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“These children are God’s children… and it is up to us to restore these children to their parents and to restore the soul of our country.” -Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner

Families belong together, and we’re not backing down until the Trump administration reunites separated families.

On Thursday, a group of 40 faith leaders – 10 each from the Jewish, Muslim, Catholic, and Protestant faith traditions – traveled to McAllen, TX, where they met with and bore witness to the families who have crossed the border in search of a better future. McAllen is home to the United States’ largest...

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Below are three original prayers, written by members of our Reform community, addressing the ongoing and escalating situation in which immigrant children are forcibly separated from their parents and held in mass detention facilities. Writes liturgist Alden Solovy of the blog To Bend Light, who wrote the prayer below called “For Children at Our Borders,”

This is a prayer against the injustice of children taken from parents by U.S. immigration authorities, parents seeking asylum in this free democratic nation. In six weeks, some 2,000 children have been separated from their parents...

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Throughout the years, we at ReformJudaism.org have been honored to publish countless essays about families, many of them with a focus on motherhood. We’ve shared stories from mothers, about mothers, honoring late mothers, and hoping for motherhood.

This Mother’s Day, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite stories about moms to share with you. We hope you’ll read them, enjoy them, relate to them, comment on them, and maybe share stories of your own mothers. Happy Mother’s Day!

1. “Rings and Things: Remembering Loss, Moving Toward Life"

Esther Kustanowitz writes about a...

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Friday is National Tell-a-Story Day in the United States, and you know who loves telling a good story? The Jewish people! So much of what our rabbis, cantors, and educators do can be described as storytelling, from sharing divrei Torah (literally, “words of Torah”) about the weekly Torah portions to teaching Midrash (story-based commentary about Torah and Jewish values).

A year ago, we celebrated National Tell-a-Story Day by announcing the launch of our new podcast, Stories We Tell. Rabbi Leora Kaye, our podcast producer, wrote of the new project, “This deep and rich tradition of...

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Group of teens holding signs for gun violence prevention in front of an orange March for Our Lives banner

Thousands of Reform Jews around the United States gathered today to participate in March for Our Lives events in Washington, D.C. and satellite events across the country. In D.C., the Reform Movement was proud to host a Shabbat worship experience before the march, attended by nearly 2,000 Reform teens and adults and their allies. Led by teens from NFTY: The Reform Jewish Youth Movement, the event included prayer, song, and inspiring commentary that allowed our participants to gather strength as a Movement before taking to the streets to demand action on gun violence...

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