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FOCUS: SHANDA



The Disgrace of
a Nice Jewish Girl
My father believed that intermarriage was a shanda. I hoped to prove him wrong.
by Annette Powers 

What Will the Neighbors Say?! 
How society has changed what it deems a disgrace, and how to break the cycle of unjustified shame.
 
a conversation with Edythe Mencher and Dale Atkins

 

My Secret Siblings
Packing up my mother's apartment after her death, I finally found the answers I'd yearned for.

by Marlene Myerson

My Marital Masquerade
My husband was committing crimes to feed his drug addiction. I feared public humiliation.
by Anonymous


JEWISH LIFE 
 
Holidays: What Do You Know...about Chanukah Music?
8 questions, answers—& links to the music.
by Jayson Rodovsky
and Rachel Wetstein




Youth Engagement: Launching the B'nai Mitzvah Revolution
Why we need a b'nai mitzvah revolution—and what such a revolution will encompass.
a conversation with Bradley Solmsen and Isa Aron

Books: An Insider's Guide to the Jewish Conversation
Judaism is a "conversation"— and these are the essential texts Jewish conversationalists should know. 
interview with Lawrence A. Hoffman


Judaica: Jewish Antiques Appraisal Show
Appraising an unusual menorah with griffon (dog breed) heads on each side.
appraisals by Jonathan Greenstein



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Portrait: Kerry Glass
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WINTER '12 COVER STORY
Forum for the Future
by Jonathan Sarna, David Cygielman, Yoav Schlesinger, 
Rebecca Missel, David Gerber, Sarah Lefton, Josh Nelson
Six 20s and 30s say what they need to find their home in the Jewish community, and historian Sarna offers historial context.

New! Browse through the entire issue by clicking on the cover. (To view on an ipad.) 



Forum for the Future: Home Shuling
by David Cygielman
"My generation may not be willing to take on
the established infrastructure."

Forum for the Future: Rebooting Judaism
by Yoav Schlesinger
"Our needs are not met by belonging; they're met
by experiencing."

Forum for the Future: Reviving the Tribe
by Rebecca Missel
"How many times can a young person go to synagogue alone and be ignored?"

Forum for the Future: Knowing Thy Community
by David Gerber
"Young adults want to be around others who
share their passions."

Forum for the Future: Bar(chu) Hopping
by Josh Nelson
"We want prayer experiences in and of the moment."

Forum for the Future: Pitching to Parents
by Sarah Lefton
“Where can parents of a 3-year-old learn
at the same time?"

Forum for the Future:
The Discontinuity of Continuity

by Jonathan Sarna
What history can teach us about engaging
the next generation of Jews. 

Online Exclusive
Forum for the Future: Fitting In
by Kate Bigam
"I'm scared to encounter congregants who see
visiting young adults as fresh meat."

Online Exclusive
Forum for the Future: We Need Welcoming
by Joanna Brinton
"Some of my friends will not attend a Jewish event alone. Facebook can help."


IN THE BEGINNING

Dear Reader: History & Herstory
Women are entitled to equal pay in the workforce and proper healthcare within the military.
by Rick Jacobs



FEATURE STORY



The Sacred Circle of Sisterhood
a conversation with Dolores Kosberg Wilkenfeld, Lynn Magid Lazar, and Dara Amram
Three Women of Reform Judaism of different generations offer insider perspectives on the power and promise of Sisterhood in its first 100 years.

Online Exclusive: Sisterhood Timeline 
One hundred years of National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods and Women of Reform Judaism accomplishments.



Omitted Contents - Winter 2012

Because of copyright infringement and other reasons, the following column which appears in the print version of Reform Judaism Winter 2012 is not available online: “Letters.”

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NEWS & VIEWS
OF REFORM JEWS
 



Feature Story:
Involving Families with
Young Children

How congregations can successfully engage young families. Consider these congregational models and apply expert tips.
by Barbara Pash



Chairman's Perspective:
Pursuing Justice

The URJ's Just Congregations program assists congregations and individuals in fulfilling their commitment to social justice. Here's how.
by Stephen M. Sacks


  Quotable: In Print
Germany bans circumcision...grieving women get justice...Moses' midlife crisis...teens unite for tikkun...strive for belonging, not membership...

  Quotable: The Blogs
Rabbi Rick Jacobs on an encounter with a Haredi woman of a Jerusalem bus...Rabbi Joseph A. Skloot on the stories—not the story—of Chanukah...



  Noteworthy
Muhammed Ali's grandson—a bar mitzvah...Reform Jew Olympics star Aly Raisman...Reform rabbi to open medical marijuana dispensary...



  What Works:
How to Catalyze
Congregational Change

Engaging young professionals & new parents...honoring a rabbi by Gail Aspinwall



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