2 stories and a blessing for the new year. How will you make the next 365 days matter?
When Jews and Baha’is sat down to break bread, the similarities were astounding and the discussions delicious.
How Congregation Or Ami Answered the Call to Feed and Care for a Temple Facing the Ventura Fires
When sadness over the fires at Camp Newman fill you with sadness, remember that we are a resilient people.
An open letter to Camp Newman teens, staff and alumni from Rabbi Paul Kipnes about getting through after the fire. (Okay to share with adults too)
Our hearts hold both the loss of URJ Camp Newman AND care for all those facing harm and devastation.
It is time for us to lift the veil of silence around mental illness, talking about it and our mental health journeys. Especially in the Jewish community.
A Kaddish after Gun Violence: For when Humanity Fails Itself
A mother speaks about her appreciation that the Congregation Or Ami and its rabbis offered deep support for their daughter on her battle with depression.
Teen Dani, an 11th grader, shared her mental health journey (through depression) to an overflowing synagogue on Yom Kippur.
The mother died four days after her daughter became Bat Mitzvah. And then I had it out with God.
What are Isaac's thoughts on the Akedah, when his dad almost sacrificed him? A first person perspective about sons and fathers.
Embracing complexity and nuance: Talking to your family friends whose opinions you hate.
Sara Lee's wisdom and truth-telling transformed what once was an anxiety-filled season of frenetic High Holiday scrambling into a more introspective period of thoughtful High Holy Day preplanning and ultimately deeper meaning.
As a house-sized iceberg was calved from the Alaskan glacier, we discovered poignant lessons for the Jewish High Holy Days.