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Grieving through the Omer

By Kami Knapp
What do we do when our Jewish practices are painful, when instead of anticipation and joy one is filled with hesitancy and dread? My father passed away unexpectedly on December 31st, 2016, the...  more

The Long Road Ahead: Omer 10, Tiferet sh’be’Gevurah

By Alden Solovy
I’ve seen it happen to hikers on the trail: in the Grand Canyon, on Mount Rainier, on Mount Shasta. The length and weight of the trail can simply crush the will out of an otherwise capable hiker....  more

Passover Sneaking Up on You? Let Serach Be Your Guide

By Ariana Katz
Serach is the one who helps us, the unready, become ready. Passover is approaching sooner than we'd like to admit, and as usual, I'm not ready. It behooves me to remember that I'm in a...  more

A New Haggadah Marking 50 Years of Occupation

By Jessica Montell
The Seder Night is a call for change.  The traditional haggadah is a multi-layered document that tells an ancient story, but also commands us to see that story in the present tense: as if we...  more

How to Design an Artistic Omer Counting Practice

By D'vorah Horn
The most important aspect of engaging in an expressive practice for the Omer counting period is to give yourself as much compassion (hesed) as possible. Many years ago, in 1976, I was a student of...  more

Freedom and Responsibility

By Alden Solovy
The Jewish concept of freedom is not solely about escaping bondage. It’s not freedom “from,” it’s freedom “to.”  If the story of the Exodus from Egypt was just about freedom from slavery it...  more

When Jews and Muslims Pray Together

By Rabbi Rachel Barenblat
What could we do on our little campus to foster interfaith solidarity and to bring comfort to two minority religious communities whose members are likely sad and anxious about bomb threats at JCCs...  more

Synchronicity/Beshert: Meant to Be

By Ariana Katz
Carl Jung explains a concept called synchronicity, which means that events can be “meaningful coincidences” if they are not causally related but seem to have a particular connection. In the spring...  more

Whole Community Inclusion

By Mikey Hess Webber
What I have found most useful is that the word “special needs” is truly expansive. Everyday and everywhere, people face challenges, overcome obstacles, and can benefit from special accommodations...  more

The Paradox of Brokenness

By Alden Solovy
You are not broken. Neither am I. You are not broken. Neither am I. Strange assertion from a man who carries deep wounds. The traumatic death of my wife. Witness to alcoholism, drug abuse,...  more