Reform Judaism Blog

This Year, We Need Passover More Than Ever

This Year, We Need Passover More Than Ever This Year, We Need Passover More Than Ever Apr 03, 2020|Rabbi Rick Jacobs Rabbi Rick Jacobs is the president of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), the largest Jewish movement in North America, with almost 850 congregations and nearly 1.5 million members. An innovative thought leader, dynamic visionary, and representative of progressive Judaism, he spent 20 years as the spiritual leader of Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, NY. Deeply dedicated to global social justice issues, he has led disaster response efforts in Haiti and Darfur. Learn more about Rabbi Rick Jacobs.  

It's OK to Mourn the Seder That Will Not Be

It's OK to Mourn the Seder That Will Not Be It's OK to Mourn the Seder That Will Not Be Mar 30, 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.

How to Make Immigration Justice Central to Your Passover Celebration

How to Make Immigration Justice Central to Your Passover Celebration How to Make Immigration Justice Central to Your Passover Celebration Mar 27, 2020|Dr. Julia Paley Dr. Julia Paley is the director of immigration justice for the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.

A Shabbat Prayer for Healing in the Era of Coronavirus

A Shabbat Prayer for Healing in the Era of Coronavirus A Shabbat Prayer for Healing in the Era of Coronavirus Mar 26, 2020|Rabbi Leah Doberne-Schor Rabbi Leah Doberne-Schor serves Beth Israel Congregation in Florence, S.C. 

How We're Keeping the Faith During the Coronavirus Era

How We're Keeping the Faith During the Coronavirus Era How We're Keeping the Faith During the Coronavirus Era Mar 24, 2020|Helene Cohen Bludman Helene Cohen Bludman is a freelance writer and longtime member of Beth David Reform Congregation in Gladwyne, PA.

How to Hold a Passover Seder in the Year of Coronavirus

How to Hold a Passover Seder in the Year of Coronavirus How to Hold a Passover Seder in the Year of Coronavirus Mar 20, 2020|Jan Zauzmer Jan Zauzmer is a past president of a large Union for Reform Judaism congregation in Pennsylvania, and her writings on the intersection of politics and Jewish ethics have appeared in Kveller, Moment Magazine, ReformJudaism.org, Patheos, Lilith, and JTA. She can be reached by email and @JanZauzmer

“Homeshuling” Under Quarantine: Fun Jewish Videos for Virtual Learning

“Homeshuling” Under Quarantine: Fun Jewish Videos for Virtual Learning “Homeshuling” Under Quarantine: Fun Jewish Videos for Virtual Learning Mar 17, 2020|Rabbi Rebecca Rosenthal and Stephanie Fink

10 Tips from the Spielberg of Purim-Spiels

10 Tips from the Spielberg of Purim-Spiels 10 Tips from the Spielberg of Purim-Spiels Feb 11, 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

Moses’ Song of the Sea: Singing for My Mother

Moses’ Song of the Sea: Singing for My Mother Moses’ Song of the Sea: Singing for My Mother Feb 05, 2020|Cantor Jacqueline Marx Cantor Jacqueline Marx was ordained by the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. She lives with her family in an enchanted forest in Carrboro, NC, and recently began rabbinical studies at Pluralistic Rabbinical Academy.

Tu BiShvat: How Israel Has Planted New Seeds in the Jewish Soul

Tu BiShvat: How Israel Has Planted New Seeds in the Jewish Soul Tu BiShvat: How Israel Has Planted New Seeds in the Jewish Soul Feb 04, 2020|Rabbi Neal Gold Rabbi Neal Gold is a teacher, author, and writer based in Massachusetts. He is the Jewish chaplain and Hillel director at Babson College. Email Rabbi Gold or visit his website