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Finally! My first trip to Israel! I can say with no uncertainty that my first experience in Eretz Yisrael was anything but typical. Dead Sea? Nope. Massada? Nope. Tunnels? Well, you get the idea…

Yet, I feel that I came away from this adventure greatly enriched with a strong understanding and love for the land and the people. My travels immersed me in the lives of Israeli Progressive Jews along with their trials and successes.

My first impressions upon arriving were, “the airport is beautiful, clean, and so quiet.”  Then it hit me. I really was in Israel! We had landed on a...

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Her grandkids’ friends refer to her as the “tech grandma.” At 101 years of age, not only is she healthy, engaged, and fit, but she is also an accomplished Facebook, email, iPad, and Mac user. Her friends (most over 90) often cluster around her computer while she searches Google for information they want about a movie or political candidate. She has 70 Facebook friends. She supports political causes and charities and she is a WRJ Individual Member. Despite her age, she is an advocate for social justice – on June 1st, she wore...

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Child covering his face by holding a dirty hand up to the camera

As a resident of McAllen, Texas, for more than 40 years of my life, I know what value immigrants bring to our community. Thousands of people cross our borders every year, enhancing our quality of life. Our community witnesses this firsthand, seeing those children, those families, that cross in search of a better life.

What is happening to children and parents fleeing torture and violence in Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala is a terrible reality. Yet for most Americans, it is unimaginable. What our government has done to these families is morally reprehensible.

McAllen...

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Every year on June 20, we honor the resilience and courage of refugees and celebrate their contributions to our communities and to our entire nation.

Today, we face a global refugee crisis of an unprecedented scale. The 65.5 million people displaced worldwide exceeds any number in recorded history. The number of refugees worldwide has risen to 22.5 million, over half of whom are under the age of 18. We see crises like that in Syria, where 50% of its current population is displaced, and Burma, a situation that’s been described as the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis. It’s...

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In this week’s parashah, Korach, we find a community of 250 leaders joining Korach to question and confront Moses and Aaron on their leadership and place of authority in the community.  Up until now, God has guided Moses to lead the people of Israel and given Aaron rights to perform ritual offerings to God.  Korach and his followers are now questioning this decision on leadership and debating God’s selection, therefore, questioning God’s decision making.  They stage a rebellion to take over the leadership of Aaron and Moses. In two separate instances God demonstrates that the leadership of...

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