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Kutz campers in a group each holding signs about why they vote

My name is Tali, and I just spent three and a half weeks learning how to be an effective and just leader

Tali Meisel
Many pairs of hands forming hearts

The waning of summer's warm days signals the arrival of the Hebrew month of Elul. It's a time to contemplate the approaching Days of Awe and how best to prepare for them.

Rabbi Sharon G. Forman
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
Three female campers smiling at the camera in a photo taken at camp in the 1980s

I ultimately landed in my career as a therapist - also known as a counselor - & I often notice that some of the most basic skills in my field I learned at camp, where the seeds of my career were planted

Shayna Warner
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
Random assortment of plastic Hebrew letter magnets

These days, I mostly use Hebrew to teach bar and bat mitzvah students, but seeking to enhance my Hebrew IQ, I’ve started streaming Israeli music and television shows.

Rabbi Sharon G. Forman
closeup of a microphone with stage lights blurry in the background

Speaking truth to power is not an easy task, especially when God or the President of the United States are the perpetrators of injustice. Sadly, we’re still waiting for a political Abraham to emerge.

Jacob Gurvis
View of Paris at night

During my recent sabbatical, my husband and I traveled to France, where we explored all facets of Progressive Jewish life in the City of Lights.

Cantor Jacqueline Rawiszer
Person sitting on a bench (in shadow) watching the sky

Our lives are so hurried and hectic that sometimes we need time just to catch our breath. This is the purpose of Shabbat.

Rabbi Rick Schechter
Covers of three of the books listed in this article

What are you reading this summer? Comment and let us know - and find more reads on our book reviews page.

Marissa Solomon

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