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Believeland is Rising, But The Plague of Gun Violence Demands a Response

Jeremy Cronig | Posted 07.20.2016 | Politics
Jeremy Cronig

There are straightforward steps we can take locally and nationally to reduce gun violence. In the Cleveland area, I have worked with my Reform Jewish congregation -- Temple Emanu El in Orange Village -- through the interfaith group Greater Cleveland Congregations to advocate for investment in the growing field of smart gun technology and to clean up gun distribution practices.

Donald Trump Speaks at AIPAC

Arnold Steinberg | Posted 03.21.2016 | Politics
Arnold Steinberg

Will Trump Blow it? Trump's speech at AIPAC is about more than AIPAC, Jews and the Mideast: Is he a serious candidate? This morning Hillary Cli...

Israel and the Diaspora: Time for Understanding, Not Disparaging

Rabbi Rick Jacobs | Posted 03.16.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Rick Jacobs

Every time I visit Israel, I'm struck by how much Israelis misunderstand about Jewish life in North America - specifically, many Israelis seem to believe that Jewish life here is on its last leg.

Coming Together to Heal Our Nation of the Gun Violence Epidemic

Taylor Gleeson | Posted 02.17.2016 | Impact
Taylor Gleeson

Growing up in a country where Isla Vista, Sandy Hook, and Virginia Tech are common vocabulary, we strive to add the underrepresented youth voice to an issue that has so heavily affected our generation's upbringing.

How Synagogues Honor Non-Jewish Congregants On Yom Kippur

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.23.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Eleven years ago this Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year, Rabbi Janet Marder asked the non-Jews in her California congregation to co...

True Strength at America's Journey for Justice

Rabbi Mary Zamore | Posted 08.13.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Mary Zamore

The strength I witnessed was in the elders who led our march and carried the American flag. These men, beaten and brutalized so many decades ago, had marched with Dr. King during the original Freedom Marches. Additionally, I witnessed strength in the next generation.

Electing Our Leaders Today: The Torah of Our Choosing

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 01.04.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

You may set, yes, set over you some to hold office, Who are aware that the Breath of Life is One, Uniting all, breathing into life all God's Creation.

Are You a Member of Alpha Epsilon Pi? (And Why Am I Asking?)

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 07.12.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

I joined AEPi in my freshman year of college. In my chapter at Johns Hopkins were mostly what we'd now call "nerds." Including me: In those days, I c...

Reform Judaism's New Leader Faces Challenging Times

Posted 06.15.2011 | Religion

By A. James Rudin Religion News Service NEW YORK (RNS) The heady days of American congregational expansion are over. The nation's largest Jewish ...

N.Y. Rabbi Tapped To Lead Reform Jews

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Kevin Eckstrom Religion News Service (RNS) A New York rabbi with a reputation for innovation has been tapped to lead the Union for Reform Judaism,...