Related Blog Posts on COVID-19, Jewish Values, and Strengthening Congregations

Digital Content to Enliven Your Passover 2021 Seder

the staff of the URJ and other Reform Movement partners
March 1, 2021

You already know how to host a beautiful, profound, and Jewishly meaningful seder. What you may not yet know, though, is how to re-imagine your usual traditions to incorporate digital content that will enliven this year’s virtual rendition of your seder.  

Clergy and Professionals Need a Break in October

Amanda Orgel Ferguson
September 27, 2021
My rabbi has explained that, after the Jewish month of Tishrei—which includes Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and Sh’mini Atzeret-Simchat Torah—we have the month of Cheshvan, with no holiday other than Shabbat. Rabbi Block and I find great wisdom in this reality: We need a time of rest, symbolized by Shabbat, this Cheshvan, which significantly overlaps with October.

Cheshbon Hanafesh for Your Congregation

Amy Asin
September 13, 2021
The High Holiday season is an important time of personal and communal reflection, including your congregation’s leadership. This can also be a time of reflection for your congregation’s leadership.

Blame Ourselves, Not God

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
August 30, 2021
Blaming God for such tragedies is theologically problematic; blaming God for failed human policies is blasphemous. This idea is worth considering as we cope with the devastating aftermath of the multiple disasters confronting us. 

Celebrating Your Jewish Community’s Reopening

Jan Zauzmer
July 12, 2021
Reopening means so much more than unlocking doors, turning on lights, and resuming routines. As we enter 5782, it means reconnecting with one another, reigniting the bonds of friendship, and reestablishing our affiliation.

Pew & The Spiritual Significance of Numbers

Yolanda Savage-Narva
June 14, 2021
I want to talk briefly about a significant number from the Pew report, but first I want to invite you to go on a short journey with me as I create the framing around numbers and their significance by simply asking a question: What exactly is a number?