toured the United States performing a repertoire of liturgical Jewish music, tangos and boleros, Ladino songs, and jazz. She also served as cantor and educator for Congregation Kehillah in Scottsdale, AZ, as well as other Reform and Conservative institutions in the Phoenix area.

How I Teach My Kids That Being Jewish is Awesome and Awe-Filled

How I Teach My Kids That Being Jewish is Awesome and Awe-Filled How I Teach My Kids That Being Jewish is Awesome and Awe-Filled Dec 18, 2019|Dr. Emily Teck Dr. Emily Teck is a Jewish educator, musician and consultant dedicated to supporting professionals and communities as they seek to improve and increase the ways they invite young children and their families to engage in joyful Judaism. She lives in South Florida with her husband Jason and their three awesome kiddos. Visit her website to learn more.

How to Help Young Children Embrace the Spirit of Hanukkah

How to Help Young Children Embrace the Spirit of Hanukkah How to Help Young Children Embrace the Spirit of Hanukkah Dec 16, 2019|Stephanie Fink Stephanie Fink is the associate director of Engaging Families with Young Children, part of the URJ’s Strengthening Congregations initiative.

A Thank-You Note to My Son

A Thank-You Note to My Son A Thank-You Note to My Son Nov 15, 2019|Rabbi Peter Kessler Rabbi Peter Kessler is the senior rabbi at Temple Ohev Sholom in Harrisburg, PA.

Last Words and So Much Love: Saying Goodbye to My Mother

Last Words and So Much Love: Saying Goodbye to My Mother Last Words and So Much Love: Saying Goodbye to My Mother Nov 06, 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.

Battling Perfection at the Start of the Jewish Year

Battling Perfection at the Start of the Jewish Year Battling Perfection at the Start of the Jewish Year Oct 15, 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.