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FOCUS
THE AFRICAN
CONNECTION

The Road to Redemption
by Josh Ruxin

The Bat Mitzvah
Project that Could

by Lilly Glairon

No Regret
by Selma Burley

Brewing Up Peace
by Carolyn Slutsky


Brewing Up Peace

RJ Online Exclusive:
Tikkun Olam
in Uganda
 
by Judy Priven
 

IN THE BEGINNING

Rabbi Eric H. YoffieDear Reader:
Do Not Abandon Shivah

by Eric H. Yoffie

JEWISH LIFE

Jewish Journeys:
The Questioner's
Quest

by Faithann Brown

Books: Reviews
by Bonny V. Fetterman

Books: Significant
Jewish Books
for Discussion

by Bonny V. Fetterman

Margot SingerFiction Prize:
Introducing
Margot Singer

Morality:
The Duty to Disobey

An interview with
Harold M. Schulweis

Cooking:
Cinnamon &
Orange-Blossom
Seders

by Tina D. Wasserman 

RJ magazineSPRING '09 COVER STORY
Giving Back
A bat mitzvah, a college student, a professor, a retired teacher—all drawn to Africa to engage in tikkun olam, the repair of the world. In this issue we tell the stories of Reform Jews who have made a difference in the lives of people in Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, and Ghana and been transformed in the process. See the stories in Focus: The African Connection (left column).


FEATURE STORIES

Partners in Power

President Obama

Partners in Power
by Daniel David May
Reform congregants throughout America are engaged in a radical rethinking of social action—community organizing—using the same community organizing model that propelled President Barack Obama to victory.
What We Can Expect from a Community Organizer President
by Jonah Pesner
Understanding the importance of empowering a broad constituency to fight for change, President Obama will likely take on health care and the economic crisis in the same way.


 

 

God's Hidden Name Revealed
by Mark Sameth
What if the secret Name of God has been hiding in plain sight for thousands of years? RJ Online ExclusiveDiscussion Guide: "God Outside the Box"
The 11th Plague
by Edythe Held Mencher
More can go wrong at your seder than sinking matzah balls. Taking the time to figure out the particular needs of your guests can make Passover the joyful occasion you wish it to be.

A Passover to Remember

A Long Way from Yokosuka
by Mike Rankin
On a U.S. Naval base in Japan, a 5-year-old boy named David Horoshi Cohen chants the 4 questions in 3 languages...
  The Night Elijah Came
to Temple

by Leigh Lerner
On a cold Minnesota night, a man appears and a rabbi knows that Elijah has arrived...


In Search of the Synagogue, Part V
A conversation with Professor Lee Levine on the roles women played in the synagogues of antiquity (3rd century C.E. – 7th century C.E.)

Lee Levine



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SECOND-EVER
NEWS AND VIEWS
OF REFORM JEWS
 

News and Views of Reform Jews

Chairman's Perspective:
Show You Care

by Peter Weidhorn

Action: Blueprints for Green Living
by Jane Herman
Green Living

debatable

Debatable: Is Cremation an Acceptable Practice for Reform Jews?
YES by Samuel M. Stahl
NO by Arnold S. Gluck

Reform Responsa:
Cremation of a Parent

by Mark Warshofsky

Rethinking:
When Misheberach
Isn't Enough

by Julie Pelc

 Happenings
For youth and for adults, April - August, 2009

 What Works
School kits for needy kids designed by Jonathan Freeman

 Quotable
On the Agriprocessors scandal, Judaism and Islam...

 Noteworthy
Temple tips for tough times, new URJ sports specialty camp...

 Best of the Blogs
On money and morality, caring for the mourner...

 In Memory 
Toby Kurzand, esteemed educator, 1909-2008

Union for Reform Judaism.