Search URJ.org and the other Reform websites:

history

Little girl sitting on the floor to play dreidel

Samuel E. Goldfarb penned “I Have a Little Dreidel”, while his older brother composed “Shalom Aleichem.” To use a Christian equivalent, it would be like having one brother write “Jingle Bells” and another compose “Silent Night.”

Albert Stern (JTA)
Young girls in the Shanghai Ghetto

In 1941, Japanese aggression was not foremost on the minds of America’s Jews. The relative silence may have been influenced by numerous factors.

Rabbi Daniel M. Bronstein, Ph.D.

A compelling new biography dispels rumors and debunks myths about the roots of Hitler’s anti-Semitism.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer

The only thing I needed to see with my own eyes was the infamous sign over the main gate that reads ARBEIT MACHT FREI, “Work makes you free.”

Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs

The end is near. When we wake up on November 9th, it will be over. And what happens then? We get up and go to work.

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner

Kristallnacht, which literally means “the night of broken glass,” occurred on the night of November 9, 1938; this date marked the beginning of the Holocaust.

Cantor Rebecca Garfein

Most people, if they’ve heard of her at all, connect Emma Lazarus to the most famous phrases of her sonnet, “The New Colossus,” written to help raise money for the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal fund in 1883. But poems she translated and composed before that generated another kind of legacy.

Barbara Krasner

Failing in his attempt to influence the Russian government to ameliorate its policies toward Jews, one man began financing their mass emigration.

Carol Ascher

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

The early American synagogue occasionally reflected its frontier environment. Fist fights, defending the honor of women congregants, and even duels were not unheard of. Perhaps the best known of these riotous events involved a rabbi and the president of the synagogue in Albany, New York, in 1850. And not just any rabbi, but the future founder of the American Reform Movement, Isaac Mayer Wise! The president was Louis Spanier, wealthy, charismatic, and the brother-in-law of Samuel Mayer, the chief rabbi of Hanover in northern Germany.

Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, Ph.D.

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - history