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Holy Sparks: Celebrating 50 Years of Women in the Rabbinate

April 28, 2022
On June 3, 1972, Rabbi Sally Priesand was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion as the first woman rabbi in North America. To celebrate this milestone in Jewish and American history, HUC's Dr. Bernard Heller Museum in New York partnered with The Braid's Story Archive of Women Rabbis in Los Angeles to create the exhibition "Holy Sparks," presenting 24 ground-breaking women rabbis who were "firsts" in their time.

The Jewish Summer Camp Experience

Jewish Camp

Reform Jewish summer camps fuse the activities, friendships, and communal life of traditional camps with the Jewish values, role models and culture our shared heritage. This uniquely immersive experience provides a confidence-building opportunity in which campers experience joy and discovery in a communal Jewish setting.

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Find connection, community, learning, and spirituality at a welcoming Reform congregation near you.

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Congregation Beth Am photo at Pride March

 

Arts, Culture & Travel

Museums to Visit in Jerusalem

With sites like the Western Wall and the Old City, it can often feel like Jerusalem itself is a museum campus. While you're busy exploring the beautiful and historic sites the city has to offer, don't forget to check out the fantastic museums that reside there as well.

Judaism Under Quarantine

Gevurot (Mighty Deeds) in a Time of Pandemic

Source of All Life Daily Your Jewish Children Praise You and Your Mighty Deeds We call you: Matir Asurim The One who Releases the Imprisoned Someich Noflim The One Who Lifts up the Fallen Rofei Ha-Cholim The One Who Heals the Sick We trust You keep faith with those who sleep in the dust And now

What's Real about a Virtual Shabbat Service?

Frankly, I was skeptical about attending services online – but it was the occasion of the yahrzeit (anniversary of death) for my wife’s brother, and this was our only option for respecting her wish to recite the Mourner’s Kaddish with our Jewish community.

25 Jewish Things to Try at Home

If you’re looking for a bit of an escape from everything going on in the world right now, try experimenting with and embracing your Judaism from home. Here are a few ways to begin.

College Life

Family Activities

Challah Covers

Let your kids go wild! They'll be so proud to see their challah cover on their Shabbat table - and these make for an excellent grandparent gift.

3 Ways to Bring Shabbat Home

Shabbat is the Jewish holiday that comes each week. Its roots lie in the biblical story of creation when, in order to complete the work of creating the world, God rested on the seventh day

Food & Recipes

Discover food and both traditional and new recipes integral to Jewish culture.

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Book Reviews

Cakes and Miracles: A Purim Tale

Even though Hershel can no longer see, he remembers what things looked like before he lost his sight - and creates beautiful shapes from his mother’s hamentashen dough. His cookies earn him a compliment and a possible future job from the town baker.