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As someone who is half-Filipino and half-Hispanic and grew up in a diverse Dallas, TX, neighborhood, I never gave much thought to the politics of skin color and how that affected me – at least not

Anjelica Ruiz
Family portrait of the author and his wife gazing lovingly at one another while she holds their newborn daughter in the nursery

The need for tikkun olam has never been more urgent. I see it as my duty to instill these ideals in my daughter, and I find myself hungry for a Jewish community in which we can share our dedication to them.

Robert Schurz
bar mitzvah boy in tallit returning the scroll to the ark

“So what’s the theme of your son’s bar mitzvah?” It was such a simple question that it’s difficult to explain exactly why it stumped me. How was it that, when I was on the other side of the table, I had no idea how to respond?

Rabbi Anthony Fratello

Professionally and personally, I have witnessed the beauty in how the “different” can bring together families, their friends and their Jewish communities. In particular, I was privileged to be part of the process as Aubree Bella became a bat mitzvah

Rabbi Rebecca Dubowe

I was recently asked to deliver the commencement address to the eighth-grade graduating class at Southern Connecticut Hebrew Academy, a Judaic and secular d

Bruce Josephy

The events of my son’s bar mitzvah day don't begin to tell the story of how Max arrived at that moment.

Dean Asofsky

I was born into a Catholic family and given a Catholic education, but for as long as I can remember, Judaism has always fascinated me.

Cristina Fernandes

Growing up the child of a Jew-by-choice, everything about Judaism was a choice for us. For my mother, Judaism was a gift. She felt very proud to count herself among the Jewish people.

Anna Marx

It’s not often I can draw from a Saturday Night Live skit to help teach my students a lesson at Atlanta’s Davis Academy, where I am an educator.

Sara Beth Berman


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