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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)
Community members in San Juan holding up the water filters sent by Beit Ahavah in Northampton, MA

When Beit Ahavah in Northampton, MA, saw a need for water filters in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, the community jumped into action and got them there.

Rabbi Riqi Kosovske
Closeup of the middle of a fiddle

Growing up, my newfound love of Yiddish music became my cultural ambassador moment, my way of sharing a Jewish cultural aspect with my broader community.

Courtney Naliboff
Young woman in a red velvet hat and a pink overcoat flings her arm above her head as though singing an expressive song in front of an old fashioned butcher shop

In Amazon's newest series, premiering November 26, the Jewish shtick is lathered on generously but played endearingly. 

Wes Hopper
Songleaders dressed in white playing guitar and singing on an outdoor stage at URJ Camp Newman looking out over Shabbat services attended by campers

Recent California wildfires devastated Camp Newman’s physical space. I feel that it is my duty – and my honor – to give back to the camp that has given me the world. 

Rachel Wolman
Young children in a classroom setting dancing or moving in a circle while holding hands with one another and their adult instructors

 Let's stretch our creativity a bit to mine “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” for some metaphorical nuggets to teach preschoolers about Jewish values.

Jan Zauzmer
Four glittery black and orange jackolanterns against a teal backdrop

Do Jews celebrate Halloween? Well, it depends on whom you ask. Reform Jews seem to be particularly divided on the subject of celebrating the spooky holiday.

Kate Bigam
LGBT rainbow flag blowing against a blue sky

The Reform Jewish community has welcomed, embraced and fought for LGBTQ people and continues to do so even now as transgender individuals are under attack by our government.

Rabbi Denise L. Eger
Two people in total shadow jumping on the beach with sunlight behind them

Before we left the house as kids, my dad always asked, “Is everybody happy?” Learn what Jewish tradition has to say about happiness.

Rabbi Sharon G. Forman
Photo of Temple Beth Shalom the brick synagogue in Puerto Rico damaged internally by Hurricane Maria and its floods

The situation in Puerto Rico remains dire, with basic living conditions and communications extremely challenged. The challenges and needs its residents face are many.

Kate Bigam

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