Susan Esther Barnes. “Is there a traditional prayer to say upon entering a synagogue?” & 9 other questions and answers about synagogue ritual objects and practices. Summer 2013.
An RJ-ARZA collaboration. A guide to all 40 IMPJ congregations, with worship and contact information and a color-coded Visitor’s Map of every community. Part of RJ Insider’s Guide to Israel Travel. Summer 2013.
Josh Nelson. “We want prayer experiences in and of the moment—ones without an alternative agenda or expectation of our doing or giving.” Part of Cover Story: Forum for the Future, in which six 20s and 30s say what they need to find their home in the Jewish community. Winter 2012.
Sarah Lefton. “As parents of a 3-year-old, there isn’t a place where my husband and I can learn in a serious way at the same time.” Part of Cover Story: Forum for the Future, in which six 20s and 30s say what they need to find their home in the Jewish community. Winter 2012.
Suzanne Singer. The evolution of a rabbi who once likened bowing and kissing the Torah scroll to idolatry. Fall 2012.
Janet Alyn. Lynn Stahl’s inclusive prayer at a community-wide function embraced every member of her audience; how to follow her example. Winter 2011.
Charles R. Krivcher. Personal reflection of a High Holy Day encounter with a mirror that led to an epiphany regarding the author’s relationship with God and personal responsibility in prayer. Fall 2011.
Melanie Goldish. The story of how Debbie Friedman supported the author's young son Travis, who was being treated for cancer, and Travis' brother too. Part of Tribute: Music Legend Debbie Friedman. Spring 2011.
Alane S. Katzew. Debbie Friedman's four masterful skills that allowed her to transform a group of strangers into a sacred community. Part of Tribute: Music Legend Debbie Friedman. Spring 2011.
Daniel Freelander. Reflections on Debbie Friedman's influence in the Reform Movement. Part of Tribute: Music Legend Debbie Friedman. Spring 2011.
A conversation with Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman. A behind-the-scenes look at the making of Mishkan T'filah-A Reform Siddur, the first Reform Movement prayer book authored by Reform Jews as well as rabbis. Summer 2006
Rabbi Elliot L. Stevens. The controversies sparked by the Reform prayer books produced in the Movement's 150-year history. Summer 2006.
Beth Gilbert. Showcases five Reform synagogues with innovative, alternative approaches to worship, such as "Shabbat Unplugged" at Congregation Emanuel in Denver, a completely "musical service comprised of an exciting mix of keyboard, guitar, bass, all kinds of percussion, and vocals." Winter 2002.
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie. In response to the prevalence of predictable prayer services in Reform congregations, the URJ president proposes a new Reform Movement worship and ritual revolution based on a three-way partnership between rabbis, cantors, and congregants?complete with resources for congregations that wish to get started. Spring 2000.
Rabbi Janet R. Marder. What we can learn from four congregations that enjoy powerful, Jewishly authentic, and fulfilling worship services. Spring 1997.
Adam Fisher. "We should not let the siddur act as a barrier between us and effective prayer; it should help us become closer to God." The author discusses successful approaches to prayer. Fall 1996.
Rabbi Bernard M. Zlotowitz. In the biblical and rabbinic periods, God was viewed as being directly involved in human matters; modern thinkers believe God's power is limited by the laws of nature which he created. The author discusses ways we can make prayer work within our modern worldview. Summer 1992.