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A toddler's hand holding a dreidel in the foreground; hanukkiyah and gifts in the background (blurred)

It's a conversation I had had hundreds of times in my 44 years as a Jewish educator. However, this time was different: It was with my son.

Robin Eisenberg, RJE
Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Rev. Al Sharpton, and other faith leaders in McAllen, TX

It is a blessing to stand side by side with other rabbis, cantors, priests, imams, and pastors, to demonstrate our commitment to achieving a more just and compassionate immigration system.

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner
Open book of the Koran on a small bench atop a colorful embroidered rug

I always find interfaith encounters provide myriad ways to evaluate and deepen my own faith and who better to learn about the Koran than one who has never read it?

Sofi Hersher
The author standing in a row of people, including her newly ordained Baptist minister friend

To welcome the stranger is to make our homes, congregations, and countries places of refuge for all. But what about welcoming the stranger into our hearts?

Sofi Hersher
About two dozen Jewish and Bahai individuals posing for a photo together

We agreed that we wanted to find ways to continue our relationship and engage in dialogue, so we started brainstorming ideas for future get-togethers.

Lori Levine
Older man holding preschool-age boy on his lap. Both appear happy.

For the first time in history, we knew in advance that the winner of the 2016 presidential election would have a Jewish son-in-law – Marc Mezvinsky or Jared Kushner.

Jonathan D. Sarna
2017 URJ Biennial logo in three dimensions at entrance to Boston's Hynes Convention Center

URJ Biennials are filled with lots of big moments, but sometimes the magic – and the most important lessons – are in the small ones.

David Billotti
Assortment of dreidels amidst holiday lights

Sometimes we create our own traditions, sometimes we carry on a tradition we inherit, and sometimes a tradition can come from unexpected places.

Ann Imig
Gabe and his family at his bar mitzvah

We are fortunate that Reform Judaism makes it possible for us to embrace all who step into Jewish life and endeavor to create sacred space for those they love.

Rabbi Billy Dreskin
Framed artwork that includes Arabic writing on a background of blue, black, and green

This new year, I’m studying Arabic to be able to converse with Palestinians in Israel and the West Bank, augmenting my lifelong caring relationship with Israel.

Rabbi Reuven Greenvald

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