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Hand placing ballot in ballot box with Israeli flag in the background

It’s election season in Israel, a country whose vibrant democracy is different than that found in either the U.S. or Canada. Let’s explore some of these differences.

Jo-Ann Mort
Closeup of a mans hand checking boxes as if filling out a ballot

"Vote / Because it’s a mitzvah to do / Vote / Because you’re an American Jew..."

Rabbi Paul Kipnes
Dome of the US Capitol Building against a blue sky with clouds

This year, the High Holidays fall a month and a half before midterm elections, providing an opportunity for our community to reflect on the past year and make decisions about our future.

Jenna Galper
Large VOTE sign hanging on a chain link fence with an arrow pointing toward polling place

When my term as youth group president ended, I was not ready to stop my social action and community building efforts, so I decided to run for the local board of education. 

Caleb Herbst
Computer keyboard; the return key is red and says hate speech on it

Members of our community were shocked recently to receive campaign postcards that included photos of two candidates with red “Deport” stamps below their faces.

Rabbi David Z. Vaisberg
French candidate Emmanuel Macron against a blue background

It was reported that 90% of Jews voted for Emmanuel Macron and 10% for Marie Le Pen. What do these numbers say about the politics of the Jews of France?

Aron Hirt-Manheimer

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

Laws that impede or prevent eligible Americans fundamental right to vote do not reflect the values that make our nation a beacon to the world.

Barbara Weinstein

Election season is in full swing, and it’s been a difficult and contentious presidential election so far.

Alden Solovy

Our Jewish tradition helps us mark many sacred acts with blessings. Why not a blessing for voting?

Rabbi Laura Novak Winer


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