Earlier this Spring, the New Hampshire state legislature voted to abolish the death penalty, which would make NH the 20th state to put an end to capital punishment. Currently, the bill is waiting on Governor Chris Sununu's signature. In March, Rabbi Robin Nafshi of Temple Beth Jacob in Concord testified before the State Senate to explain why Reform Jews are...Read More
To be an American Jew is to live in the clutch of a persistent values tension.
The voice of American free enterprise speaks into one ear, telling us that our nation’s unprecedented financial success rests upon the freedom to reap whatever rewards can be legally gained from conducting business. So long as the law isn’t being broken, there is nothing wrong with an American seeking to accumulate limitless profits for him or herself. In fact, those who achieve the greatest wealth are lionized for their victory, appearing on lists that rank and celebrate those most successful at...Read More
This piece originally ran as a Strategies for Sisterhood Success item in Women of Reform Judaism's Weekly Digest newsletter.
Mother’s Day is a day when we celebrate the women who raised us. To show our love and appreciation, we often give gifts—jewelry, clothing, tickets to a show. While these gifts are wonderful, we should also work towards giving our mothers one gift in particular that could change their lives tremendously—paid family leave. Family leave has only been around in the United States for a short period. Before 1993, workers had no...Read More
On Monday, May 14, the RAC's Northern California Senior Organizer, Rabbi Julie Saxe-Taller, spoke at the California launch of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. At state capitals across the country, nonviolent moral civil disobedience actions kicked off a 6-week long campaign to awaken our country to the suffering of the poor and downtrodden. This post is adapted from Rabbi Saxe-Taller's remarks. Learn more and get involved at www.rac.org/poorpeoplescampaign.
I am Rabbi Julie Saxe-Taller, and I am here...Read More
This post is adapted from a message Rabbi Fred Guttman sent to his congregation, Temple Emanuel of Greensboro, NC.
Rabbi Aaron Panken, the President of Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, died tragically in an accident on May 5, 2018. He was 53 years old. Our deepest condolences go out to his family.
In March 2015, Rabbi Panken...Read More