Mark J. Pelavin

Mark Pelavin is the chief program officer and director of the Biennial at the Union for Reform Judaism.

6 Ways to Get the Most from Biennial

Mark J. Pelavin
November 25, 2019

Because Biennial can be overwhelming (many people think that’s part of the fun), here are six specific pieces of advice to help you make the most of your time in Boston.

5780: Our Annual Rosh HaShanah Sermon Roundup

Mark J. Pelavin
October 8, 2019

Typically, at some point in my work on this project, my wife will lean over my shoulder and ask me, in her own style, “So. How are the Jews this year?” Some years that is a difficult question to answer. This year the answer is clear: The Jews are afraid.

5779 Rosh HaShanah Sermon Roundup

Mark J. Pelavin
September 18, 2018

In the sermons excerpted below, you will find many examples of uplifting and inspiring teaching. You will find profound explications of our sacred texts and searching examinations of pop culture phenomena from Mr.

5778 Rosh HaShanah Sermon Roundup

Mark J. Pelavin
September 28, 2017

I hope you will enjoy all these sermons and find them as meaningful as I did. You can – and should – get the full context by reading the linked sermon.