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Challah, wine and Shabbat candles

Growing up, my family didn’t usually celebrate Shabbat at home. Only when I went away to college did Shabbat become truly meaningful.  

Alex Anesetti
Two braided Shabbat challot on a tray beneath a white and gold embroidered challah cover

I was honored to have been asked to help people in need, and I love that our synagogue is always giving back to our community. This overflowing lovingkindness is the true meaning of being Jewish.

Debra Gurin & Blythe Williams
Closeup of a black handgun lying on a dictionary definition of gun violence

Tragically, 2017 has been a particularly deadly year for gun violence. Partner with us in the struggle to prevent gun violence – join the National Gun Violence Prevention Shabbat.

Matt Fidel
view of woman from the back on an asphalt nature trail

Not in her wildest dreams, could Marilyn Paul have imagined that she would ever take a day off every week to calm her soul, and write a book about it. Learn her story.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Convention hall full of people during Biennial Shabbat worship service

Invariably, Biennial delegates say that one of the high points is praying together with 5,000 Reform Jews. Learn what’s in store for Shabbat at the upcoming Biennial.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
A brunette woman from the back with her hair up and her hands on her neck as she looks out over a body of water

May the “Me Too” campaign of this week be blessed with the staying power to live well beyond the news cycle.

Rabbi David Wirtschafter
Rabbis Tom Gutherz and Rachel Schmelkin of Congregation Beth Israel in Charlottesville stand in a synagogue sanctuary together with Union for Reform Judaism President Rabbi Rick Jacobs

May we continue to be inspired by Congregation Beth Israel to turn darkness into light, to turn fear into resolve, to turn xenophobia into acceptance, and to turn hatred into hope.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
Jewish students sitting on the steps of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington DC by candlelight

I couldn’t help but notice the similarities between their protest and our Havdalah services – and the deep differences those parallels represent.

Kate Bigam
challah on a cutting board, candles and wine, all on a table covered by a white lace tablecloth

Even as Shabbat is a day of rest, it also has the power to agitate, and thus is a call to action, a call for us to respond to the injustices we see in our world.

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner
woman with a yellow lab dog on a dock at sunset

Every week, we can experience an enlivening of our deepest selves when we turn away from the world of work for Shabbat.

Rabbi Rachel Barenblat


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