Building Deep Relationships with Israel: URJ Heller High and the People of Israel
Heller High aims to build deep, lasting relationships between North American Jewish teens and Israel, developing the next generation of Reform Jewish Zionists. The Heller High program gives students the opportunity to learn from and get to know different groups of Israelis.
The Importance of Storytelling
The Jewish people love to share stories, as memory is a central Jewish value. We cannot forget what has happened to us because we must share it with future generations. The past is one of our best learning tools.
Making the Written Word More Accessible: Large-Print, Braille, and Audio Haggadot
The Passover seder is about telling our story, which is often done by communally reading the Haggadah, a written collection of stories, rituals, and commentary. Without accessible options, people with various disabilities are prevented from fully participating in the seder.
The Power of Words: Cory Silverberg Writes a Better World into Existence
Cory Silverberg (they/them) is a sex educator, author, and social justice advocate who writes books for young people that center queer, trans, and nonbinary experiences and narratives in collaboration with the artist Fiona Smyth. Together they have published more than 12 books.
Siman Tov U’Mazal Tov: Astrology and Judaism
Judaism's relationship with astrology is one that has many twists and turns. Jewish interest in the zodiac can be traced back to the time of the Babylonian exile, which is evidenced by the fact that many of the Hebrew names of the constellations are actually Hebraicized versions of the original Assyrian names.
Reflections of Disability: Making Visible the Invisible and Raising Up Difference
Throughout the Torah, we are instructed to move through the world with an extraordinary degree of mindfulness to the experience of others; we, too, were slaves to Pharoah in Egypt. We, as Jews, are implored by the divine to notice that which others might not observe and to advocate for one another because we know what it is to be somehow exceptional.
Finding Emunah Amidst Fear and Uncertainty
My Hebrew name is Emunah, and I have autistic spectrum disorder (ASD).
Feasting with Foodish: Persian Love Cake and Tishpishti Semolina Cake
The saying goes, "tell me what you eat, and I'll tell you who you are." Food is not only fuel for our bodies, it's also a conduit of culture, storytelling, and identity. The Jewish people know this well. Our culinary traditions have preserved our stories and history, from generation to generation.