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Rabbi Carole B. Balin, Ph.D. is the first woman to earn tenure at her alma mater, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s New York rabbinical school, where she is professor emerita of History. Rabbi Balin is the chair of the board of the Jewish Women's Archive and lectures and publishes widely on gender and the Jewish experience, including the volume she co-edited, Sisterhood: A Centennial of Women of Reform Judaism....

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Although Memorial Day is not a Jewish holiday, the idea of remembering and honoring those who died in service to our nation is certainly a Jewish value. With that idea in mind, we’ve rounded up these stories and prayers to share with you ahead of the long holiday weekend.

1. "4 Jewish Readings for Memorial Day"

Including both ancient and contemporary texts, this compilation of prayers and readings offers a selection to enrich your holiday observance.

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Mental health concept of a maze inside a brain

[Content warning: This blog discusses a variety of mental health topics, including anxiety, depression, and suicide. If you are struggling with mental illness, please know that you are not alone. Visit the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism's website for a list of hotlines, crisis resources, and Jewish community resources or view the National Alliance of Mental Illness COVID-19 Information...

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My career path wasn't always clear, and certainly not straight, but I recently discovered that I can draw a direct line from my current role as inaugural national director of Ta'amod: Stand Up! to the guiding Jewish values of my upbringing.  

Raised by parents who marched on Washington, protested during the civil rights movement, and advocated for public school reform, the language of activism and equity was commonplace in my house and directly impacted my upbringing. I have vivid memories of my mother’s League of Women Voters’ meetings, as they...

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Ben Stiller and Edward Norton walking down the street dressed in leather

It sounds like an old joke, about a rabbi and a priest walking into a bar.

But Keeping the Faith, a romantic comedy released 20 years ago this month, stretched the premise into one of the more clever films of its genre, and the rare Hollywood movie that takes questions of religious faith and obligation seriously.

Keeping the Faith was the directorial debut of actor Edward Norton, from a screenplay by the Jewish writer Stuart Blumberg, who had been Norton’s roommate at Yale. Set on New York City’s heavily Jewish Upper West...

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