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A snapshot of two laughing men one Haredi Jewish with a long beard and the other with close cropped brown hair

My first Yiddish lesson in Israel did not go well - but an unlikely friendship with Yisroel, a Haredi restaurateur, saved the day.

Matt Adler
Silhouette of family members holding hands in front of a chain link fence

Our congregation has tried to live up to the Torah’s challenge, reaching out to refugee neighbors who come from cultures and communities very different from our own.

Rabbi Daniel Kirzane
Amber colored crystal pendant engraved with a Star of David on a chain against a white background

Aaron Hahn Tapper talks about weaving together the multiple ways Jews identify in terms of culture, ethnicity, nation, nationality, race, religion.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
The two men and two women representing the Class of the 100th Israeli Reform Rabbi

Exciting news! This week, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion will ordain the 100th Israeli Reform rabbi.

Kate Bigam Kaput
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
Bright red stop sign against a bright blue sky with clouds

The Forward's "Rabbis Riundtable" series asked 25 rabbis of all denominations to answer this difficult question. Here's how the Reform rabbis on the list respoded.

Kate Bigam
Computer keyboard; the return key is red and says hate speech on it

Members of our community were shocked recently to receive campaign postcards that included photos of two candidates with red “Deport” stamps below their faces.

Rabbi David Z. Vaisberg
Three men in bathing suits sitting on a large chair on the beach that reads TEL AVIV LOVES ME

Five years ago, H. Alan Scott emerged from the mikveh waters. Soon, he'll be celebrating another milestone: throwing himself a bar mitzvah.

Derek Kwait (JTA)
Closeup of an old and slightly faded globe of the world

Recent headlines tell of Jewish life in countries around the world; here are just a few that caught my eye as of late. 

Kate Bigam
Black and white movie still of two Orthodox Jewish men in black hats and jackets

The black and white film 1945, in Hungarian with English subtitles, is charged with historical allegory and symbolic dread. It teaches: Acknowledge the sins of the past, as your soul may depend on it.

Wes Hopper

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