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Black and white drawing of art piece of Abraham the First Jew as referenced in this essay

My father's art was stolen from him - only to be returned, many years later, by the thief's repentant children.

Rabbi Zoë Klein Miles
Family kitchen table topped with food and drinks with living room chairs visible in the background

What we do and say at the kitchen table, how we behave, and how we put down or lift up others all become engraved in people’s memory and the libretto of their grief when we die.

Rabbi Ben Kamin
Three stained glass windows bearing Stars of David against an all black background

A former synagogue member wondered, “How would being a member make my life better or different?” Even as a congregational rabbi, I admit that I struggled to answer her question.

Rabbi Paul Kipnes
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
Firefighter from behind climbing steps to a building in a raging fire

As wildfires continue to ravage northern California, learn what you can do to help support the victims.

Jane E. Herman
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
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

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