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The 23 Jewish teens on our Mitzvah Corps Civil Rights Journey trip came from diverse locations. I came from California, but my peers came from Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, among others. Though we are divided in our experiences unique to our hometowns, there are at least two things we all have in common: We’re Jewish, and we’ve never experienced anything quite like the Deep South. Because of these similarities, our differences seem largely insignificant. Vibrant Jewish life exists in the south, of...

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The familiar refrain of the Hashkiveinu prayer, with music composed by Craig Taubman, surprised me, coming as it did in the midst of the traditional mincha/ma’ariv (afternoon/evening) service at Congregacao Israelita Paulista (CIP) – called “Tzipi” by the locals – in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Hashkiveinu, Adonai Eloheinu, l’shalom… Grant, O God, that we lie down in peace…

Only after more chanting did we sing the rest of the melody:

Ushmor tzeiteinu uvo-einu… Guard our going and our return…

The daily...

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Here are two prayers after an earthquake struck Italy today: one for the people and one for first responders. They were originally written days after an earthquake hit Haiti in January 2010. I’ve also used elements of them in prayers after earthquakes in Turkey, ...

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Each of us had different reasons for taking part in the recent mission to Berlin sponsored by the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR). Among them were:

  • We cared about the refugee crisis and wanted to learn so that we could share the story, engage our congregants and communities with this issue, and be part of an effective response.
  • We wanted to see and support a Germany that once cast refugees out and now was welcoming them in.
  • We saw ourselves in the refugee narrative. We have known too many exiles as a people...
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Thanks to the Central Conference of American Rabbis, an English translation of each week’s Torah portion is now available on ReformJudaism.org.

Featuring a gender-sensitive version of the Jewish Publication Society (JPS) translation, with largely gender-neutral God language and a completely fresh translation of Genesis, this text will prove exceedingly useful not only for clergy and synagogue professionals, but also for anyone interested in Jewish...

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