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The True Meaning of the Orange on the Passover Seder Plate

More than an estimated 10,000 haggadahs are in print – more than anyone could read in a lifetime.  Of those I have used, one of my favorites is the Feminist

The New Union Haggadah to be Published March 2014

The Society for Classical Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of AmericanRabbis Press have collaborated to publish  The New Union Haggadah, a revised edition.  The original Union Haggadah was published in 1923,

Classical Reform Videos, Music, and Audio Files – A New Feature on Our Website!

As a part of our commitment to providing Classical Reform resources, we are now posting videos and audio files of Classical Reform Services and educational programs. You will find these

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

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

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…”…..as 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

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,

“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