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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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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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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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