At long last, the World Zionist Congress (WZC) elections have arrived, and voting has begun!
Participating in the WZC elections by supporting the ticket titled “Vote Reform: ARZA Representing the Reform Movement and Reconstructing Judaism” is the only way American Jews can weigh in democratically about issues in Israel – and ensure a society that truly reflects the Jewish values we hold dear: pluralism, equality, economic justice, and peace.
It’s also quick and easy, so vote now....Read More
When we began planning our wedding, I, an avid DIYer, was set on making our wedding cake. From the start, my mother was hesitant of the idea, and as the details of the wedding day fell into place, I reluctantly concluded that she was right (as usual).
Instead, I settled for baking hundreds of pineapple tart rugelach, the marriage of a Peranakan pineapple tart and a Jewish rugelach. These cookies were one of the first ways I celebrated our multiracial and Jewish family through cooking, paying homage to my...Read More
Editor's Note: On November 19, Reform Jews met outside of an immigration court in San Antonio, TX, to protest the administration’s unjust “Remain in Mexico” policy and its attacks on immigrants and the asylum process. Rabbi Mara S. Nathan spoke in front of the court, sharing why, as Jews, it’s our duty to welcome the immigrant and stand up for injustice:
Even before our country’s inception, people came to our shores looking for economic opportunity and freedom from oppression. Sometimes that oppression has been religious, sometimes it has been racial,...Read More
I’ve often wondered what it is like to be buried in the Garden of Sharon, the Jewish cemetery that is a part of the much larger non-denominational Forest Lawn facility in Long Beach, California.
For my late parents, Bernie and Selma Cooperman, who are buried together in this space, it means being part of the neighborhood of Jewish families, many of whom have known each other for decades. The cemetery is filled with local people and their relatives whom I knew personally from my childhood onward.
I grew up in Long Beach and got to know many of my peers whose parents and...Read More
I am queer.
I’ve known this in my bones for as far back as I can remember, but I never knew whether I should ignore it, hide it, or try to pray it out – because in the Catholic community in which I grew up, openly queer people were seen as “looking for attention” or “causing trouble.”
For a long time, I didn’t know why I was so uncomfortable in the boys’ bathroom or why I felt so fake when I was asked to play with the “other boys.” As a child, I didn’t have the vocabulary to understand this, and there wasn’t much insight on gender expansiveness from my religious community...Read More