Jewish living

Jewish living

Hand sin the darkness holding a candle

The Reform Jewish community faced the tragic task last week of burying our own: Among the 17 people gunned down in last Wednesday’s Parkland school shooting were Reform Jewish teens and a teacher.

Zachary Herrmann
Smiling campers in Camp Harlam shirts looking off camera

Senator Tammy Duckworth's words rang in my ears as I thought about our work at camp – helping children be seen for who they are and their potential, rather than be limited or diminished for their struggles.

Lori Zlotoff
Rabbi Rick Jacobs speaking in front of a blue and white Union for Reform Judaism banner

This movement’s task, in this moment, is to nurture the natural waterways that connect us. To keep our congregations the strong sources of life they have always been and will always be.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
Young woman in profile, wearing sunglasses and earbuds

Dan Libenson and Lex Rofeberg in their podcast “Judaism Unbound” feature several Reform Jewish leaders discussing ideas about Jewish life today -- and tomorrow.

Jane E. Herman
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
Lighted faces of teenagers holding candles in the dark

It is in these moments of darkness that Jewish tradition compels us to be brave, to seek the light. We are, as we read in Zechariah 9:12, asirei hatikvah, prisoners of hope.  

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner
URJ summer interns with Rabbi Rick Jacobs

Ten college students interned at the URJ this summer – whether to boost our experience or get nagging parents off our backs.

Deborah Spencer
Map of Canada and US; flag of each country is superimposed over the land mass

A longtime Canadian Reform leader asks: Can Canadians and Americans feel connected to one Jewish movement? Can they feel equally represented by a single organization?

Paul Leszner
White heart-shaped flowers hanging from a stem

Selichot is the overture for our High Holidays, a chance to focus on meaning, tradition, faith, and striving to reach that spot in the heart where no one else can go.

Rabbi Stacy Offner
Butcher paper that reveals words through a tear: What's your story?

Inviting people to share memories of interesting, meaningful experiences in their lives – especially on Yom Kippur – always proves to inspire others.

Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs