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Cyclist Kimberly Burnham and a friend stand over a row of bicycles

There’s a moment from 2013 that is forever etched in my head.

I am standing in the parking lot of Har Shalom in Missoula, MT. Beside me in the early morning sunlight is Rabbi Laurie Franklin, who I met just two days earlier, when other Hazon bicyclists and I rode into Missoula on a Tuesday night. She looks at me with soft wise eyes – the kind of wisdom born of tough experiences, I think – as she welcomes me to her synagogue. As she warmly shakes my hand I feel truly seen.

It is my second week of...

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Square eternal light with Hebrew and English bearing the words FOR GOD SHALL BE AN ETERNAL LIGHT TO YOU FOREVER

Following Saturday’s deadly shooting at Chabad of Poway in California, Reform Jewish clergy, activists, and other community leaders have issued statements, shared words of comfort, appeared on the news, and talked about the way forward after yet another gun-related tragedy of anti-Semitic origin.

In a statement issued at the end of Shabbat, Rabbi...

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Egalitarian prayer space at the Kotel (Western Wall)

Several months ago, I joined Women of the Wall (WOW) at the Kotel (the Western Wall) for Rosh Chodesh for the Hebrew month of Adar II, as I do at the beginning of every month. WOW is a feminist organization that fights for the right of women to pray according to their own practice at the Western Wall. That particular Friday morning was WOW’s 30th anniversary, so we knew we would encounter resistance. I awoke full of anxiety and excitement.

If only I’d known what was to come.

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Construction paper rendering of a broken heart held together with a bandage

Once again, we mourn - in sadness, in anger, but not with surprise.

Acts of violence, hatred and terror affect us all, and they also happen in a particular place and time. Chabad of Poway lost a member of their community over the weekend. Their sacred space was defiled with a centuries-old hatred newly reinvigorated. The Jewish community mourns with Chabad, and together we will rise. Am Yisrael Chai.

Let us also remember that events like these do...

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Back view of an older man with his arm around a younger man as if consoling him

In September 2018, I had the honor of attending the NYC premiere of the film All About Nina, where I met director Eva Vives and lead actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead. The film was an incredible directorial debut for Vives, and I was captivated by Winstead and her award-worthy performance as a comedian and survivor of sexual assault (inspired by Vives’ own experiences).

Through their powerful, moving film, released during the #MeToo movement, Vives and Winstead inspired me to write about...

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