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Jewish living

Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, z'l, speaking and the 2017 URJ Biennial convention

In the absence of Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, z’l, whose life ended tragically and much too soon, may we take comfort in reading his words of Torah.

URJ Staff
Rabbi David Ellenson holding the face of Rabbi Aaron Panken as he passes on the presidency of Hebrew Union College at Rabbi Pankens 2014 installation

Rabbi Aaron Panken, Ph.D, was interviewed by the editors of Reform Judaism magazine on the occasion of his assuming the presidency of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion on January 1, 2014.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Thats Love and Thats Not Love Post It boards as described in the essay

What became clear to everyone who participated is that this is an issue that needs to be talked about, and it’s something that our teenagers and their parents want to discuss

Rabbi Danny Burkeman
Three teen boys holding signs that read REFORM JEWISH STUDENTS SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

Together, we are committed to building inclusive communities, repairing the world, and pursuing justice. Our work is just beginning. 

Logan Zinman Gerber
Young woman standing outside holding a sign that says GUN VIOLENCE IS PREVENTABLE with the NFTY and RAC logos

As NFTY and the Reform Movement undertake a reinvigorated campaign to help end gun violence in the United States, we've compiled a few tips and resources for teen activists who want to get involved. 

NFTY
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