Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death on Rosh HaShanah has triggered a tidal wave of grief. That she left us at the start of the new year has brought to mind the Jewish belief that righteous souls die on Jewish holy days.
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Congregants – our partners in this sacred work – want to be in conversation with their congregational leadership. In this isolating time, they want to feel seen and directly involved in their spiritual practice.
Deuteronomy 16:20 directs us: “Tzedek tzedek tirdof” – Justice, justice shall you pursue. The words remind us of the importance of ensuring justice itself is achieved through just means.
The shofar awakens in us the call for justice. Justice Ginsburg knew the pain of injustice. She faced antisemitism and gender discrimination and dedicated her life to stopping such discrimination against others.
As the first Jewish woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg was seen as an icon not only to the progressive world but to the American Jewish community, in particular.
This past Shabbat, the Reform Jewish Movement lost an extraordinary soul, Helen “Honey” Scheidt. Her beloved husband, Rudi E. Scheidt, Sr., z”l, died just five months before.
In this High Holiday season, a time of reflection and re-dedication to our shared faith and ideals, the entire HUC community joins me in thanking you for your vital service and generous support.
In addition to the creative, original content that you already know and love, our new sites also offer various upgrades in the way of user experience, accessibility, technology, and more.
Although the pandemic has not altered the overall mission of our sacred work – to engage the next generation of families with young children on their Jewish journey – it has further amplified our sense of urgency and is helping to redefine and clarify our goals and priorities.
Ninety-three percent of respondents from Reform synagogue members would recommend their synagogue to a friend - even during the COVID-19 pandemic, while synagogue programming isn't physically happening in the building.