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The Power of Egg Salad in the New Year



Boil eggs Peel eggs Place eggs in vessel Add mayo and Dijon mustard until right Salt, pepper, and paprika, to taste Paprika on top for color For years, this simple recipe dominated our pre-Yom Kippur preparation. Since I left the URJ a few years ago to move into the private sector, my wife Abby and […]

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I Fracking Love Camp



by dcc(originally published on Jewschool) dcc seen at age 10 My first year at camp as a kid was great: Sports, Arts and Crafts, Lake Front, Advanced Swimming and, of course, the coveted first dance with a girl. All of this was set against the bucolic setting of the NJ-YMHA-YWHA Jr. camp, Camp Nah-Jee-Wah. Two […]

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Call to the 71st URJ Biennial



by Peter J. WeidhornChair, URJ Board of Trustees Even as you prepare to fire up the backyard grill, dive intothe cool, clear water of a swimming pool or escape town for the upcomingholiday weekend, the URJ is putting into place a thousand and one different detailsfor its 71st Biennial convention,where the Reform Jewish community will […]

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Rent Control



by dcc The headline was clear: Court Upholds Decision Banning Worship Services At Public Schools.  But the message is complicated. The majority judges say the action of renting the space is a violation of the Establishment clause. The dissenting judge noted that barring the Church in this case from renting the space, was a violation […]

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Passover in the Age of Twitter



As the frigid temperatures that have gripped much of thecountry this winter ebb into the warmth of spring, it is finally time to getexcited about Passover. For me, every year Passover is about an Exodus: from my home to what my parents have long thought to be the Promised Land – LosAngeles. It is also […]

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I can still remember



by dcc It wasn’t such a long, long time ago that I could remember a time without cell phones. It also wasn’t such a long time ago that I could pick my mom up at the gate when she came home from a business trip. I can also remember a time when the nightly news […]

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No Justice, No Chickpeas!



by dccOriginally posted on Jewschool By now you all have heard of the Princeton referendumbeing offered by a group of concerned students at the Ivy League campusin New Jersey. Sabra Hummus has been declared an enemy of Palestine andshould be banned from campus there should be other options for students to purchase when they desire […]

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Have you ever asked why we celebrate Chanukah?



by dcc Putting aside the miraculous longevity of the oil, can anyone tell me why Reform Jews celebrate Chanukah? This festival, which was a belated Sukkot celebration, delayed due to a war, has become the second most celebrated and clearly most recognized Jewish holiday of the calendar in North America.  But the FULL story line […]

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Not By Might, But By YouTube Alone!



by dcc This extremely well-done hysterical interview presented in the style of This is Spinal Tap and Best in Show, follows the Debbie Friedman cover band “Not By Might” as they discuss their love of Debbie, music and playing for the Jewish community. Please enjoy and try to find “Not By Might” in a Temple […]

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God Bless America



by dcc This is a great country. The United States of America provides everyone with an unbelievable amount of freedom, protection and space to be whoever it is we are.  A country built on the backs of immigrants and made stronger in every generation by new blood from an old world.  My paternal grandfather fought […]

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Congregational Life: Why I Joined, Why I Stayed



I was recently asked by someone I very much respect to address “the” question. So I started to write the answer in a post… about five times without any luck. The “Why does a 20-something join a Reform Congregation” question. I have no kids and am Jewishly connected in my life, so why join a congregation? […]

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Mr. Smith The dcc goes to Washington Albany



by dcc A group of Reform Jews from around New York spent yesterday in Albany as a part of the Reform Jewish Voice of New York State‘s annual Advocacy Day. From the Sages of the Talmud to leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, the Reform Jewish Movement has a long history of and commitment to […]

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Envisioning Jewish Peoplehood Project



by dcc (Originally published on Jewschool) It is no secret to those of us who live much (or most or even too much) of our Judaism online that there needs to be a fundamental change in the way we understand community and peoplehood in North America. It is also not surprising that people often overreact–in […]

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We all have stake in this…or at least some pastrami



by dcc It is pretty hip right now to care about sustainability and care about the future of Jewish delis.  But they don’t really go too well together.  So Saul’s Restaurant and Deli in Berkeley (where else would they be?) has a joint mission of bringing sustainability and Jewish deli together.  They hosted a “Referendum […]

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