Parashah Ki Tetzei

Dr. Madelyn Mishkin Katz
August 19, 2021

I suspect that everyone has gone through an experience in which you felt resentful, angry or depressed about a past encounter with someone and found it hard to get past it. Someone close to you may have said, “Get over it!

Future of Judaica Shops within Synagogues

Kay Schachter
August 19, 2021
As synagogues reopen and life splutters anew with more simchas, we return to temple for classes, programs, and worship. So, the question remains: What has been the impact of COVID on our business, and how do we see the future of Judaica shops within synagogues?

Parashah Shof'tim

Rachel Roth
August 12, 2021


In this week’s Torah portion, Shof’tim, we find, as part of his final speech, Moses’ instructions to the People of Israel for setting up a justice system.

Parashah R'eih

Lisa B. Schwartz, WRJ North American Board Member, Yardley, PA
August 5, 2021

Parashah R’eih (Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17) opens with the verse “See, this day I set before you blessing and curse (Deut 11:26-28).” Many instructions of daily living are included in the text.

On Voting Rights

Anjelica N. Ruiz
August 5, 2021


When I came out of the mikvah over eight years ago, I joked to someone that I was now a “super-minority,” as a Hispanic-Filipino Jewish woman.

The Feeling of Going Back to Camp and Being Myself

Ari Rosenblatt, President of NFTY-CWR, Danville, CA
July 30, 2021
In the midst of this crazy year, I did not expect to have the opportunity to return home. Since I was eight years old, I have been a camper at URJ Camp Newman and the experiences I have gained over these past 10 years have been transformative and life-changing.

Parashah Eikev

Emily Dana, HUC-JIR Rabbinical Student, Waltham, MA
July 30, 2021

Parashah Eikev, while it may be one of the parashyot in Deuteronomy that we gloss over on our way to Simchat Torah, actually raises several challenging questions and can teach us meaningful lessons.

Parashah Va-et'chanan

Karen Sim, WRJ First Vice President, Isaac M. Wise Temple, Cincinnati, OH
July 23, 2021


When I was a little girl attending Sunday school, I learned about the Ten Commandments and understood the gist of most of them, particularly the commandments about one God, not stealing, and honoring my Mother and Father.

Sisterhood Shabbat

Lillian Silver, WRJ Vice President of Philanthropy, Women of Temple Beth Hillel, Valley Village, CA
July 23, 2021
REST. After a busy six days of work, Shabbat gives us the chance to step back. To breathe. To reflect on our efforts. It is an opportunity to celebrate our accomplishments, connect with our community, and rejuvenate our souls.