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2016 sign in front of bright lights

Here are the top 10 Reform Jewish moments of the year, both positive and negative. May 2017 bring many more positive headlines within the Reform Jewish world and beyond. Happy new year!

Kate Bigam
Aerial shop of Aleppo

We hear the news of the massacres and the suffering, but will we listen? The world cannot continue to stand idly by while the death toll keeps rising. We cannot be silent in the face of yet another slaughter.

Rabbi David Wirtschafter
Burned forest in Haifa

Put simply, replanting the forests destroyed during the recent fires would do irreversible damage to Israel's already weakened ecosystem.

Jay Shofet (JTA)
Stop sign spraypainted with the word HATE

Each November, the FBI releases its annual report on hate crime statistics. The report is rarely uplifting, but this year, the results are especially frightening.

Lizzie Stein
An Israeli firefighter watches a blaze from afar

Join us in supporting relief efforts on the ground. Together, our support will help Israel begin to heal.

Kate Bigam
Hand spray painting graffiti onto a cement wall

The front-page headline – “Swastika graffiti stirs fears” – signaled that the wave of post-election hatred and intimidation had reached our small Connecticut town, one of the safest towns in America.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer

As you process your own thoughts in these days following the election, may these resources be helpful and offer guidance.

Marissa Solomon

God, let the circle of compassion widen enough to include the vast and diverse American family, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Rabbi Zoë Klein

After the recent passing of Israeli President Shimon Peres, z"l, I'm remembering the time I sat down with him in a Manhattan midtown hotel in 1994 at the beginning of the Oslo process to discuss th

Aron Hirt-Manheimer

Say this prayer during Shabbat, learn how you can assist those impacted by the Louisiana flooding, and read more about how the Reform Jewish community is helping.

Rabbi David Wirtschafter


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