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Smiling young man outdoors wearing a kippah and a plaid shirt

People are often shocked that I found Judaism despite being raised by Christians, being Black, and inheriting the memory of Jim Crow - but my life has been a perfect balance of pain and privilege.

Bryant Heinzelman
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
Crop of Marilyn Monroe on the cover of New York Sunday News magazine

The upcoming auction of Marilyn Monroe’s personal prayer book is making news. The siddur contains many pencil notations in the margins from when she was learning about Judaism

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
A womans hand writing out sticky name tags with a blue marker

What do you do when you’re Jewish, but your name doesn’t “sound” Jewish?

Chris Harrison
Reform Jewish leaders holding Torah scrolls at the Western Wall

Almost one year ago, the Knesset started the crisis by passing a bill in its first reading that would only recognize conversions performed in Israel under the auspices of the ultra-Orthodox Chief Rabbinate.

Rabbi Gilad Kariv, Anat Hoffman, & Rabbi Noa Sattath, Director of the Israel Religious Action
Sign hanging in a window reading Welcome We Are Open

An experience shortly after the URJ Biennial demonstrated how truly large, inviting, and welcoming is our Reform Jewish tent.

Alden Solovy
Older man holding preschool-age boy on his lap. Both appear happy.

For the first time in history, we knew in advance that the winner of the 2016 presidential election would have a Jewish son-in-law – Marc Mezvinsky or Jared Kushner.

Jonathan D. Sarna
Closeup of a budding pine cone in a pine tree dusted with snow

My husband, along with millions and billions of other people, doesn’t celebrate Christmas, but I never thought my children wouldn’t celebrate it.

Susan Brownstein
Three men in bathing suits sitting on a large chair on the beach that reads TEL AVIV LOVES ME

Five years ago, H. Alan Scott emerged from the mikveh waters. Soon, he'll be celebrating another milestone: throwing himself a bar mitzvah.

Derek Kwait (JTA)
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

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