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Fighting for Marriage Equality in Maine

Susan Bulba Carvutto

Here in the Maine wilderness, fighting for justice can feel lonely. As the first resident Reform rabbi at Temple Beth El in Augusta – a short walk from the State House – I have lived through two referenda on employment and housing rights for LGBT people and...

"I Can’t Swim": Reflections on the Need for Climate Action

Barbara Lerman-Golomb

When I was eight years old, at a swim club with my family, a friend of my brother’s thought it would be funny to toss me into the pool. I couldn’t swim. Panic ensued as I tried to paddle my way to the wall, all the while with my nose and mouth dipping below...

And You Shall Teach All Your Children

Daphne Lazar-Price

This past weekend, between all of our friendly banter, there were three current event topics that dominated our Shabbat table conversation - the passing of Debbie Friedman, the gun control debate, and, wait for it: our kids' tuition bills for the 2011-2012...

Disability Advocacy for Small Congregations

My hometown of Orlando, FL, has been on my mind a lot lately, mostly because its "seasonal" temperatures in the 50s seem much more enjoyable than the below-freezing temperatures in Washington, D.C. But on Monday, the city that brought us Disney World popped...

The Other F Word: Fistula

Daphne Lazar-Price

Do you know what a fistula is? If you do, then you're likely fidgeting uncomfortably. If you don't, I'll take a moment to explain.

A fistula is a childbirth complication that occurs during obstructed labor, resulting in a stillborn child. The tissues that...