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Watch live this Shabbat as rabbis, cantors, and Jewish leaders across North America speak about and reflect upon the events in Charlottesville and their aftermath.

Jane E. Herman
Paper stick figures holding hands around a lit candle

After the nation moves on, we will be left to pick up the pieces. Fortunately, this is a very strong and capable Jewish community, blessed to be led by incredible rabbis.

Alan Zimmerman
Smiling bar mitzvah boy wearing a suit and kippah and wrapping himself in a prayer shawl from the bimah

We spent two hours doing a mitzvah project together before our synagogue social hall was transformed from an assembly line into a festive New Year’s Eve party. 

Cantor Rachel and Rabbi Adam Stock Spilker
View of coastal Netanya Israel with both industrial buildings and lush beaches in view

This is liberal Judaism on the edge: Flinging doors open wide to those who would otherwise be left behind. The community is a voice of Judaism that is open to all who seek it.

Rabbi Neal Gold
woman holding small child wearing a yarmulke in her lap during worship services

Whether you’re a member or a visitor, familiarity with synagogue etiquette will help you get the most from your experience. Here are seven points of etiquette to keep in mind.

Rabbi Denise L. Eger
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Rosh HaShanah, the new Jewish year arrives in two months... and they’re two months that will pass quickly. It is time to get ready.

Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs

Without her, there are so many empty places, empty sights, so much emptiness. Yet I never thought of retreating into the emptiness; I know my dear Phyllis wanted me to embrace life.

Joel Hersch
Colorful and intricate stained glass window depicting Moses holding the stone tablets of the Ten Commandments

In the early 20th century, stained glass windows were incorporated into many newly built, grand, European synagogues in a self-conscious act of cultural appropriation and affirmation.

Jenna Weissman Joselit
Young girl learning to shake the lulav

There aren’t many people out there willing to uproot their entire lives to relocate to Dothan, Alabama. Read what prompted one family to do just that.

Stephanie Butler
Torah with kippah and yad

The rabbi invited me to help with hagbah, an honor usually reserved for a strong man because some scrolls are extremely heavy – and the last thing anyone wants is for a Torah scroll to fall or be dropped.

Jane E. Herman


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