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Reflections on Independence Day

Reflections on Independence Day… “Let us rededicate ourselves to continue, with love and devotion, to do our part, as Americans and as Jews, to build a nation true to its

Our Spiritual Commencement: June Celebrations and the Tradition of Confirmation

We hope you enjoy our new monthly blog series  – “This Month in Our Reform Jewish Heritage.”  This educational series, written by Rabbi Howard A. Berman, offers a unique perspective

Emma Lazarus – Author of the Famous Sonnet on the Statue of Liberty – “The New Colossus”

Raising the Voices of Jewish Women: A Special Monthly Series by the Society for Classical Reform Judaism. Until the twentieth century, the voices of Jewish women – accounts of their

What is Classical Reform Judaism?

SEVEN PRINCIPLES OF CLASSICAL REFORM JUDAISM Excerpts from “A Concise Profile,” by Rabbi Howard Berman   Classical Reform Judaism is one expression of Reform Judaism that is resonating with the

The Effect of Hebrew on Worship Satisfaction & Congregational Membership

“INTERFAITH FAMILY AND JEWISH LIFE SURVEY” PREDICTS WHO IS MOST LIKELY TO JOIN A CONGREGATION by Cynthia L. Conley, PhD., MSW; Rabbi Dr. Nadia Siritsky, MSSW, BCC; Rabbi Devon A.

Martin Luther King Day: Continuing the Fight for Racial Equality

Martin Luther King Day: Continuing the Fight for Racial Equality When President Obama was elected, many of us thought that we were entering a post racial age. We now know

CHANUKAH AND THE AMERICAN SPIRIT

Chanukah and the American Spirit A reflection by Rabbi Howard A. Berman The Festival of Chanukah has always had a special significance for American Jews. The story of the Maccabees,

Coping with this Alarming Presidential Campaign

During this year’s Yom Kippur services, I found several prayers particularly timely and compelling.  Three of them, titled “Failures in Truth,” “Failures in Justice,” and  “Failures in Love,” jumped off

Yom Kippur’s Kol Nidre Prayer and Music

The Kol Nidre prayer is one of the most powerful, recognizable and beloved prayers in Jewish liturgy.  It is heard only once a year, at the beginning of the Yom

NEW ISSUE OF THE REFORM ADVOCATE!

This new issue of The Reform Advocate includes moving stories from three interfaith families who have found spiritual homes in Classical Reform congregations.  All were drawn to these congregations by