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Shavuot, like most other Jewish holidays, has been celebrated in many different ways throughout Jewish history. What began as an agricultural festival marking the beginning of the summer wheat harvest transformed into a holiday celebrating the Jews receiving the Torah at Mt. Sinai, often accompanied by eating dairy (or dairy-tasting) foods and all-night-long Torah study.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted so much of how we engage Jewishly, but Shavuot is fantastic holiday for families to celebrate from the safety of their homes. Below are a few ways you and your family can observe...

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June is Pride Month, a time when we celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community and reiterate our commitment to equality. With each passing year, more and more Reform congregations have shown their commitment to Audacious Hospitality by holding Pride-related events and services, participating in local Pride parades, and more.

This year, though, the COVID-19 pandemic presents a unique challenge when it comes to celebrating Pride. With no large gatherings or festive parades through the streets, how do we celebrate?

It’s important to remember that LGBTQIA+ Pride itself is not something...

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The COVID-19 crisis has impacted nearly everyone across the globe, and the Jewish community is no exception. With so many unanswered questions about when we can return to normal life (and if that’s even possible) both within and outside of our Jewish communities, it’s easy for so many of us to feel scared, alone, and even angry.

Those of us who are Jews of Color – comprising approximately 12 percent of the U.S. Jewish community – feel a particular sense of isolation and anxiety.

“As a Black person, I am really worried,” says Jordan Berg Powers, director of Boston-based,...

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Still from the film Just Mercy showing Michael B Jordans character comforting the character played by Jamie Foxx

I recently had the opportunity to watch the film Just Mercy, based on the powerful autobiography by Black lawyer and activist Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative. The film is now available for digital release (a bit earlier than originally expected), and it’s well worth the watch.

Starring Michael B. Jordan as Stevenson, the film tells the incredible story of his fight to prove the innocence of another Black man, Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx), who was wrongfully convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Their story also inspires hope against all odds to...

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Still image from the film Resistance showing Jesse Eisenberg as Marcel Marceau engaging with a group of children

In his 2020 film Resistance, based on the true story of French mime Marcel Marceau and his heroic effort to save hundreds of Jewish orphans during the Holocaust, director Jonathan Jakubowicz has created a beautiful and intense testament to Jewish tenacity, spirit, humor, and most importantly, hope.

Starring Academy Award nominee Jesse Eisenberg as Marceau, the film tells a story that is especially important today given the continued number of people who downplay or disbelieve the atrocities of the Holocaust.

We spoke with Jakubowicz, a Venezuelan Jew of Polish descent, to...

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