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Ornate floral chuppah in an empty room

There is some small comfort in the fact that Jewish ritual offers many ways to mark life’s significant moments and to acknowledge the complicated mix of feelings that may accompany them. Here are some ideas to get you thinking.

Rabbi Miriam Farber Wajnberg
Smiling teen girl digging in the dirt next to a hand painted sign that says BROCCOLI in both Hebrew and English

As humanity recovers from this crisis, we have the opportunity to build a more sustainable, just society that promotes both our health and the health of our planet. 

Jamie Starr
Closeup of a woman consoling a teenager

This resource can guide you and your family in ongoing discussions with children during the COVID-19 pandemic. It offers specific language you can use when responding to children about the heartbreaking news that they will not be able to attend camp this summer as planned.

The URJ Briut Team
Cartoon mouths on sticks like photobooth props

There’s nothing funny about the virus that’s killing people around the world, and anyone who jokes about it is looking for trouble – maybe even tempting fate. For a little dose of comic relief, then, here are a few of my favorite Jewish jokes from tsuris past.

    Mark Levy
    Timepiece partially buried in sand

    Is this happening because the future is now so uncertain? Am I more aware that every day might be my last? Such questions give us pause and make us take serious stock of our lives.

    Marcia R. Rudin
    Womans hand holding a coffee cup next to a pen and a pad of paper

    Earlier this month, I joined a Virginia synagogue's virtual Shabbat services, led by its youth group teens. Afterward, I composed and sent an email to the congregation’s cantors to tell them how touched I was by the service and to express my sincere gratitude to them.

    Parisa Vinzant
    Closeup of rusted prison cell bars

    The Book of Proverbs instructs us to “speak up for those who cannot speak...to raise our voices on behalf of the vulnerable and downtrodden.” (Proverbs 31:8-9). The individuals who make up America’s prison population are isolated, vulnerable, and voiceless.

    Rabbi Rick Jacobs and Rabbi Hilly Haber
    Wet daisy against a dewy green background

    We see everything around us through a coronavirus-colored lens these days, searching the past for clues about what is to come. This month, I'm using the rhyme about April showers and May flowers as an occasion for hope, seeing every holiday in May as part of this unfolding pandemic.

    Rabbi Michael L. Feshbach
    Close up of hands holding a loaf of challah against a striped shirt

    As challenging as these days of quarantine have been, I take comfort in the many ways this strange time of separation have enabled us – however ironically – to come together. Here are a few of the “blessings of separation” I’ve experienced in the age of COVID-19.

    Cantor Lauren Phillips Fogelman
    Hands holding a yellow fabric star like the one worn by Jewish victims of the Holocaust

    Today especially
    i am grateful for a life to call mine
    the bright sunshine 
    on a day we remember when millions died

    Lucie Waldman

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