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This Is My God
by Simeon J. Maslin
I must search for God in ways that have meaning for me personally. Only then can I truly exalt “the God of my father.”

Discussion & Study Guide
by Alan D. Bennett
This discussion and study guide to the “Drawing Near to God” Focus section includes background information, article summaries, questions, a bibliography, and more.

God Training
by Richard N. Levy
We can find God’s presence in our lives every day, from sunrise to sunset.

God Wrestling
by Barbara K. Shuman
Moments of encountering God can be as real and as close as breathing, and yet mysterious and unexplainable.

Our Children Need God
by Edythe Mencher
Even if we have doubts about God, we can strengthen our children’s spiritual lives.

On the Edge of Life
by Richard Jacobs
Three days after Yom Kippur, I was in the African nation of Chad, meeting with refugees who had survived the genocide across the border in the Darfur region of Sudan.

The Prayer Book of the People
A conversation with Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman on the making of Mishkan T’filah—A Reform Siddur , the Movement’s innovative new prayer book.

The Prayer Books, They Are A'Changin'
by Elliot L. Stevens
In 150 years, the Reform Movement has produced a number of prayer books, each reflecting its times but controversial nonetheless. Will the new “people’s prayer book” buck this legacy?


Dear Reader: We Need To Ask
by Eric H. Yoffie
Let us say to the potential converts in our midst, “We would love to have you.” The time has come to heed Rabbi Alexander Schindler’s advice: “We must not forget to ask.”

Cooking: Pickles & the Discovery of America
by Tina Wasserman
The Jewish contribution to pickling and preserving foods; Columbus’ voyages--with pickles--to the New World; and the history of New York City’s first commercial pickle district. Plus: recipes for Middle Eastern Cucumber Pickles, Thai Basil-Jalapeno Pesto, and Italian Marinated Roasted Red Bell Peppers.

Books For Discussion
by Bonny V. Fetterman
The Union for Reform Judaism recommends two Significant Jewish Books per quarter for individuals and book groups, and provides a Study and Discussion Guide for each. The selected books: Badenheim 1939 by Aharon Appelfeld and A Vision of Holiness: The Future of Reform Judaism by Richard N. Levy.

Books Reviews
by Bonny V. Fetterman
Reviews of Talking to the Enemy: Stories by Avner Mandelman; Young Turk: A Novel by Moris Farhi; and The History of Love: A Novel by Nicole Krauss.


Comics4Kids "Dave Danger, Action Kid"
by Arie Kaplan, illustrations by Leela Corman
Episode #4, “The Treasure in the Sand”


Union & You: The 2005-06 Year in Review
by Emily Grotta
A message from Robert M. Heller and Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie; building Reform Jewish identity; a new prayer book; “we are all Jews of New Orleans”; creating strong communities; teaching teachers; k’lal yisrael ; and more.

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