THE NEW UNION HAGGADAH, Revised Edition
Blends the best of the old and the new! This thoughtful update of this beloved Haggadah preserves the elegance and beauty of the original version while making it relevant to 21st Century families.
Not only does The New Union Haggadah, Revised Edition, preserve the literary beauty and the broad, universalistic spirit of the 1923 edition, it also creatively incorporates the beautiful original artwork. The revision is being created in cooperation with the Society for Classical Reform Judaism.
- Gender Sensitive Language
- Inclusive Approach
- Full Transliteration
- Miriam’s Cup Ritual
Hardcover, full color.
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As a part of our commitment to providing Classical Reform resources, we are now posting videos of Classical Reform worship Services, programs and interviews with Classical Reform leaders. You will find these videos under the “Videos” tab in the menu bar. Here is an example of one of our services.
In the Majesty of Holiness: A Worship Service in the Classical Reform Heritage
This service was performed at Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem, on April 11, 2013, and was co-sponsored by the Society for Classical Reform Judaism. It showcases Classical Reform music and includes a review of the lives and compositions of three major Reform Jewish composers – Bonia Shur, Cantor Boris Schatz and Cantor William Sharlin.
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The Society had a significant presence at the URJ Biennial gathering of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) in San Diego, on December 10-14, 2013. Three thousand delegates from America’s over 900 Reform congregations gathered for this event. The Society presented two major programs:
Learning Session: “Reclaiming and Renewing our Reform Jewish Heritage ” on Thursday, December 12, 8:45 AM.
Rabbi Howard Berman, Executive Director of the Society was joined by our Board members Rabbis Nadia Siritsky and Edward P. Cohn, and guest panelists in exploring the various ways that Reform congregations can rediscover our shared heritage and meaningfully incorporate our historic Reform traditions into their worship and programs.
Worship Service: “The Beauty of Holiness“- Thursday, December 12, 5:00 PM.
For the first time in many years, there was a Classical Reform worship option at a Biennial. Rabbi Nadia Siritsky and Cantors Yvon Shore (Hebrew Union College Cincinnati) and Evan Cohen (Kehilat Har-El, Jerusalem), joined Rabbi Berman in offering a beautiful worship experience from the Union Prayer Book- Sinai Edition, Revised - with music spanning both the historic repertoire and contemporary compositions.
The SCRJ also hosted a booth in the Exhibition Hall, staffed by our Board, featuring our newsletters, CD recordings and other materials.
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There has been a great deal of interest surrounding the unusual confluence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah this year. The hype of the “Thanksgivukkah” craze, with humorous ideas for joint holiday celebrations, including menorahs shaped like turkeys (“menurkeys”) and pumpkin latkes, are certainly amusing and witty. However, the intersection of the Thanksgiving and Hanukkah traditions offer far more profound and inspiring links that can add deep meaning to our observance of both beloved festivals.
Our Reform Musical Tradition: Some Personal Reflections
Rabbi Howard A. Berman
Executive Director, The Society for Classical Reform Judaism
The Choir of the Pestalozzistrasse Synagogue, Berlin, Preserves the Great German Reform Musical Tradition
One of the most distinctive dimensions and enduring legacies of the Classical Reform tradition is the great repertoire of liturgical music that our Movement has created over the past two centuries. The early Reformers were guided by the overarching themes of our history – affirming Judaism’s characteristic integration of uniquely Jewish values and observance within the broader social environments in which our people have lived. They fully embraced the cultural and intellectual progress of the modern age as inherently compatible with Jewish tradition and identity. These values were the context for the emergence of new expressions of Jewish life and worship that reflected the different artistic and cultural settings of modern Europe and America
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