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Meet the First Reform Rabbi to be Elected to Israel’s Parliament

Rabbi Josh Weinberg
May 10, 2021
Rabbi Gilad Kariv made history on March 23, 2021 when he became the first Reform rabbi to win a seat in the Israeli Knesset. The former head of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism is number 4 on the Labor Party slate. The following is adapted from his debut address to Parliament as a member.  

A Bittersweet Reunion with the Shtisel Family

Rabbi Sharon G. Forman
April 13, 2021
Sometimes the acting ends in joy and other times the results are devastating. Ultimately, the writers and actors draw us into their stories so that we cannot deny that art can elicit understanding, peace, and even deep love.

The Eichmann Trial 60 Years Later: What Have We Learned?

Rabbi A. James Rudin
April 9, 2021
April 11, 2021, marks the 60th anniversary of the opening of Adolf Eichmann’s trial, which coincided with the young Jewish state’s bat/bar mitzvah year of independence. These two events represent a microcosm of modern Jewish history.

Ghetto: A Poem

Samantha (Sami) Silk
April 5, 2021
the path that we now follow / is the Exodus our ancestors never chose / flooding with pain they died not to swallow / the past spills into the river and flows

What Do Superheroes and Passover Have in Common?

Chris Harrison
March 25, 2021
The author of "The (unofficial) Hogwarts Haggadah" and "The (unofficial) Muggle Megillah" has delivered another work of art combining fanservice and prescient Jewish learning in his newly released "The Superhero Haggadah: A Story of Signs and Marvels."

What Do You Get When You Mix Music, Improv, and Judaism?

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
March 24, 2021
Comedians Katie Klein and T.J. Shanoff met when they worked for The Second City. Performing for the Union for Reform Judaism was so rewarding for them that they now specialize in creating customized, collaborative, virtual comedy shows for Jewish organizations.