Reform Judaism Blog

Hanukkah in Israel: Donuts, Candles, and, Yes, Religious Freedom

Hanukkah in Israel: Donuts, Candles, and, Yes, Religious Freedom Hanukkah in Israel: Donuts, Candles, and, Yes, Religious Freedom Dec 24, 2019|Cantor Evan Kent Cantor Evan Kent is an oleh chadash (new immigrant) living in Jerusalem, where he is on the faculty of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. For 25 years, he served Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles, CA.

The Joy of Celebrating Hanukkah on a Cruise Ship

The Joy of Celebrating Hanukkah on a Cruise Ship The Joy of Celebrating Hanukkah on a Cruise Ship Dec 23, 2019|Rabbi Lynne Downey Goldsmith Rabbi Lynne Downey Goldsmith moved to Colorado to retire and failed Retirement 101. She is the part-time rabbi of Temple Or Hadash in Fort Collins, CO, and works with Rabbi Jamie Korngold, the Adventure Rabbi in Boulder, CO.

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.

Like the Maccabee Brothers, We Can All Be Leaders

Like the Maccabee Brothers, We Can All Be Leaders Like the Maccabee Brothers, We Can All Be Leaders Dec 18, 2019|Rabbi Melissa Buyer-Witman Rabbi Melissa Buyer-Witman is the director of lifelong learning at Temple Israel of the City of New York in New York, NY.

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.

Spice Up Your Cooking With Help From This Israeli Chef

Spice Up Your Cooking With Help From This Israeli Chef Spice Up Your Cooking With Help From This Israeli Chef Nov 19, 2019|Cammy S. Bourcier Cammy S. Bourcier is a food writer and also teaches Hebrew and cooking at Kol Dorot, in Township of Washington, NJ.

The Thread that Connects the Tree of Life Synagogue, Kristallnacht, and Tishah B’Av

The Thread that Connects the Tree of Life Synagogue, Kristallnacht, and Tishah B’Av The Thread that Connects the Tree of Life Synagogue, Kristallnacht, and Tishah B’Av Nov 05, 2019|Rabbi Seth L. Bernstein Rabbi Seth L. Bernstein lives in Silver Spring, MD, and is the disaster spiritual care regional lead of the Greater Chesapeake Region of the American Red Cross.

Slaughter Does Not Honor Anyone: Remembering that Fateful Day in Pittsburgh

Slaughter Does Not Honor Anyone: Remembering that Fateful Day in Pittsburgh Slaughter Does Not Honor Anyone: Remembering that Fateful Day in Pittsburgh Oct 24, 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.

How Reform Synagogues Welcomed Immigrants, Refugees, and Asylum-Seekers This Sukkot

How Reform Synagogues Welcomed Immigrants, Refugees, and Asylum-Seekers This Sukkot How Reform Synagogues Welcomed Immigrants, Refugees, and Asylum-Seekers This Sukkot Oct 23, 2019|Arno Rosenfeld Arno Rosenfeld is the Communications Strategist at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.

When You Just Don’t Feel Joyful on Simchat Torah, Remember...

When You Just Don’t Feel Joyful on Simchat Torah, Remember... When You Just Don’t Feel Joyful on Simchat Torah, Remember... Oct 20, 2019|Chris Harrison Chris Harrison is the writer and editor for Audacious Hospitality at the Union for Reform Judaism and a fellow in the 2018 JewV’Nation Fellowship’s Jews of Color Leadership Cohort. He grew up at Payne A.M.E. Chapel in Hamilton, OH, and converted to Judaism at Temple Beth El in Bloomfield Hills, MI.