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A hand lightly touches a mezuzah on a doorpost with black space behind the entryway

Until a few months ago, I felt safe whenever I stepped into our temple. But then the massacre at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Congregation occurred, and I was asked to guard our temple’s front door.

Bruce Black
Individuals dressed in all black costumes acting out the Purim story on a small stage

With a collaborator who wrote a clever script, I took on the role of Haman and joined my fellow actors in singing my lyrics. I also choreographed a couple of numbers, fulfilling my desire to write, sing, act, and dance.

Paula Kaplan-Reiss
A young black man wearing a prayer shawl and a head covering while reading from a Jewish prayer book

Whenever I enter Jewish spaces, whether it’s my first time or my fiftieth, I make a conscious effort to bring my kippah, my Sh’ma bracelet, and my Magen David necklace.

Chris Harrison
Aerial flatlay of a variety of Purim related objects and items including masks hamantaschen and a bottle of wine

Purim festivities don't square with what I know about the harmful side of alcohol: It destroys people’s lives. What message are we sending our children?

Juliette Hirt
Doctors coat with a diagnosis pad reading ADHD

Jewish wisdom says every human being is deserving of dignity and respect – and that certainly holds true whether or not they have a college degree.  

Christo Chaney
Microphone at the front of a large room; background of photo is blurred

Even though the Jewish people are known as the “People of the Book,” sometimes our sacred stories can seem virtually inaccessible to us.

Rabbi Jessica Lenza
Lit Hanukkah candles in the foreground; out of focus hanukkiyah in the background

Coming so soon after the massive trauma in Pittsburgh, how would Hanukkah be felt in the hearts and spirits of the people there?

Alden Solovy
Rabbi Lynne Downey Goldsmith and congregants celebrating in the sukkah in Dothan, AL

It is not easy to be Jewish in a remote area in which Jews are a minority and there are no nearby Jewish communities, but we did the best we could.

Rabbi Lynne Downey Goldsmith
Congregants welcoming Shabbat with arms linked together

There’s nothing unique about my grief following the murders in Pittsburgh except that the fear imbedded in it is new to me.

Pam Chernoff
Jeff Erlanger in his electric wheelchair reading Torah from the pulpit

In building the ramp, we felt we had been true to the Talmudic maxim Kol Yisrael Areivim Zeh Bazeh, “All Jews are responsible for one another."

Rabbi Kenneth Roseman

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