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“We forfeit the right to worship God as long as we continue to humiliate Negroes… The hour calls for moral grandeur and spiritual audacity.” – Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel in a telegram to President John F. Kennedy

It was 52 years ago this month that religious leaders, including Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and other Reform Jewish leaders, joined the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in the 1964 March for Voting Rights from Selma to Montgomery.

Speaking out took courage. Many of us know about Bloody...

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Cardinal Keeler receiving honorary degree from HUC-JIR

The world’s 224 Catholic cardinals are known as “Princes of the Church.”  That title always seemed particularly apt for Cardinal William Keeler of Baltimore, who passed away this morning.  He was indeed a Prince of the Church, and a prince among men.

Cardinal Keeler’s impact is manifest in his beloved Baltimore, where he led a remarkable restoration of the city’s Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and played a critical role in facilitating Pope John Paul II’s 1995 landmark visit to that city. 

Interfaith relations, especially the...

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Cardinal Keeler receiving honorary degree from HUC-JIR

The world’s 224 Catholic cardinals are known as “Princes of the Church.”  That title always seemed particularly apt for Cardinal William Keeler of Baltimore, who passed away this morning.  He was indeed a Prince of the Church, and a prince among men.

Cardinal Keeler’s impact is manifest in his beloved Baltimore, where he led a remarkable restoration of the city’s Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and played a critical role in facilitating Pope John Paul II’s 1995 landmark visit to that city. 

Interfaith relations, especially the...

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Plank of salmon garnished with peppercorns lemon slices and herbs

I love serving light foods that are naturally kosher for Passover. With so much matzah, vegetable and fish dishes are often a welcome addition in my home.

In this holiday menu, my coconut carrot soup is a creamy soup at its finest. The combination of carrots, ginger and coconut is so warming and really delicious. Not a ginger fan? It’s easy enough to leave it out.

And what could be better than a recipe that doesn’t require excellent knife skills? Since the soup ingredients are blended, dicing imperfection won’t...

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Closeup of a gate with a Star of David in wrought iron with a cemetery in the background

The plane landed in Tel Aviv with a thud, olive trees and soldiers lining the runway. With the 14-hour journey complete, I contemplated why we’d come to Israel in the first place: The body of my grandmother, who’d just passed away, traveled with us in the belly of the plane, ready to be transported to her final resting site in Jerusalem.

Inside the terminal, we were greeted by relatives I’d never met. My grandparents wanted to be buried in Israel rather than in random plots in New Jersey, where they’d lived their final years, because they wanted us to meet our relatives,...

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