Posts Tagged: Jewish history

Rabbi Rick Jacobs to Speak at 50th Anniversary March on Washington



Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, will represent the Reform Movement at the 50th Anniversary March on Washington on August 24, 2013 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.  The program will feature an interfaith ecumenical prayer service with national clergy and live musical performances. Rabbi Jacobs said, I am honored […]

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Internet Round-Up: The Best Jewish Stories on the Web



Here are just a few of the recent stories from across the webosphere that speak directly to (and about) Reform Jews. What Jewish stories have you been reading recently? Leave a comment and let us know! “The War Against Intermarriage Has Been Lost: Now What?” JTA With the rate of intermarriage within the Jewish community […]

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Honoring Chiune Sugihara, An Unknown Hero



Before today, the Coleman community had never heard of Chiune Sugihara. After today, I do not think that they will ever forget about him.

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One, Two, Three: Increase Your Congregation’s Israel Engagement



by Hope Chernak Last spring, I was privileged to participate, together with the URJ’s camp staff, in an educators’ kallah in Israel, held in partnership with several Jewish summer camps and concurrently with the Jewish Agency’s shlichim training seminar. I was fortunate to sit with talented educators—both North Americans and Israelis—who now are serving in […]

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Hard, Honest Questions



Will synagogues continue to exist in the future? Will the next generation engage in Jewish life? Is Reform Judaism still relevant? These hard, honest questions underlie the conversations we members of the URJ leadership team have every day with leaders and staff of Reform congregations.  Last week I was honored to be the ordination speaker […]

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Olim: Changing The World One Bunk At A Time



Every camper has their own spark, something that makes them tick, their burning passion. An ineffable desire that makes them excited to wake up each morning. One action item for the counselors is to help each camper find and ignite their spark.

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Recalling MLK Jr. and Maurice Eisendrath



by Rabbi Everett Gendler An e-mail arrived from the indefatigable Art Waskow reminding us that April 4th was the anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The reminder included a photo from a demonstration at the Arlington National Cemetery along with valuable excerpts from King’s prophetic remarks about Vietnam delivered at Riverside […]

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Isaac Mayer Wise and Me



by Rabbi Yair D. Robinson Last Shabbat, we commemorated the birthday of someone very special. A red-headed and red-bearded rabbi, a scholar, a prince of the Reform Movement who is inarguably one of the most important Reform rabbis — nay, one of the most important rabbis, period — of North America. Amazingly, I’m not speaking about […]

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Moses and Lincoln: Teachers of Leadership Models for Congregational Life



by Livia D. Thompson, FTA “And when Israel saw the wondrous power which the Eternal had wielded against the Egyptians, the people feared the Eternal; they had faith in the Eternal and in God’s servant Moses. Then Moses and the Israelites sang this [Shirot Hayam] song to the Eternal.” B’shalach (Exodus 14:31—15:1) “With public sentiment, […]

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The American Jewish Citizen I Aspire To Be



by Rabbi Ron Symons There are certain verses that were placed as foundation stones of the Jew I aspire to be.  Growing up in Temple Emanu-el of Lynbrook, NY, under the leadership of Rabbi Harold Saperstein z’l, I learned that “You (plural) shall be holy, for I, Adonai your God, am holy” (Leviticus 19) serves as the […]

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In Reverence No Senescence



by Rabbi Andy Bachman “This series of pictures should strike a deep emotional response in the heart of every Jew.  No matter how far we have traveled from the observances that were practiced by our fathers, we have a feeling of reverence for the ceremonies themselves, and a respect for those who feel that these […]

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What are the Dead Sea Scrolls?



By P.J. Schwartz In 1947, perhaps one of the greatest discoveries in modern history was made in the caves of Israel’s Judean Desert. The story goes that a young Bedouin boy was wandering in the desert and began throwing rocks at the cave. Startled, the boy heard the sound of a scroll cracking, only to […]

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Hanukkah: The History, the Legend, and the Lights that Burn Today



by P.J. Schwartz Jewish tradition tells a story where Alexander the Great, during his conquest through the known world, encountered the High Priest of the Temple of Jerusalem. As Milton Steinberg notes, this meeting is probably part of the numerous legends that are based in truth within Judaism. Yet, this story foreshadows what would be to come: […]

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Chanukah – From Battleground to Festival of Lights



By Rabbi Daniel B. Syme The Hebrew word Chanukah means “dedication” and refers to the joyous eight-day celebration through which Jews commemorate the victory of the Maccabees over the armies of Syria in 165 B.C.E. and the subsequent liberation and “rededication” of the Temple in Jerusalem. Technically, Chanukah is considered a “minor” Jewish festival. Yet […]

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