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The onslaught of stories exposing powerful men committing acts of sexual violence against women is a sad reminder that we often are not safe in our own bodies.

Susannah R. Cohen
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This year, give the gift of social justice! Here you can find a gift idea for each night of Hanukkah to emphasize the work of tikkun olam – the work of repairing a broken world.

Liz Mitlak
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#GivingTuesday provides us with an opportunity to demonstrate one of the most fundamental teachings of Jewish tradition: tending to the needs of others in our community.

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

Matt Adler
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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
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If you’re looking for a place to start learning more about current social justice issues, these book recommendations are for you.

Evan Traylor and Zoe Goodman
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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
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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
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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)

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