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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 digital communications manager 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. 

A Plea for Equality and Peace in Israel in a Children’s Sukkot Song

A Plea for Equality and Peace in Israel in a Children’s Sukkot Song A Plea for Equality and Peace in Israel in a Children’s Sukkot Song Oct 15, 2019|Rabbi Reuven Greenvald Rabbi Reuven Greenvald is the director of Israel engagement at the Union for Reform Judaism.  His prior experience in re-thinking Israel engagement comes from work on innovative initiatives in the North American program of the Jewish Agency for Israel.  

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.

Sukkot, Diversity, and Unity: How Each of Us Is Like the Four Species

Sukkot, Diversity, and Unity: How Each of Us Is Like the Four Species Sukkot, Diversity, and Unity: How Each of Us Is Like the Four Species Oct 13, 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. 

Canadian Thanksgiving: A Turkey in the Sukkah?

Canadian Thanksgiving: A Turkey in the Sukkah? Canadian Thanksgiving: A Turkey in the Sukkah? Oct 10, 2019|Cantor Katie Oringel Cantor Katie Oringel served as cantor and youth director at Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto for the past 10 years. An alumna of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, in 2009, she earned a master’s degree in sacred music and was ordained, and in 2014 she completed a certificate in Jewish education specializing in adolescents and emerging adults. In 2019, she received a certificate in Jewish leadership from Spertus Institute in partnership with Northwestern University.  

4 New Sukkah Blessings To Try This Year

4 New Sukkah Blessings To Try This Year 4 New Sukkah Blessings To Try This Year Oct 09, 2019| Rabbi Matt Dreffin