On the Other Hand: Ten Minutes of Torah - How the Book of Ruth Connects Us All Today Shavout
Chag Sameach and welcome to a special Shavuot edition of On the Other Hand! On this week’s holiday episode, Rabbi Rick Jacobs talks about Ruth, her connection to this unique Jewish festival, and what her story of unity and bridge-building means for us as we celebrate Shavuot today.
5 ways to get your teens involved in the Reform Movement's 2020 Civic Engagement Campaign
It’s no secret that teens are leading us into the future.
Observing Mental Health Awareness Month in the middle of a pandemic
Content Warning: This blog discusses a variety of mental health topics, including anxiety, depression, and suicide. If you are struggling with mental illness, please know that you are not alone.
Observing Mental Health Awareness Month in the Middle of a Pandemic
As Jews, we believe that the government has an obligation to ensure that all people can access health care, including mental health care. As we observe Mental Health Awareness Month, let us remember the importance of mental health and work toward a society where all people can access the care they need.
Resources and Opportunities for Celebrating Shavuot with Your Community
The Reform Movement has come together to create a variety of digital experiences – including discussion, music, prayer, and poetry – designed to help you observe Shavuot from home or with your congregation in ways that are thoughtful, meaningful, and spiritually engaging.
The Quadrant Method: A High Holiday Scenario-Planning Resource
The URJ is pleased to be working with our Movement partners (including HUC-JIR, CCAR, ACC, NATA, ARJE, ECE-RJ, PEP-RJ, NFTY, and others) to offer the best collaborative thinking and the most comprehensive resources to guide your visioning and planning.
8 Essays to Honor and Remember Jewish Military Members
Memorial Day isn’t a Jewish holiday but remembering and honoring fallen military is certainly a Jewish value. Let us remember those who gave their lives in battle.
Feminism, Female Protagonists, and Finding Ourselves in Biblical Narratives
To honor the uncounted women in the Book of Numbers and to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the U.S. this year, Rabbi Carole Balin, Ph.D., has crafted an “alternative Book of Numbers” for her weekly Torah commentaries for Ten Minutes of Torah.
How to Avoid COVID-19-Inspired Partisanship in Our Congregational Communities
As COVID-19-related challenges escalate, we ask how our methodology and experience might shield the Jewish community from partisan torches and pitchforks. Here’s an approach to healthy decision-making under these circumstances.
How and Why Reform Jews Should Get Involved in the 2020 Elections
Civic engagement, with voting at its center, is essential to our Reform Jewish values. Our sacred texts teach us that every voice in the community must be heard when it comes to making important decisions. Here's how to get involved this year.