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Judy Leavitt holding a Torah for her Bat Mitzvah

Whatever our age, we must never stop learning; the quest for lifelong learning is vital. We can use the knowledge to better ourselves and to understand the world to decide how we must act.

Judith Kline Leavitt
NFL helmets with kippot atop them facing off on a football field

Win or lose, both synagogues are encouraging their members to donate the organizations they've chosen. Either way, a lot of Reform Jews will be happy - & a worthy charity will benefit!

Kate Bigam Kaput
About two dozen Jewish and Bahai individuals posing for a photo together

We agreed that we wanted to find ways to continue our relationship and engage in dialogue, so we started brainstorming ideas for future get-togethers.

Lori Levine
Two braided Shabbat challot on a tray beneath a white and gold embroidered challah cover

I was honored to have been asked to help people in need, and I love that our synagogue is always giving back to our community. This overflowing lovingkindness is the true meaning of being Jewish.

Debra Gurin & Blythe Williams
Statue of Liberty against a cloudy blue sky

We are convinced that our tradition calls upon us to support immigration policy that is compassionate and fair.

Rabbi Fred Guttman and Dr. Karen Spira
Police in riot gear outside Central Reform Congregation, St. Louis, MO

After a not guilty verdict in the shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith, ReformJudaism.org spoke to Rabbi Susan Talve of Central Reform Congregation in St. Louis, MO.

Joy Friedman and Jacob Kraus
A circle of people with linked arms on the bima of a synagogue

After a spree of white supremacist violence in Sacramento in 1999, collaboration, solidarity, and hope followed. I’ve carried this lesson with me for 18 years.

Sofi Hersher
Wooden welome sign hanging from a rope string

We want you to come to High Holiday services, but we want you to come back, too -- when it’s less crowded and when we can welcome you and show you what we’re all about.

Rabbi Rebecca Rosenthal
Group photo of about two dozen adults standing on a river bank wearing kayaking gear on a sunny day

For our second year, my husband and I ventured to upper Michigan with 21 other happy campers (including our rabbi!) from Congregation Hakafa in Glencoe, IL.

Kerry Leaf
Rabbis Tom Gutherz and Rachel Schmelkin of Congregation Beth Israel in Charlottesville stand in a synagogue sanctuary together with Union for Reform Judaism President Rabbi Rick Jacobs

May we continue to be inspired by Congregation Beth Israel to turn darkness into light, to turn fear into resolve, to turn xenophobia into acceptance, and to turn hatred into hope.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs

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