In the spring of 2019, an alarming surge in anti-abortion legislation was present in state legislatures across the U.S. Nine states enacted gestational age bans on abortion, many as early as six weeks – before most individuals even know they are pregnant. Fortunately, all bans have been blocked by federal judges from taking effect for the time being.
Four states adopted...Read More
We live in difficult times, and as a progressive Reform Jew who cares deeply about injustice and human rights, I sit in frustration and horror at the atrocities unfolding daily. I wonder, like so many others, what can I do?
My Judaism tells me I need to do something. It propels me, especially as a person of privilege, such that I must act.
In recent years, I’ve become particularly concerned about continued crises in immigration, gun violence, and reproductive rights. Beyond signing petitions and showing up to marches, I began to feel a pull to do more. As a fundraiser, I...Read More
Rabbi Dan Moskovitz is the senior rabbi at Temple Sholom in Vancouver, BC, and chair of Reform Rabbis of Canada. He previously served as associate rabbi at Temple Judea in Tarzana, California. Rabbi Moskovitz is the author of numerous articles and publications, including The Men’s Seder (MRJ Press). I sat down with him to talk about his life’s journey and how his experience and insights are expressed in his latest...Read More
Marra Gad is a Los Angeles-based TV and film producer with a rich Jewish background: She’s an alumna of URJ Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI), a Reform Jewish summer camp in Oconomowoc, WI, and she holds a master's degree in modern Jewish history.
She’s also the author of a new memoir, The Color of Love: A Story of a Mixed-Race Jewish Girl (Bolden Books, 2019), chronicling her childhood as “a mixed-race, Jewish unicorn” in Chicago. Her story focuses,...Read More
Isaac Herzog, chairman of the executive of The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), is an attorney and a former member of the Knesset (Israeli parliament), where he served from 2003 until 2018. During his tenure, he chaired the Labor Party and held several ministerial posts, including Minister of Housing and Construction, Minister of Tourism, and Minister of Diaspora Affairs, among others.
I recently met with him to talk about his service to the Jewish people – in Israel and throughout the world.
Reform Judaism.org: What does it mean to you...Read More