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Leo Baeck Temple during the California wildfires

As shown in the powerful photo above, featuring Leo Baeck Temple (Los Angeles, CA) while fires rages in Southern California, many are still being forced to evacuate their homes and seek safety. Our prayers are with those who are in harm’s way, including the brave first responders who are putting their lives on the line to help their neighbors.

Temple Beth Torah in Ventura, CA is collecting gift cards to support their seven families who have lost their homes and other community members who face the greatest need. They request gift cards to stores such as Target, Walmart, Home Depot...

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Reverend Barber speaks at a podium

Describing Reverend Dr. William J. Barber, II’s speech at URJ Biennial 2017 in one word is easy: prophetic. Rev. Dr. Barber, who has been called “today’s strongest contender for [Dr. Martin Luther] King’s mantle” by the New York Times, gave a powerful, inspirational, and compelling speech. Don’t believe me? Here’s what some attendees said: 

“The American project has never been is hard, but we cannot give up on the soul of this democracy.“ - Reverend Dr. William J. Barber, II #URJBiennial

— Avra Bossov (@Avracado) December 7, 2017...

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Musicians singing and dancing on stage at the URJ Biennial

The URJ Biennial is less than a week away, and one of the many ways we're getting ready is by rocking out to music of the many talented Jewish musicians we'll hear in Boston! Here are three fun options:

Countdown to the URJ Biennial Broadcast: We're especially excited to check out the Jewish Rock Radio Stage, where Jewish musicians will perform throughout the duration of the Biennial. In anticipation of the big event, JRR will be hosting a special "Countdown to the URJ Biennial" broadcast, which you can tune into on Monday, December 4 at 8pm ET or during its rebroadcast on Wednesday,... Read More

Strictly speaking, Thanksgiving isn’t a Jewish holiday, but there are lots of ways to infuse your celebration with Jewish meaning – and recipes from Start with our favorite turkey recipe, and these tasty sides and desserts will cover the rest of the meal.

For starters, you probably need a great sauce or relish. We've got you covered:

Cranberry Pear Sauce Mixed-Fruit Cranberry Relish 

Accompany your turkey with some of our warm, autumnal side dishes:

Sweet Potato and Carrot Latkes Bread Kugel with Dried Fruit and Sun-Dried Tomatoes (perfect instead of... Read More

mother and baby duck swimming in water

Tashlich, the Jewish tradition practiced during the Days of Awe (the 10 days between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur), involves symbolically casting away one’s sins or wrongdoings. This ritual is often performed by tossing bread crumbs into a body of water. For many, Tashlich is an important and meaningful tradition. But, practicing Tashlich with bread crumbs can be dangerous for geese, ducks, and other waterfowl – it keeps them from eating the food that is nutritious for them, and it spreads disease. So, how should people practice the important tradition of casting away sins without doing...

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