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Reform Jewish students visiting Selma, Alabama

This month, as we mark Black History Month, and, this year, the 150th anniversary of the passage of the 15th Amendment to the Constitution, which gave people of every race – including former slaves – the right to vote, it seems appropriate to share this story of a group of Reform Jewish campers from URJ Camp Coleman in Cleveland, GA, who took a four-day trip last summer to confront racial inequality and explore their own connections to work around racial justice.

We began in Whitwell, TN, where more than 20 years ago,...

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iPhone displaying the ANATomy of Israel podcast logo and description

Looking for your new favorite listen? We're excited to share that Anat Hoffman, head of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC), has launched a new podcast, "ANATomy: Exploring the Heart and Bones of Israel," an introduction to the country’s past and the present, its national and political DNA, modern Israeli culture, and everyday Israel — the beautiful and the less photogenic side, the profanities and the poetry.

Currently available on Spotify and...

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Gravesites for lynching victims

On the eve of a pilgrimage, I gathered in Montgomery, AL, with a group from T’ruah, an organization that trains and mobilizes clergy and their communities to advance human rights in North America, Israel, and the occupied territories. The next day, we would be going to the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, a place dedicated to the legacy of enslaved Black people, people terrorized by lynching, African Americans humiliated by racial segregation and Jim Crow, and people of color...

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How did your parents meet?

As a religious school teacher at a Reform Jewish synagogue, each year I ask my sixth-grade students to think about their parents, or any two people they know who are happily married. How did those people become a couple?

Over the years, I've heard wonderful stories about blind dates and pool parties, about fender-benders that led to dinner and people who were expected fall for one person and ended up with someone entirely different. But my favorite story came from a boy whose parents – I'll call them Jackie and Scott – met while they were each...

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Womans hands holding a Yahrzeit candle

It is hard to imagine we are now approaching the two-year anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which shattered the community in which I live – and our country at large.This event left an indelible mark on how we approach school safety and the choices we make with our children.

Just two years. It feels like the time has passed, but it hasn’t been that long at all – and we know that time does not heal all wounds.

Trauma, a loss of stabilization, feels much different than grief, the mourning of a loss. While both share similar emotions – shock,...

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