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Row of people standing against a wall

Just as each of us must work to end gender-based violence in our country and world, we are also responsible for challenging our own community – namely the Reform Jewish community – to address its own issues of sexual assault and harassment. I take inspiration from the brave Jewish women who are taking these problems in the Jewish community into their own hands, translating #MeToo into #GamAni, and bringing needed attention to the experiences of our community's survivors of assault and harassment. 

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Jewish college students gather to discuss issues of gender-based violence

Just as each of us must work to end gender-based violence in our country and world, we are also responsible for challenging our own community – namely the Reform Jewish community – to address its own issues of sexual assault and harassment. I take inspiration from the brave Jewish women who are taking these problems in the Jewish community into their own hands, translating #MeToo into #GamAni, and bringing needed attention to the experiences of our community's survivors of assault and harassment. We must create ...

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Sylvia Levy at the March for Our Lives in DC

Note: This post includes a non-graphic discussion of suicide. If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.

I am indescribably proud to have marched with the Reform Jewish Movement at the March for Our Lives in Washington, DC. The songs we sang in the morning, and the powerful speeches that the teens leading our work made about their experiences struck a chord in me. I was inspired by the message that my fellow Jewish students sent – that we will not stand idly by as our...

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Spa towel, candles, rocks, and green leaves arrayed against a wood backdrop

Many recent Torah readings center around the importance of sacrifice in Jewish tradition. Although we no longer observe the ritual laws of the ancient Israelites, these sections raise crucial questions about what sacrifice means as we move through today’s world.

One ritual mentioned in the Torah portion Vayikra is the "sacrifice of well-being," or sh'lamim (Leviticus 3:1). Although this word is often translated as "wholeness" or "peace," I find the word "well-being" to be particularly powerful. As I am called to work on issues of inequality and antagonism on my college campus and...

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