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Louis Lewandowski’s Spirited “Halleluyah” (Psalm 150)

Louis Lewandowski’s Spirited “Halleluyah” (Psalm 150) Louis Lewandowski (1821-1894) was a famous choir director and Cantor, and a prolific composer of Jewish liturgical music.  His body of work includes compositions

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

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

Passover: Remembering and Honoring the Role of Women

FOUR COURAGEOUS WOMEN & ONE COURAGEOUS YOUNG GIRL HELPED SAVE MOSES & THE ISRAELITES Yochoved, Miriam, Shifra, Puah, and Batya (Pharaoh’s Daughter) As Passover begins Jews and interfaith families and


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,

Thanksgiving Prayer for our Country

The Society for Classical Reform Judaism joins Jewish communities and organizations around the country in giving thanks for our nation.  We are privileged to live in this beautiful land, where

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

The New Summer Reform Advocate

Including the Feature Article: Society’s Partnership with Hebrew Union College Enters a New and Expanded Phase And Two Moving Personal Stories from Classical Reform Supporters: “How I Became Captivated with


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