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Rubins vase as described in this article

Our realities are, to a degree, relative.

Chris Harrison
Man using a yad to read from an unfurled Torah scroll on a table as members look on

On Simchat Torah, I watch as the Torah scroll is carefully unfurled onto a series of long connected tables – the text so much more than designs scattered on parchment.

Rabbi Linda Joseph
View of empty pews from pulpit with an open book (Bible) on it

For more than 50 years, High Holiday sermons were consequential both for the rabbi and the congregation. Why has the Reform preaching tradition waned?

Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, Ph.D.
Three stained glass windows bearing Stars of David against an all black background

A former synagogue member wondered, “How would being a member make my life better or different?” Even as a congregational rabbi, I admit that I struggled to answer her question.

Rabbi Paul Kipnes
Three VOTE signs in red white and blue

While Jews have not always been afforded the right to vote, voting encompasses several Jewish values.

Rabbi Joel Mosbacher
Female songleader Dawn Bernstein leads a group of campers in song in a photo from URJ GUCI camp in the 1970s

When I was growing up, Jewish music was the sole purview of men. I had never seen a woman sing on the bimah (pulpit) - but then I made history.

Dawn Bernstein
Firefighter from behind climbing steps to a building in a raging fire

As wildfires continue to ravage northern California, learn what you can do to help support the victims.

Jane E. Herman
View of Paris at night

During my recent sabbatical, my husband and I traveled to France, where we explored all facets of Progressive Jewish life in the City of Lights.

Cantor Jacqueline Rawiszer
Family portrait of the author and his wife gazing lovingly at one another while she holds their newborn daughter in the nursery

The need for tikkun olam has never been more urgent. I see it as my duty to instill these ideals in my daughter, and I find myself hungry for a Jewish community in which we can share our dedication to them.

Robert Schurz
Boxes of donations in support of immigrant children and families

Our congregation in McAllen, TX, is the go-to congregation for donations in support of immigrant families; the response from the Reform Jewish community has been amazing.

Mike Blum

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