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When you travel abroad, do you try to incorporate Judaism into your visits to other countries? Just as we can "do Jewish" while traveling domestically, so, too, are there a myriad ways to experience Jewish life, culture, and, especially, history while traveling outside North America. 

From Shabbat on the go while road tripping across the country to checking out a new synagogue community while on an island vacation, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite Jewish (and...

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Summer is prime travel time, and no matter where you’re headed, you can “do Jewish” while you’re there.  

From Shabbat on the go while road tripping across the country to checking out a new synagogue community while on an island vacation, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite Jewish (and Jewish-ish) vacation spots and ideas in North America, submitted by the staff of the Union for Reform Judaism.

What’s on your own list? And how will you celebrate Jewish life while you’re on the go this summer? Comment and let us know!

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Written several years ago, this poem about Parashat Balak is among my favorites...  

I meant to curse You. I opened my lips Past the borders of my fear And felt the curse rise in my throat. Like the sun, It's heat burned And lit me from within. Oh! I meant to curse You. Instead there was a song: Diffuse and Round, A glory of light and dark Together. Rising like glory, And cold, And silver. Rising like wonder And reflected joy. I meant to curse you Instead I called out...

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I don’t remember exactly when I first learned of chevrah kadisha (holy society), the group of people who ensure that the bodies of deceased Jews are properly protected and prepared for burial according to Jewish tradition. I do recall that it was sometime in early 2011 that I volunteered to serve as a shomeret (guard, feminine form) for members of my synagogue on behalf of the Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation, which organizes and manages our local Jewish burial society. Chevrah kadisha is a Jewish custom that originated in Prague in 1564.

I’m not certain what prompted me to take...

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“Kids, before I loved your father, I was in love with a woman…”

“Kids, I want you to know that I wasn’t always heterosexual. I mean, I’m still not heterosexual, but…”

“Judah, Niva, before you were born, there was a time when mommy thought her future kids would have two mommies…”

None of these openers rolls off the tongue, nor do any seem totally digestible for my 4- and 6-year-old children – yet, these are some of the ways I’ve tried to explain my sexuality to them.

Some people may think it inappropriate to discuss sexuality with young children or that this...

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