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As we no longer serve God through temple sacrifices, many Jews have come to understand the entire world, in essence, to be God’s temple. This year, I believe we have vandalized God’s temple with the blood of the innocent.
In this High Holiday season, a time of reflection and re-dedication to our shared faith and ideals, the entire HUC community joins me in thanking you for your vital service and generous support.
Elul, our spiritual countdown to Yom Kippur, is different this year - and for many of us, this time of coronavirus has been a year of lost and found. But what have we gained?
Ninety-three percent of respondents from Reform synagogue members would recommend their synagogue to a friend - even during the COVID-19 pandemic, while synagogue programming isn't physically happening in the building.
In addition to the creative, original content that you already know and love, our new sites also offer various upgrades in the way of user experience, accessibility, technology, and more.
Although the pandemic has not altered the overall mission of our sacred work – to engage the next generation of families with young children on their Jewish journey – it has further amplified our sense of urgency and is helping to redefine and clarify our goals and priorities.
It's a challenge and necessity, especially during this pandemic, to set boundaries between work time and family or personal time, between home office and home. How do we do that, emotionally?
Like many, I'm mourning the chance to "go" to High Holiday services at my synagogue. But I've also had the joy of observing Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur at home, so I know this year will be wonderfully meaningful.
This past Shabbat, the Reform Jewish Movement lost an extraordinary soul, Helen “Honey” Scheidt. Her beloved husband, Rudi E. Scheidt, Sr., z”l, died just five months before.
As a young Reform Jewish leader, I have sought to foster critical discussions about individuals’ relationships with the Jewish state. But Israel’s detractors make no distinction between progressive and reactionary Zionism.