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Cantor Evan Kent and Rabbi Don Goor celebrating the sixth anniversary of their aliyah in Jerusalem

In July of 2013, my husband, Rabbi Don Goor, and I, together with our cat, Merlin, made aliyah. We moved from Los Angeles, where we had lived and worked at our respective synagogues for 25 years and began the process of creating new lives in our newly adopted home of Jerusalem.

The first year was a whirlwind of activity: meetings with immigration officials, setting up banking accounts, beginning work in new jobs, buying an apartment that we would later renovate, creating new friendships, learning to drive in Israel (six years later, I’m still learning to drive in Israel!), and for...

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As I enter a new phase of life as a retired person (my friends often substitute “preferment” for “retirement”), I have a wonderful opportunity to pursue in-depth a passion I have previously pursued more sporadically: contributing to this world by volunteering at the intersection of Judaism and social justice.

I am a professor emerita of nursing science, the founding director of the program in nursing science at the University of California, Irvine, and the founding chair of the department of nursing at the School of Social Work at the University of Southern California. My dual...

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Slices of watermelon in green bowls on a wooden table

What's the quintessential summer fruit? If your answer is watermelon, you're not alone. Israel is home to about 100 watermelon growers who sell approximately 100,000 tons of watermelon every year, making it one of the country's most popular fruits. Health bonus: This sweet treat contains lycopene, an antioxidant thought to help reduce the risk of cancer and other diseases. 

In the United States, July is National Watermelon Month, though National Watermelon Day is August 3 - and of course, it's delicious all summer long (and beyond, if you can get it). Here are three of our favorite...

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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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