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October 2015


As Dr. Seuss wrote in one of my favorite books, "Oh the places you"ll go!" Yesterday, this phrase kept resonating with me. We began the day at Beit Shmuel, the Reform Movement’s terrific guest-house in Jerusalem. In fact, visiting this gorgeous piece of real estate in Jerusalem is absolutely worth a trip! But I digress... We began the day in a meeting room recently refurbished by a generous grant from WRJ. A beautiful plaque honoring WRJ hangs on the wall and as Reform Jews from around the world gather, I feel very proud. But I digress...

Lynn Magid Lazar

In the United States, 1 in 6 people face hunger.

Taylor Gleeson
Iranian, P5+1 Foreign Ministers

Sunday marked “Adoption Day” for the agreement reached between Iran and the P5+1 over its nuclear program, kno

Jacob Kraus

Our tradition teaches us, “you shall not hate your kinsfolk in your heart” (Leviticus 19:17).

Rachel Landman
Joel and Ariella Thal Simonds with Oprah

God. Justice. Compassion. 

When asked to put your belief in three words what would you say?

Rabbi Joel Thal Simonds
man holding head


 “Love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” (Deuteronomy 10:19)

Tyler Dratch
"Located in central Spain, 70 km south of Madrid. It is the capital of the province of Toledo."

Judah and Israel, know how bitter I am;

as I tremble, for my sins, shuddering and shaken.

For gone is my song, or any possible joy,

Jacob Kraus

Greetings from Tel Aviv! It's certainly a different city from Jerusalem and yet in so many ways it is utterly and consistently Israel. The differences could not be more dramatic! Take for example, the landscape—or should I say seascape. The beaches in Tel Aviv are gorgeous and we have had spectacular summer-like weather. There is a vibrancy in Jerusalem, but it is nothing like the energy, the construction and the youthful presence here in Tel Aviv. And yet, in these troubling days, there are similarities between the two cities in the conversations, attitudes and activities. As an example, we made plans with our cousin to spend time in a newly restored area of the city. Those plans had to be cancelled on Thursday as a large section of the city was closed off while police, soldiers and helicopters searched for a "suspicious vehicle." Although we made alternate plans and had a lovely day, it is emblematic of life in Israel. It is not something that we as North Americans can easily understand.

Lynn Magid Lazar