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Since 1970, the United States has celebrated Earth Day every April. By contrast, ancient Jewish celebrations throughout the year remind us of our responsibility to safeguard the fragile planet God has entrusted to our care. Almost all of our Jewish observances reflect environmental concerns.
Missing Eretz Yisrael? These sweet treats will help transport you, without ever having to hop on a plane.
We read, “Let all who are hungry come and eat.” These words have taken on deep meaning for me as I came out of the closet, got married, and had kids of my own: Our freedom and redemption are founded on being inclusive and welcoming.
In a world where time is precious and congregational leaders are called on to do more and know more, the URJ has launched a number of online courses. These asynchronous courses are a way to take a deeper dive in an area of synagogue life around issues that congregants are seeking to understand and help leaders look to the future in a more strategic, thoughtful way.
Assign a different Jewish value each one day of Hanukkah and plan appropriate activities for your family. The idea of activities is not simply doing for doing’s sake, but doing for the sake of learning. Be sure to reflect and talk afterward!
Challah is one of the ways I “do” Judaism in a tangible way, my attempt at hidur mitzvah (beautifying the fulfillment of the commandment). Personalizing mitzvot is a way all of us can approach and enrich our connections to Judaism.
On the season finale of Wholly Jewish season 2, we are joined by NYU student and college organizer Noa Baron (they/them)! Noa shares the personal and Jewish and significance of their name (and their Jewish name-changing ceremony), the importance of deep listening to the queer community, their aspirations as a trans Jewish leader, and the beauty LGBTQ+ Jews bring to the Jewish community.
Strictly speaking, Thanksgiving isn’t a Jewish holiday, but we know Jews from a wide range of backgrounds take this time to give thanks, to affirm the many contributions Indigenous People have made, to take the time to learn about the land we are on, to pursue justice, and most commonly, to give the gift of time and connection to those we love most.
If we only take the time to say a few words of thanksgiving to God, whether for bringing the family together or for giving us the food on our plates, we can make Thanksgiving have Jewish meaning.