Chris Harrison

Chris Harrison

Chris Harrison is the writer/editor for Audacious Hospitality at the Union for Reform Judaism and an alumnus of the 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. A published essayist, 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 and the Hermelin Davidson Center for Congregational Excellence Committee.

How to Host a Friendsgiving Shabbat

Shabbat dinner parties are a great way for friends and family to connect, have fun, and engage in rewarding conversation – and for American Jews, the Thanksgiving weekend – when far-flung loved ones return home together for the secular holiday – can provide a perfect opportunity to make it happen.

What Noah and His Ark Taught Me about Being "Good Enough"

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Chris Harrison

When we can’t be Moses or Esther or whomever we want to be like, it’s OK – it’s necessary, even – to be Noah. Being “good enough” may not have the same glamor as leading an entire people to the Promised Land, but do you know what being “good enough” accomplished? In Noah’s case, it meant being trusted by the Holy Blessed One to literally start the entire world from scratch.

When You Just Don’t Feel Joyful on Simchat Torah, Remember...

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Chris Harrison

With every seemingly worse piece of bad news littering our social media feeds and our news cycles and in the streets right before our very eyes, it’s fair to wonder: What if we simply can’t be happy, even when we’re commanded to? What if you just don’t feel like dancing?