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Kate Bigam


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My dad died when I was 10, both of his parents already long gone before him. He left behind one sister, my aunt, but I haven’t seen her since I was 13. She failed to show up for my bat mitzvah, and I didn’t hear from her again until my 21st birthday, when she tracked down my number and called “just to say hello.” Needless to say, I don’t know much about my dad’s family. I know they weren’t Jewish – but for most of my life, that was about all I knew.

When I saw a deal for a discount on one of those ancestry tests that reveals your ethnic makeup, it seemed like the perfect...

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Today is International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women and also to commit to global action to accelerate gender parity. Here are a few of the best resources, articles, and other items we've seen this International Women's Day. Leave a comment to let us know what's missing from the list and to tell us how you're taking action to support women!

Here at, we want to know how you try to #BeLikeEsther, standing up for what’s right. Read more, then engage with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to share... Read More

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It’s 2017, and Facebook is nothing new. A far cry from the college-centric social network that debuted in 2006, Facebook is now the most popular social media platform in the world, used by 79% of adults (and 68% of adults in the United States). Among users, three-quarters check Facebook daily.

Still, many congregations struggle with engagement on Facebook. What kind of posts will garner responses from members and potential members? How can we get past Facebook’s tendency to throttle organic post exposure?

Here are 18 ways your synagogue can experiment with Facebook this...

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The URJ Youth Summit is underway in Chicago, IL, where it’s running parallel to NFTY Convention, bringing together a total of more than 1,400 Reform Jewish teens and educators from across North America. The Youth Summit is an opportunity for educators to hone their skills around supporting, nurturing, and educating teens. While they’re here, they’ll be inspired by experts in the field who will help guide them in creating a new language of mentorship, agency, and partnership as it relates to youth engagement.

Friday’s opening plenary kicked off with addresses from Michelle Shapiro...

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We are pleased to announce that Joe Lichtenstein, a sophomore from Temple Emanuel in Roanoke, VA (NFTY Mid-Atlantic Region), is this year’s winner of the Wendy Blickstein Memorial D’var Torah competition. Joe’s d’var Torah, " The Quiet Message: How Parashat Yitro Teaches Us to Lead," focuses on leadership and authenticity in relationship to Parashat Yitro.

He writes,

“When studying Yitro, I was struck by the juxtaposition of the cataclysmic nature of Exodus and Sinai one one hand, and the single critical message of Jethro on the other. It seemed to me that the Torah...

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