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During Sukkot this year, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism worked with Reform congregations across North America to host immigrant justice events in the sukkah. Congregations from coast to coast welcomed immigrants, asylum-seekers, and refugees to be guests in their sukkot and to share their stories. Here are a few reports from congregations that held these moving events.

In California...

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Nadav Lapid’s Synonyms is a superbly directed, thinly plotted, challenging, provocative new film that was nominated for four Ophir Awards, the Israeli equivalent of an Oscar.

In lesser hands, the story of Yoav, a 20-something Israeli escaping what he considers an oppressive society by moving to Paris, would be a sophomoric tale of the disillusioned ex-soldier. But by punctuating his film with arresting images and absurd vignettes, writer-director Lapid has conjured up an intriguing portrayal of the consummate outsider.

Yoav, played with frenetic intensity by newcomer Tom...

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David Broza in concert

Described recently by Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin as "the best of the best,” singer-songwriter, peace activist, and native son David Broza has been charming audiences around the world with his folk, rock, and blues music for more than four decades. Just in time for David's appearance on ReformJudaism.org's weekly podcast On the Other Hand: Ten Minutes of Torah, I...

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It was a friend of mine who said it – a therapist, in fact. In talking about her husband’s very difficult ex-wife, and, by way of dismissing her as a mother – or even, really, as a person one could take seriously at all – she said, “She’s borderline.”

She was referring to borderline personality disorder, a real and oftentimes difficult mental health diagnosis. People with this diagnosis may experience depression, fear of abandonment, unstable yet intense relationships, feelings of emptiness, mood swings, suicidal thoughts and gestures, and more.

Yes, that may indeed make...

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Protesters rallying for health care for all

Earlier this month, the Trump administration announced that the United States will deny visas to immigrants who “will financially burden” the health care system. The proclamation requires immigrants to prove they either have approved health insurance – insurance purchased through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges won’t count – within 30 days of entering the United States, or the ability to pay health care...

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