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And You Shall Love

And You Shall Love And You Shall Love Jun 23, 2020|Avital Abraham Avital Abraham (she/they) hails from Fanwood, N.J., but is currently a rising senior at Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y., studying sociology with a double minor in environmental studies and the Ithaca College Honors program. Avital is a longtime URJ Eisner Camp camper and staff member, a past NFTY-GER regional board member, and a former URJ Urban Mitzvah Corps participant. They have been writing poetry and prose since elementary school and now writes mostly spoken word poetry; they have previously been published in Cleaning Up Glitter Literary Arts Journal and Smitten: This is What Love Looks Like: Poetry by Women for Women: An Anthology.  When they aren’t writing, Avital also enjoys collaging, songleading, and gardening.

The Black Jews Are Tired

The Black Jews Are Tired The Black Jews Are Tired Jun 01, 2020|Chris Harrison Chris Harrison is the writer and editor for audacious hospitality at the Union for Reform Judaism and a fellow in its 2018 JewV’Nation Fellowship’s Jews of Color Leadership Cohort. He earned his B.A. in English/creative writing and film studies at Miami University and his Certificate in Jewish Leadership through Spertus Institute and Northwestern University. Chris lives with his partner and four pets in metro Detroit, where he serves on Temple Beth El’s audacious hospitality group and the Jewish Federation’s NEXTGen LGBTQA pride committee.

How to Observe Shavuot from Home This Year

How to Observe Shavuot from Home This Year How to Observe Shavuot from Home This Year May 19, 2020|Chris Harrison Chris Harrison is the writer and editor for audacious hospitality at the Union for Reform Judaism and a fellow in its 2018 JewV’Nation Fellowship’s Jews of Color Leadership Cohort. He earned his B.A. in English/creative writing and film studies at Miami University and his Certificate in Jewish Leadership through Spertus Institute and Northwestern University. Chris lives with his partner and four pets in metro Detroit, where he serves on Temple Beth El’s audacious hospitality group and the Jewish Federation’s NEXTGen LGBTQA pride committee.

How to Mark Your Wedding Date When You’ve Had to Postpone

How to Mark Your Wedding Date When You’ve Had to Postpone How to Mark Your Wedding Date When You’ve Had to Postpone May 04, 2020|Rabbi Miriam Farber Wajnberg Rabbi Miriam Wajnberg serves as the program manager for learning and engagement for Audacious Hospitality at the Union for Reform Judaism, where her work focuses on supporting congregations in helping individuals, couples, and families explore Judaism.

Counting the Days: Lessons from a Workaholic's Forced Time-Out

Counting the Days: Lessons from a Workaholic's Forced Time-Out Counting the Days: Lessons from a Workaholic's Forced Time-Out Apr 28, 2020|Marcia R. Rudin Marcia R. Rudin has been a college professor, cult expert, published writer, and produced playwright. Her novels are Hear My Voice and Flower Toward the Sun.

My Letter of Gratitude and Hope to a Synagogue Across the Country

My Letter of Gratitude and Hope to a Synagogue Across the Country My Letter of Gratitude and Hope to a Synagogue Across the Country Apr 27, 2020|Parisa Vinzant Parisa Vinzant is an equity and inclusion consultant, strategist, technology and innovation commissioner, and columnist. She is a member of the Alpert Jewish Community Center in Long Beach, CA. Follow her on Twitter at @Parisa_Vinzant.

From Tragedy to Celebration, We Honor the State of Israel

From Tragedy to Celebration, We Honor the State of Israel From Tragedy to Celebration, We Honor the State of Israel Apr 23, 2020|Rabbi Josh Weinberg Rabbi Josh Weinberg is the Union for Reform Judaism’s vice president for Israel and Reform Zionism and the executive director of ARZA, the Association of Reform Zionists of America.

Pandemic in the Petri Dish of Prison: A Jewish Call for Justice

Pandemic in the Petri Dish of Prison: A Jewish Call for Justice Pandemic in the Petri Dish of Prison: A Jewish Call for Justice Apr 23, 2020|Rabbi Rick Jacobs and Rabbi Hilly Haber

April Showers, May Flowers, and Searching for Hope Amid Pandemic

April Showers, May Flowers, and Searching for Hope Amid Pandemic April Showers, May Flowers, and Searching for Hope Amid Pandemic Apr 23, 2020|Rabbi Michael L. Feshbach Rabbi Michael L. Feshbach is the rabbi of the Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas in St. Thomas, VI. He is a senior rabbinic fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute of Jerusalem, Israel.

How I'm Finding Blessings Amid the Separation

How I'm Finding Blessings Amid the Separation How I'm Finding Blessings Amid the Separation Apr 22, 2020|Cantor Lauren Phillips Fogelman Cantor Lauren Phillips Fogelman serves Temple Israel of Northern Westchester in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y. She is a proud member of the American Conference of Cantors.