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Classical Reform Videos Now Posted on our Website!

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

Happy New Year! Prayers and Readings for the High Holy Days

A very Happy New Year to you all!  If you have never experienced a Classical Reform High Holy Day Service, I think you will enjoy reading the Society’s Special High

Reliving Sinai: Shavuot and the Tradition of Confirmation in Reform Judaism

  Did you know that…”… early as 1817, confirmation reflected the major Reform principle of gender equality by including both girls and boys-becoming the first (very radical) opportunity for an

“Let all who are hungry come…” Passover: A Special Opportunity for Jews by Choice

Did you know that:  “While the traditional interpretations of the Exodus in the Haggadah tended to emphasize the particular meaning of the story for Jews themselves, the early (Jewish) Reformers

Save the Dates: “Reclaiming and Renewing Our (Reform Jewish) Heritage”

Please join us for this year’s March conference on the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion‘s Cincinnati campus.  The Society and the College are celebrating our fourth year of partnership

A Purim Reading: Celebrating the Triumph of Good over Evil

This month we celebrate Purim, a holiday that commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people from the tyrant Haman in ancient Persia.  Haman, a high-ranking official in King Ahasuerus’ court,

Abraham Lincoln, a “Jewish Saint”

One of the most critically acclaimed movies of the year is Lincoln.  It has been nominated for 12 academy awards, including nominations of Daniel Day Lewis for best actor, Tony Kushner for

The Kippah and Reform Judaism | Guest Blog by Kyle Stidham

In Reform Judaism, both men and women can choose to wear or not to wear a kippah (or yarmulke). Our personal choice depends on the meaning each of us attaches to this familiar custom. One of our contributors, Kyle Stidham, writes a very thoughtful and thought-provoking piece about why he stopped wearing a kippah. He looks into Classical Reform history, Jewish ethnicity, his own reasoning, and into his soul tomake his decision. We hope you enjoy this excellent piece on the subject.

The Kippah (and why it’s staying off)

by Kyle Stidham

I post regularly on a Facebook forum dedicated to the discussion of issues relevant to the Society for Classical Reform Judaism. If you don’t already know about the Society, in short, it’s an organization aiming to not just preserve the best that Classical Reform Jewish heritage has to offer, but also to revive those aspects of Classical Reform that many in our larger community have let fall by the wayside.

In late March, I made a post about my struggle with outward expressions of Jewish identity – specifically, my struggle with the timeless Reform question: to Kippah, or not to Kippah? …as I study and involve myself more with our Classical Reform heritage, I find that I have a deeper connection to my Judaism, and to God.

For the last year, I’ve worn a kippah regularly, inside the temple and out. But as I develop more of a relationship with the minhag that I have embraced, I find that my wearing of the kippah has less to do with my faith, and more to do with my culture and ethnicity. But even this isn’t a very clear-cut factor….