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Aerial flatlay of book THE COLOR OF LOVE by Marra Gad sitting on a blanket next to a succulent

Marra Gad is a Los Angeles-based TV and film producer with a rich Jewish background: She’s an alumna of URJ Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI), a Reform Jewish summer camp in Oconomowoc, WI, and she holds a master's degree in modern Jewish history.

She’s also the author of a new memoir, The Color of Love: A Story of a Mixed-Race Jewish Girl (Bolden Books, 2019), chronicling her childhood as “a mixed-race, Jewish unicorn” in Chicago. Her story focuses,...

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Isaac Herzog standing in front of a row of Israeli flags against a blue sky

Isaac Herzog, chairman of the executive of The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), is an attorney and a former member of the Knesset (Israeli parliament), where he served from 2003 until 2018. During his tenure, he chaired the Labor Party and held several ministerial posts, including Minister of Housing and Construction, Minister of Tourism, and Minister of Diaspora Affairs, among others.

I recently met with him to talk about his service to the Jewish people – in Israel and throughout the world.

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Posed photo the The Soul Children and director Walt Whitman posing with the staff of Am Shalom synagogue

Rabbi Steven Stark Lowenstein, who has served as senior rabbi of Am Shalom on Glencoe, IL, since 2002, is the author of two books: For the Love of Being Jewish (2010) and For the Love of Israel (2012).

I sat down to talk to him about his special relationship with Dr. Walt Whitman and his celebrated youth gospel choir,...

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Notebook lying in a pile of autumn ephemera with the words GIVING TUESDAY written in red

Counter all the consumerism of Black Friday by participating in #GivingTuesday, an annual day of global giving that this year falls on December 3.

#GivingTuesday provides a unique forum to collectively draw on the principles of tikkun olam – repair of the world – by volunteering, advocating, and providing financial support to the work of the broader Reform Jewish community.

This #GivingTuesday, give back in one or more ways that are meaningful to you and support causes and organizations whose work you value:

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The author thanking one of the many people responsible for his morning coffee

A.J. Jacobs has written four New York Times bestsellers that combine memoir, science, humor, and a dash of self-help. He is also editor-at-large at Esquire magazine and a commentator on National Public Radio. I sat down with A.J. to talk about the lessons he’s learned about thankfulness from his over-the-top social experiments.

ReformJudaism.org: For your first book, The Know-It-All: One Man’s Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World, you read all 32 volumes of the Encyclopedia...

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