Kate Kaput

Kate Kaput

Inside Leadership
Firefighter turned town a blaze

The recent California wildfires have reportedly claimed at least 50 lives, 48 of them in the massive blaze known as the Camp Fire – the deadliest and most destructive fire in the state’s history. The Union for Reform Judaism has been and continues to be in touch with Reform congregations in affected areas, and they stand ready to provide whatever support they can.

At this time, the URJ reports that Temple Adat Elohim in Thousand Oaks, CA, has been affected by the fires, as has Congregation Or Ami in Calabasas, CA. Rabbi Paul Kipnes, spiritual leader of Congregation Or Ami, writes...

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Silhouette of firefighters facing a blaze

The recent California wildfires have reportedly claimed at least 50 lives, 48 of them in the massive blaze known as the Camp Fire – the deadliest and most destructive fire in the state’s history. The URJ has been and continues to be in touch with our congregations in affected areas, and we stand ready to provide whatever support we can.

As additional details become clear about how our community can best aid our California congregations, we will share that information here.

At this time, we know that Temple Adat Elohim in Thousand Oaks, CA, has been affected by the fires, as...

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Chicken kebab hovering over a dish of peanut sauce

Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations, is reported to have once said, "There will not be peace until access to the kebab is universal." Amen! Today, on what is apparently Kebab Day, we celebrate those little sticks of deliciousness. Here are a few of our favorite kebab recipes.  

Moroccan Chicken Kebabs: Jewish cooking expert Tina Wasserman explains, "Whether served as part of an assortment of mezes (small plates) or laid on a bed of couscous as part of a Moroccan meal, kebabs can be found throughout the Middle East and North Africa. This method of cooking and the... Read More

Rabbi Rick Jacobs seated at a Women Wage Peace rally event taking selfies with other attendees

"It is imperative that we draw strength from the diversity of the Jewish people and the many ways we love and uphold the State of Israel. At a time when many among our people seek to demonize fellow Jews, may our collective study of Torah empower and embolden us to turn curses into blessings as we embrace the many authentic ways we love Israel and live Jewishly committed lives."

These are the words of Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, in an op-ed published Friday by the Jerusalem Post. Read his piece "Refusing to Be Pushed Away: Reform Movement Affirms...

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Silhouette of a parent with his or her forehead touching that of a child

“These children are God’s children… and it is up to us to restore these children to their parents and to restore the soul of our country.” -Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner

Families belong together, and we’re not backing down until the Trump administration reunites separated families.

On Thursday, a group of 40 faith leaders – 10 each from the Jewish, Muslim, Catholic, and Protestant faith traditions – traveled to McAllen, TX, where they met with and bore witness to the families who have crossed the border in search of a better future. McAllen is home to the United States’ largest...

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