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What was it like to grow up in a communal children’s house on an Israeli kibbutz? Rachel Biale was born in 1952 and raised on Kibbutz Kfar Ruppin, overlooking the Jordan River. She is the author of the new memoir Growing Up Below Sea Level: A Kibbutz Childhood (Mandel Vilar Press).

Rachel, who earned her MSW in social work from Yeshiva...

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Cantor Laura Stein and Rabbi Sandy Bogin lead Shabbat worship services behind a loudspeaker

Shabbat observance fulfills a special purpose in nursing home settings. In the residence where I serve as cantor and hospice chaplain, Shabbat marks a unique kind of transition. The week, structured with activities and sessions, makes way for a quieter time of simple togetherness. It also signals the weekend, when spouses, children, and grandchildren, off from work and school, visit their loved ones and provide companionship.

Above all, Shabbat is an anchor that connects people to a past they may fear they’re...

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These days, it seems as though a new crisis erupts in the United States every month. The COVID-19 pandemic engulfed the country in early March but was followed weeks later by a sudden rise in public awareness regarding police brutality against Black people.

As the Religious Action Center’s legislative staffer responsible for health care policy, I had been immersed in the Reform Movement’s COVID-19 response since March and was admittedly caught off guard when the news shifted almost entirely to police violence in late spring. I thought to myself, “...

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VOTE HERE sign outside a polling place where a women is walking through the doors

Voting is power. It holds our elected officials accountable and is also a mitzvah (commandment or good deed). Rabbi Hillel taught, “Do not separate yourself from the community” (Avot 2:4). But what happens when people aren’t counted, and their votes are taken away?

Every voice matters, and every vote should, too – but in many places across the U.S., restrictive laws and practices disproportionately keep People of Color from voting.

As someone who is too young to vote, I am motivated to ensure that everyone who is eligible to exercise this right does so. I live in a state...

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Multi-racial family gathered enthusiastically around a computer

When in-person summer camping couldn’t proceed due to the pandemic, the Union for Reform Judaism switched gears and rolled out RJ on the Go, an interactive platform for families seeking Jewish meaning, purpose, and joy this summer.

Choose from among the following exciting activities:

Jewish Life in Your Family Life (Ages 5-12)

Streamed live, this program introduces children and parents to a different middah (Jewish character trait).

  • Week 1, June 29-July 3: Sakranut (...
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