Jewish holidays

Jewish holidays

Smiling college students with their arms around one another and nametags on their chests at a campus Shabbat service

How do you make college High Holiday services and programs engaging, welcoming, and meaningful? Here are five tips.

Jacob Gurvis
Hands in shadow of sunset holding Israeli flags on sticks

As Israel marks 70 years, here are seven ways (one for each decade!) to engage your congregation in celebrating the country and her people -- now and throughout the year.

Jane E. Herman
Diverse people and ideas flowing into cogs that sit in the palm of a woman's hand

As leaders, it is incumbent upon us to harness the strength and creativity that comes from diversity to focus and guide our congregations – and our sederim.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
Purim Together participants -- a student and a senior -- together

In an increasingly mobile society, families often are separated by many miles. Far from family support, we seek community elsewhere, including in our Jewish institutions.

Toby Singer
Group of people lighting Shabbat candles at a congregational Shabbat dinner

Shabbat holds an esteemed place in our synagogues as a testing ground for experimentation. Centering new programs around Shabbat, therefore, offers distinct advantages.

Toby Singer
Apple shaped bowl of honey with a honey dipper in it and half an apple on a table next to it

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.

Mark J. Pelavin
People wearing white gathered around a round challah at an outdoor service

This year, three new Reform congregations: one in Emek HaYarden, another in Ramat HaNegev, and a Russian-speaking congregation in Be’er Sheva. 

Yonatan Melamed
Seven arms, each holding up a letter of the word Welcome

Check out these eight audaciously hospitable ideas to consider implementing in your community during this High Holiday season and throughout the coming year.

Toby Singer
Smiling teens eating apples dipped in honey

Here are four ways to strengthen your congregation by intentionally welcoming children and teens into your holiday observance.

Miriam Chilton