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How to Start a Jewish-Themed Book Club

Miri Pomerantz Dauber, Jewish Book Council
April 2, 2021

Have you been sending book recommendations to friends? Are there books that you can't wait to talk about? Or do you want some social time to relax and think about something entirely separate from regular life?

Voices - Parashah Tzav

Trina Novak WRJ Northeast District Immediate Past President
March 26, 2021

In The Torah: A Women’s Commentary, Nancy Fuchs Kreimer points out that one way women could participate in drawing closer to God was via the system of complex laws and rituals around preparing and eating food. For instance, when preparing braided bread for Shabbat, we take a small piece of dough called the challah, then burn it, representing the showbreads sacrificed at the temple. Now, we are pulling out our family recipes and preparing our homes for Pesach, a holiday celebrated with the ritual of seder, or order.

Due to COVID precautions, the days often seem to blend into one another. To combat disorder, I ritually use my calendar feature and program reminders on my phone to keep my daily routines going. In addition, I have chosen to add action items to my checklist that not only have intention, but also impact and meaning, as a way of practicing my Korban, or a way of drawing closer to God.

From Family to Friendships: How Reform Judaism Continues to Sustain Me

Phyllis Bigelson, past-President, WRJ Pacific District, Northridge, CA
March 18, 2021
I grew up in what was considered a lower/middle-class neighborhood in the Bronx, New York, with my parents and sister, Marcia. Everyone I knew lived in small apartments in large buildings, so living in a one-bedroom apartment with four people was just normal living to me.

Wonderings about Jewish Practices

Dr. Madelyn Mishkin Katz
March 12, 2021

As a Jewish educator, I have encountered many situations in which Reform Jews of all ages – youth at camp or in NFTY, adults at URJ Biennials, and women at WRJ events – appear uncomfortable when it comes to “what to do” during worship services.

Wonderings about Jewish Practices

Dr. Madelyn Mishkin Katz
March 12, 2021

As a Jewish educator, I have encountered many situations in which Reform Jews of all ages – youth at camp or in NFTY, adults at URJ Biennials, and women at WRJ events – appear uncomfortable when it comes to “what to do” during worship services.

Voices of WRJ: Vayak’heil-P’Kudei

Holly Plotnick
March 12, 2021

 

In last week’s Torah portion (Ki Tisa), the Israelites gathered against Aaron (Moses’ brother) to demand that he led them to make the Golden Calf as an idol to represent God as they were unsure when or if Moses would be returning.

Sharing Our Stories: In My Grandfather’s Footsteps

By Andrea Kulikovsky, Executive Director, UJR-Amlat
March 8, 2021
I remember going to synagogue with my grandfather as a little girl. He was my hero, my safe harbor, and the synagogue was our space. He was also the head of the religious committee. At that time, our synagogue was divided into women’s and men’s sections, but I stayed with him and all the men and never felt awkward. After my grandfather died, I kept attending Shabbat services with a friend. I was part of the tnua (youth movement) and later became one of our temple’s first female members of the religious committee. I was following in my grandfather’s footsteps.