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Kate Kaput


A shorthaired Rabbi Lynne Landsberg speaking at a podium

Rabbi Lynne Landsberg was the first person I ever considered to be a true mentor, someone who was invested in both my personal and professional well-being and truly wanted to help me be a better activist and Reform Jew. On her first yahrzeit (anniversary of death), I can’t help but recall how she influenced my life and the legacy she left behind.

When I started my first job after college, working as an Eisendrath Legislative Assistant at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (known affectionately as “the RAC”), I knew almost nothing about Judaism or politics (I know, I know...

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Selfie of the author with her grandmother

My mom doesn’t want me to tell you this, but decluttering is not a task at which she particularly excels. She doesn’t have anything to be embarrassed about; after all, Marie Kondo wouldn’t be nearly as popular as she is if the majority of us were neat and tidy! My mom is by no means a hoarder, and her house is very clean. She just has a lot of stuff, the result of 30-plus years spent living in the same place.

But she’d like to downsize to a smaller place in the next couple of years, which means that first, she has to downsize some of said stuff. Understandably, it feels like an...

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Stone statue of Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr

Each year, the Reform Movement honors the legacy of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by commemorating the Shabbat nearest to MLK Day as Shabbat Tzedek. On this Shabbat, we remember the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and celebrate the hard-fought victories of the civil rights movement. It is also a time of reflection and recommitment as our movement renews its efforts in the struggle for racial justice in North America.

While we celebrate the great achievements of the civil rights era, we have no illusions about the progress yet to be achieved. Decades after Dr....

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Shiny 2018 against a black background

As we prepare to ring in 2019, we look back on the year we leave behind, and… whew, what a year. Below are the top 10 Reform Jewish moments of the year, both positive and negative.

Do you agree with our choices? What would you add? Leave us a comment and let us know – and may 2019 bring many more positive headlines within the Reform Jewish world and beyond. Happy New Year, friends.

1. Jews worldwide mourned together after the Pittsburgh shootings.

On Saturday, October 27, 2018, during Shabbat morning study, a gunman opened fire in Tree of Life Synagogue, a Conservative...

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2018 written in fireworks

Oh, what a year it’s been. With 2019 coming up quickly, we’ve rounded up the top Reform Movement stories of 2018, listed below. Happy New Year!

1. A new study proves the positive impact of Reform youth programs on lifelong Jewish identity.

A new study conducted for URJ Youth by leading impact evaluation firm Rosov Consulting demonstrates lifelong Jewish outcomes for alumni of URJ youth experiences such as NFTY, the Reform Jewish Youth Movement, and URJ Camps. The survey of more than 3,000 alumni (aged 25+) was compared to the Pew Center’s study of American Jewish Life and offers a...

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