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Woman playing the cello

For most North American Jews, the haunting melody of Kol Nidrei surely is the piece of liturgy that best represents Yom Kippur, prompting us to delve deep into our souls.

Cantor Deborrah Cannizzaro
Empty plate, clean cloth napkin, knife and fork arranged on wooden background

There are numerous reasons you may not be able to fast on Yom Kippur, but here are other ways to observe the holiday.

Rabbi Ruth Adar
View of the Old City and the hills of Jerusalem at sunset

During the Days of Awe, we engage in a full accounting of our souls and our actions. Perhaps this process should be applied to our relationship with Israel as well.

Chelsea Feuchs
A smooth grey rock in sand surrounded by a swirl pattern in the sand

The Days of Awe offer us opportunities to consider how we spend our days and what brings us joy. This work is precisely what we need to be doing at this season.

Rabbi Ilana Schachter
Woman in shadow facing away and holding a guitar overhead with both hands. Sunshine and clouds surround her shadow.

Learn the backstory of how a new song, “Creation Sings,” grew from the collaboration among two musicians and a liturgist.

Cantor Erin Frankel and Alden Solovy
Eight individuals (adults and children) in shadow walking single file in front of a sky of sun and clouds

When Usumain arrived in Israel after years of searching for a safe place to call home, he was desperately in need of a country that would open its arms to him.

Sarah Moody
Image of Canadian land mass covered by a maple leaf flag

In Canada, our social justice initiatives focus on child poverty, refugee resettlement, and advocating for the Aboriginal community, among other issues.

Rabbi Cory Weiss
Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi leading worship services at camp

We interview Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi, Ph.D., the author of numerous books, articles, and Torah commentaries. 

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Portion of the Israel flag (Star of David on white background with part of the blue stripes visible) on the righthand part of a wooden surface

It was May 13, 1948 and the new Jewish State was to be declared the following afternoon, but David Ben Gurion didn’t yet have a Declaration of Independence.

Rabbi Neal Gold
Bowl of bright pink borscht garnished with hard-boiled egg and greens

My kids would rather starve than eat a blintz or other food with roots in the shtetls of Eastern Europe. They’ll have to find other ways to connect to their Jewish past.

Rabbi Sharon G. Forman

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