There has been a new development in the Reform movement of Judaism, the largest and most liberal branch of Judaism in the U.S. There’s a new prayer book out, and it has been designed to be useful to everyone, with more Hebrew for those who want that, and also more sensitivity to women and to contemporary values. More
Whether they are Orthodox, Conservative, Reconstructionist or Reform, whether they gather on a California beach or in a New York City synagogue, Jews share at least one common element at their Rosh Hashanah observances: the shofar.
New York’s Yeshiva University Museum has opened an exhibit called “And I Still See Their Faces.” It’s made up primarily of family photographs of members of pre-war Poland’s once thriving Jewish community. Most of those remembered in the photographs did not survive the Holocaust. More
The question of whether to ordain gay clergy has challenged and divided many denominations, including Conservative Jews. The Orthodox strongly oppose gay ordination, but reform Jews accept it. Now, the Conservative movement's Committee on Jewish Law and Standards has recommended that Conservative seminaries should be allowed to admit gays.
Yavilah McCoy is one of several thousand African-American Jews. She has devoted her talent and energy to use Gospel music to try to overcome the prejudice she has experienced from other Jews. To create a better future for her children, Yavilah wants it known that Jews come in a variety of shades and colors.
In northern California, Rabbi Alan Lew encourages Jews to borrow from the Buddhist tradition of meditation to enhance their practice during the High Holidays and all year round. Says Lew, “what really makes Jewish prayer powerful is something inexpressible, and meditation really sensitizes you to the inexpressible.” More
Every year as Passover approaches, Jewish children learn the significance of unleavened bread -- matzah -- eaten at each Passover seder. R&E joined a group of some younger Jews learning to make matzah at the Temple Sha'arey Shalom School in Springfield, New Jersey. The chief baker is Rabbi Zalman Grossbaum.