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To end this year's observance of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, Reform Jewish teen leaders from NFTY - The Reform Jewish Youth Movement spoke with Holocaust survivor Ralph Rehbock to hear his story and talk about finding hope in times of darkness. 

NFTY President Maya Levy and NFTY Religious and Cultural Vice President Brandon Morantz led the conversation with Rehbock, now vice president of the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, who was born in Gotha, Germany, in 1934. After the events of Kristellnacht in 1938, Rehbock and his family were able to escape...

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Passover begins Wednesday at sundown, and we know that this year's observance will look quite different than in years past. This year, let us draw from the well of our traditions. Though they may not be the same as they were in the past, they will be life-affirming and life-sustaining on this Passover that is, truly, so different from all others.

Whether you're hosting a seder via Zoom or doing a small, in-person seder with those quarantined with you at home, these two new video resources may be helpful in guiding you through the steps of the seder. For additional digital content,...

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As the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) continues, we’re all adjusting to new realities. Our URJ staffers are working hard to chart new courses of action during these uncertain times, creating opportunities and venues for continue to create the transformative connections that are at the core of our Reform Jewish Movement.

As we round up resources of critical help to congregations, we're also creating content for our educational website,, to help members of our community find new ways to "do Jewish" from home. From Torah study to Shabbat ideas, family discussion...

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Judaism has a deep and rich tradition of storytelling, of passing down stories from one generation to the next. To carry on that tradition, Stories We Tell, a weekly podcast from, shares a new story every Thursday to reflect on and discuss with the people in your life

This time of ongoing quarantine is a perfect times to start listening to our storytelling podcast or, if you're a longtime subscriber, to re-listen to our top five episodes. Give them a listen, and don’t forget to tune in each week!

1. “Elijah and the Old Man”

One day, while a contented old...

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Spending more time than usual at home these days? Even as you try to talk to your children about bad things happening in the world, it’s important to find ways to pass the time in ways that keep kids entertained, engaged, and educated.

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite Jewishly inspired crafts, recipes, activities, videos, and other ideas to keep you and your family occupied during days spent at home – all while learning about and embracing Judaism together. (Psst: Home for Shabbat? Check out "How to Create a Meaningful Shabbat Experience at Home.") 

1. Make items for your... Read More


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