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Tragedy in Paris: Society for Classical Reform Judaism Speaks Out

The Society for Classical Reform Judaism expresses its sorrow in the face of the tragedy that has unfolded in Paris this past week.  We join all people of conscience throughout the

SCRJ to be Featured at the National Convention of the Union of Reform Judaism (URJ)

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

Beyond Thanksgivukkah: A Deeper Celebration of Our Heritage as American Jews

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

Reflections of Remembrance and Healing in the Aftermath of the Boston Bombings

One unbelievably short week ago this past Friday, I and members of our Central ReformTemple family were completing our ten day pilgrimage and study mission in Israel. On that day,

Is it “kosher” to put Chanukah lights up on our house?

This is a blog written by Rabbi Howard Berman on My husband comes from a Christian family, but we’ve decided to raise our family Jewish. With Chanukah coming up,

Reflections for Thanksgiving Day 2012

  One of the most important aspects of the shared observance of Thanksgiving Day in our nation is the fact that Americans from many different religious traditions and cultural backgrounds

The High Holy Day Experience From the Perspective of Classical Reform Judaism

One of the most distinctive dimensions of the High Holy Days in our tradition is that among the major observances of the Jewish calendar, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are

SCRJ to Release New CD for the High Holy Days

Building on the success of our first compact disc, “Come O Sabbath Day” , the Society for Classical Reform Judaism is about to release our second recording – “Open the Gates Unto Us: Music for the High Holy Days in the Tradition of Classical Reform Judaism.” Our SCRJ Board member, Cantor Aaron Kaplan of Boynton Beach, Florida, compiled this great program from live recordings of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Services at Chicago Sinai Congregation, Temple Sinai of New Orleans, and Temple Emanu-El, New York . Read More…