mourning

mourning

Young couple and their children lighting the Shabbat candles together

Throughout the course of 12 years, Temple Shalom in Succasunna, N.J., experienced a number of hardships, ranging from financial difficulties to a decline in membership. As it turned out, though, the thing that would inspire this community to thrive once again was, well, the very community itself.

Chris Harrison
Peter Knobel headshot

With the death of Rabbi Peter S. Knobel, z”l, our Reform Movement has lost a brilliant, courageous, and visionary rabbi.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
Memorial candle

The entire URJ family mourns with the Frishmans and Freelanders on the tragic and untimely death of their daughter, Devra Freelander, on Monday, July 1.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
Rabbi Larry Raphael

Rabbi Larry Raphael, z”l, died on March 17, 2019 at the age of 74. Read his thoughts on the blessings of lifelong Jewish learning.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Rabbi Larry Raphael

I’m writing too many eulogies for my teachers these days. But when Larry Raphael died on Sunday, I wanted to put some thoughts into writing, for he was truly special.

Rabbi Neal Gold
Photo of the late Rabbi Rachel Cowan with blond hair and bangs and her head cocked to the right side smiling at the camera

Rabbi Rachel Cowan, who died last week, was a spiritual master, a practitioner and teacher of contemplative Judaism, and my friend. I cannot imagine contemporary Jewish life without her.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
The pall covering a coffin in the sanctuary of Temple Isaiah in Lexington, MA

When our congregation wanted a coffin cover for families to use during funerals, I was one of 11 women who answered a “calling all quilters” ad in the temple bulletin.

Martha Supnik
Rabbi David Saperstein hugs Rabbi Lynne Landsberg

It is with great sadness that we share news of the passing of Rabbi Lynne F. Landsberg, z’l

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, Rabbi David Saperstein, & Barbara Weinstein
Unlit white memory candle in a glass votive against a black backdrop

The whole memory book project was transformed before our eyes. What was originally considered to be merely office minutia and fundraising became what it truly was: sacred work.

Rebecca Carlson

“If I survived, it must be for some reason.” Elie Wiesel spoke those words in a New York Times interview in 1981. Throughout his life, Wiesel lived with purpose and lent meaning to his survival. As a witness to the most extreme atrocities and in his lifetime as an activist, he changed the way we think about human rights and the way we understand our responsibility to each other.

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner