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Black and white photo of Rabbi Henry Cohen

Rabbi Henry Cohen became the spiritual leader of Congregation B’nai Israel in 1888, he couldn’t know that he would remain at the synagogue for the next 64 years.

Ivan Koop Kuper
Shiny but rumpled Israeli flag lying upon a white surface

Seventy years have gone by since the great miracle of the establishment of the State of Israel, and we are called upon to learn how to sow and reap at the same time.

Rabbi Gilad Kariv
Watermelon halves on display in Israeli market

“Those who sow in tears, shall reap in joy.” Whoever wrote these words knew the depth of our collective mourning is matched only by the height of our collective joy.

Cantor Evan Kent
Yellow raise boots on a wet wooden surface covered in leaves

"They know people died but nobody tells them about the worlds that were lost."

Julia Knobloch

I am often asked why Jews went like sheep to the slaughter during the Holocaust. The question falsely assumes it was possible to resist, but Jews failed to do so.

Nechama Tec
Barracks at Auschwitz Birkenau in the snow

As the son of Holocaust survivors, I ruled out the possibility of ever visiting a concentration camp. Doing so would be emotionally off the charts.

Marty Yura
People sitting in a synagogue for the congregations Yom HaShoah ceremony

Yom HaShoah is typically a somber time to reflect, and for me personally, to be angry at the world. Last year, however, was different.

Virginia Ring with Dr. Deborah Fripp
President Harry S. Truman and Eddie Jacobson

President Truman’s prompt recognition of the state of Israel in 1948 might not have happened without Eddie Jacobson, a little-known Reform Jew from Kansas City, Missouri.

Rabbi Steven Stark Lowenstein
Statue of Liberty in shadow with sun shining behind her

Learn how the author of this special Passover reading views the many blessings America has offered Jews throughout history.

Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, Ph.D.
Almond trees in an Israeli orchard

At my seder, as at many, we go around the table, taking turns reading successive pieces of the text.

Jeremy M. Wolfe

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