Kate Bigam Kaput

Kate Bigam Kaput

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At the close of this Shabbat, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, will head to El Paso, TX, with his wife and children, where they will participate in a faith-based immigration rights protest at the border.

At this event, organized by Repairers of the Breach, they’ll join hundreds of faith leaders in speaking out against the U.S. government’s unprecedented increase in cruel and inhumane attacks on refugees, immigrants, and asylum-seekers – because what’s happening at the border right now does not align with the values of this country, nor with the Jewish...

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What's the quintessential summer fruit? If your answer is watermelon, you're not alone. Israel is home to about 100 watermelon growers who sell approximately 100,000 tons of watermelon every year, making it one of the country's most popular fruits. Health bonus: This sweet treat contains lycopene, an antioxidant thought to help reduce the risk of cancer and other diseases. 

In the United States, July is National Watermelon Month, though National Watermelon Day is August 3 - and of course, it's delicious all summer long (and beyond, if you can get it). Here are three of our favorite...

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When you travel abroad, do you try to incorporate Judaism into your visits to other countries? Just as we can "do Jewish" while traveling domestically, so, too, are there myriad ways to experience Jewish life, culture, and, especially, history while traveling outside North America. 

From Shabbat on the go while road tripping across the United Kingdom or cycling in Amsterdam to checking out a new synagogue community while on an island vacation, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite Jewish (and Jewish-ish) vacation spots and ideas from around the world, submitted by the staff of the...

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Summer is prime travel time, and no matter where you’re headed, you can “do Jewish” while you’re there.  

From Shabbat on the go while road tripping across the country to checking out a new synagogue community while on an island vacation, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite Jewish (and Jewish-ish) vacation spots and ideas in North America, submitted by the staff of the Union for Reform Judaism.

What’s on your own list? And how will you celebrate Jewish life while you’re on the go this summer? Comment and let us know!

1. Welcoming Shabbat on the Water in Montauk, N.Y... Read More

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It’s been just over a week since the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC) wrapped up its 2019 Consultation on Conscience, the Reform Jewish community’s flagship social justice event. Attended by more than 1,000 clergy, lay leaders, and other activists, this was the largest Consultation in history – and the lessons learned there will resonate within our community long past our four days in Washington, D.C., together.

Whether or not you were able to attend the Consultation in person, you can take action on some of the many issues we discussed there. Here are just a few...

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