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Woman playing the cello

For most North American Jews, the haunting melody of Kol Nidrei surely is the piece of liturgy that best represents Yom Kippur, prompting us to delve deep into our souls.

Cantor Deborrah Cannizzaro
Medieval Sephardic synagogue in Castelo de Vide, Portugal

What do dates, pomegranates, apples, spinach, squash, pumpkin, beets, scallions, and maybe even, the cheek meat of a fish have to do with Rosh HaShanah

Rabbi Lisa Sari Bellows
Portion of the Israel flag (Star of David on white background with part of the blue stripes visible) on the righthand part of a wooden surface

It was May 13, 1948 and the new Jewish State was to be declared the following afternoon, but David Ben Gurion didn’t yet have a Declaration of Independence.

Rabbi Neal Gold
A woman in \WWII era dress stares out over a body of water

Renowned French-Jewish director Emmanuel Finkiel’s new film, A Memoir of War, is a haunting meditation on the pain of not knowing.

Wes Hopper
Female songleader Dawn Bernstein leads a group of campers in song in a photo from URJ GUCI camp in the 1970s

When I was growing up, Jewish music was the sole purview of men. I had never seen a woman sing on the bimah (pulpit) - but then I made history.

Dawn Bernstein
Stop sign next to the word HATE written on a chalkboard

American Jewry is safe from actual attack, yes, but the Nazi chant of “You will not replace us” lives on in ongoing immigration policy, in public discourse, and in international movements

Dahlia Lithwick
Large rock monument described in this essay

We wanted to start telling the truth about the past of our city as a necessary step in mending its future.

Rabbi Tom Gutherz
View through barbed wire at barracks as in a concentration camp

All of a sudden, I got very scared, realizing in a very visceral way that my children will never hear firsthand a story of the Holocaust.

Sophie Elwood
Side view of the Statue of Liberty during an orange sunset

What happens when we let unfounded fear of one another obstruct our nation’s heritage of acceptance and of fair treatment under the law? 

Rabbi Leah Doberne-Schor
Black and white photo of Leonard Bernstein playing the piano

More than 30 countries are hosting concerts featuring Bernstein’s music, including the U.S., Canada, France, Britain, Israel, China, Russia, Iran, Malaysia, and Kuwait.

Rabbi A. James Rudin

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