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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
Flat stones laid out to form the shape of a heart on wet beach sand

Tu B’Av – a minor Jewish holiday often understood to be the Jewish equivalent to Valentine’s Day – celebrates the love we give and receive in our lives.

Rabbi P.J. Schwartz
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
Menu from the Trefa Banquet

There is no question that treif was served at the Highland House banquet, but 135 years later there are still a number of historical questions that need to be addressed.

Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, Ph.D.
Close up on American flag; stars in the foreground, stripes in the background

This year, Flag Day offers us a unique opportunity to reflect on the intersection of faith and patriotism in the context of flag etiquette.

Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, Ph.D.
Israeli flags

As Israel observes the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War and the reunification of Jerusalem, this moment offers us a unique point of reflection.

Steven Windmueller, Ph.D.

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