Secular Holidays

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Secular holidays give us the chance to widen our communities of celebration. We can join with other Americans for prayer, introspection or community service, as we observe holidays that connect us to each other. We can also interpret these holidays in a Jewish context, understanding them in light of the texts and experiences of our people.

Living in Two Civilizations

By Alex Rubin
Camp is a microcosm of an ideal Jewish, American life. There, we celebrate both American and Jewish holidays, we are able to connect to each other socially and spiritually, and even when...  more
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A Prayer for the Government

By Rabbi Leonard Gordon
Originally written for Human Rights Shabbat, this prayer seeks to capture the hope that the social justice teachings of Torah, and the ethical impulses they inspire, will be mirrored in the actions of our governments on all levels.   more

Mother's Day Blessing

By Rabbi Nathan Martin & Matt Utterback
A Mother's Day ritual in which children share what they most like and appreciate about their mothers.   more
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Inauguration Day

By Rabbi Deborah Glanzberg-Krainin, Ph.D.
I don’t worry about whether or not the incoming president was “my” candidate: on Inauguration Day I always feel the excitement borne of possibility and good will.   more
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