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Around the High Holidays, we may find ourselves remembering loved ones who have died, feeling the emptiness at the holiday table or in the pews during services.

Rabbi Sharon G. Forman
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Leaving our son at college for his first year, my wife and I are full of confidence, pride, and excitement, and we shed a few tears, too.

Rabbi Neal Gold
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At the Pride service my transgender daughter recently organized at our temple, she noted how she has always felt at home there. As her mom, those words warmed my heart.

Alisa Gold
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As Reform Jews, our task is to challenge America's conscience. Here, yet again, we offer words, prayers, and concrete ways to take action to prevent gun violence.

Kate Kaput
Large group of teenagers posing with Rabbi Paul Kipnes in front of the US Capitol Building

We met with the legislative directors who we could sense knew – and they knew that the teens knew – that our teens would be voting in just a few years time.

Rabbi Paul Kipnes and Rabbi Julia Weisz
Smiling bar mitzvah boy wearing a suit and kippah and wrapping himself in a prayer shawl from the bimah

We spent two hours doing a mitzvah project together before our synagogue social hall was transformed from an assembly line into a festive New Year’s Eve party. 

Cantor Rachel and Rabbi Adam Stock Spilker
Mother and daughter sitting back-to-back

From the moment of birth, children begin to separate from us. Once again, my 16-year-old daughter is pulling away from me and it is excruciatingly painful.

Rabbi Sharon G. Forman
Bat mitzvah girl holding Torah scroll

As Netta’s mom, I maintain balance between others accepting Netta for who she is – a child who has medical and developmental needs – and holding expectations high.

Allyson Perling
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In Jewish Spiritual Parenting: Wisdom, Activities, Rituals and Prayers for Raising Children with Spiritual Balance and Emotional Wholeness (Jewish Lights), husband and wife team Rabbi Paul Kipnes and Michelle November, MSSW, draw on Jewish ethical and mystical teachings as well as their own experiences as parents of three children – Rachel, Daniel, and Noah – in creating a valuable resource that is intentional, inclusive, and well attuned to the realities of Jewish life today. 

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
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