Are you looking for a new Haggadah for this year’s Passover seder? Whether you’re interested in making your Passover celebrations a little more socially conscious or a little more magical, we’ve got you covered.From ReformJudaism.org
- Our Chocolate Seder for Children is intended as a preparation for Passover to help children feel more familiar when they encounter the traditional Passover seder. It’s not intended to...
I’ve recently established a new morning routine. I arrive at the synagogue early – usually before anyone else – to make my rounds circling the perimeter of the building before I park. Entering the building, I turn off the alarm and make my way from the sanctuary to the social hall and through the classrooms and offices. Finally, I check the phone messages, hoping to hear only kind voices.
I never used to start my days this way, but these days, all of us who work in Jewish institutions are on heightened alert.
In late February, at Temple...Read More
Discussions about health care are consuming Washington, D.C. as lawmakers have introduced major legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act and implement a new proposal, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which would make drastic changes to health care coverage. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, 14 million more people would be ininsured by 2018 if the AHCA replaced the ACA, a number that would increase to 24 million by 2026. The AHCA would fundamentally...Read More
My dad died when I was 10, both of his parents already long gone before him. He left behind one sister, my aunt, but I haven’t seen her since I was 13. She failed to show up for my bat mitzvah, and I didn’t hear from her again until my 21st birthday, when she tracked down my number and called “just to say hello.” Needless to say, I don’t know much about my dad’s family. I know they weren’t Jewish – but for most of my life, that was about all I knew.
When I saw a deal for a discount on one of those ancestry tests that reveals your ethnic makeup, it seemed like the perfect...Read More
There’s spirituality thriving in our homes, offices, and synagogues. It hides in plain sight, in our small talk, in extended conversations, and in the back-and-forth between people. Jewish thinker Martin Buber called this spirituality “I-Thou.”
Buber’s landmark book, I and Thou, brought this interpersonal spirituality to light in 1923. He speaks of two kinds of human interactions in I and Thou – I-It and I-Thou. To illustrate I-It, envision yourself leaving work for Shabbat services one Friday afternoon. You’re...Read More