Many have incorporated new rituals as part of the Passover seder. Many seder plates include an orange, which is attributed to Susannah Heschel, professor of Jewish studies at Dartmouth College. Heschel included an orange in recognition of gay and lesbian Jews, and others who are marginalized in the Jewish community.
When the seder falls on Friday evening, we acknowledge both Shabbat and the holiday of Passover.
The Holocaust is an important topic not only in Jewish history, but in the history of humankind. The topic is disturbing, and it is appropriate to feel uncomfortable and upset by the stories, the facts, and especially the images.
One of the many fun customs associated with Passover is to search for, collect, and destroy any chametz (leavening or grain that ferments) in the house. Children are particularly enthusiastic about this “search and destroy” mission.
Blessing over the wine for the festival of Passover when the seder falls on Friday night. The Shehecheyanu (see below) is recited after the kiddush, immediately before drinking the wine
Blessing over the wine for the festival of Passover, weekday version.
When the seder falls on a Saturday evening, a special, abbreviated version of Havdalah is recited before the Shehecheyanu is recited
March 3, 2015, Washington, D.C. - In response to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech delivered before a joint session of Congress today, Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, who attended the speech in person, issued the following statement:
New York, NY, March 11, 2015 -- Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) has doubled its scholarship fund from its YES (Youth, Education, & Special Projects) Fund to send more girls to the URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy, given the overwhelming success of WRJ's targeted outreach during last summer's inaug