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Jewish travel in Berlin Germany

Travel: Berlin —
The Home I
Never Imagined

The nuances of living now in the land my parents fled in the 1930s.
by Ruth H. Sohn

When You're Connected,
You Give

A comprehensive study of Jewish giving suggests new ways of approaching Jewish philanthropy.
interview with Shawn Landres


Yizkor: Remembering
Through Forgetting
Neuroscience offers a scientific rationale for our inward memorializing.
by Shoshana Boyd Gelfand

At Home with the Homeless

Inner Life:
At Home with
the Homeless

Listening to the voice that tells me to give my tiny offering to help those who need it.
by Deborah Solomon Baker

Through the Lens:
Shave for the Brave

Photo: Reform rabbis with shaven heads raise funds for pediatric cancer research.

Scott D. Reich
My impetus to give back, and how to engage 20s and 30s Jews like me.

Jewish Journeys

Jewish Journeys:
The Education of
a Confirmed Scoffer
How this sheltered religious skeptic found his way to Judaism.
by Wesley Hopper

Judaica: Jewish Antiques
Appraisal Show

Appraising a tapestry of Theodor Herzl at the First Zionist Congress.
by Jonathan Greenstein

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Teen Talk:
My Hero Mack

Finding my role model on a Mitzvah Corps of the South trip to New Orleans.
by Carlin Coffey


Jewish Thought:
The Secular Jew Who
Transformed Judaism

How Baruch Spinoza’s ideas profoundly impacted Jewish thought and belief.
by Barry L. Schwartz

The Peer Effect

What—finally—got my 20-something kids interested in being Jewish.
by Ned Porges

Education: What
Do You Know...
about Burial & Shiva?
10 questions and answers about Jewish burial and mourning rituals.
by Susan Esther Barnes

RJ magazine Summer 2014 SUMMER '14 COVER STORY
Jews & Tattoos
Some Reform Jews express their Judaism by inking their bodies; others make Jewish decisions not to be tattooed. The tradition is surprisingly nuanced on the matter. See the individual tattoo stories below.

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Building Bridges
by Marshal Klaven
I’m a rabbi who shows my love of Judaism on my skin.

Being Heard

Being Heard
by Nick May
My tattoo reminds me: Don’t be afraid to speak up.

Honoring My Grandfather
by Joseph Metz
I have my grandfather's Holocaust number tattooed on my arm. My paternal grandfather was my role model. What was done to him in hate, I do in love.

Showing Who I Am
by Amber Thompson
I'm a mom with two kids I adore. Having their names tattooed on my arms shows them how much I love them, and shows the world what matters most in my life.

Why I'm Not Tattooed
by Miriam Hopper & Missy Goldstein
Miriam Hopper: Jewish tradition teaches us that the body is sacred. There would have to be a good reason for me to alter the body I was given.

Missy Goldstein: I think of myself as so much more than any tattoo could say about me. To me, having a tattoo would be too defining.

The Biblical Body as Canvas
interview with Nili S. Fox
Except for one biblical source, in the Book of Leviticus, tattooing otherwise appears to be presented in the Bible in a positive light.

Web Exclusive
Tattoos: The Last Step in My Journey to Wholeness
by Jane E. Herman
After having a bilateral prophylactic mastectomy, I got nipple and areola tattoos as the final step in the reconstruction of my breasts. Every day, they remind me of the strength and courage it took for me to change my life’s course to ensure that my genetics would not dictate my destiny.


Dear Reader: NFTY's Diamond Jubilee
Our Movement is strong because youth of yesterday and today have seen visions. And with God’s and your help, may an ever-growing number of young people imagine and pave the way for 75 strong years to come.
by Rick Jacobs


Action: Welcoming People with Disabilities
by Renee Ghert-Zand
Congregations and experts offer time-tested guidance on making temple communities fully inclusive of people with disabilities.

Chairman's Perspective: Celebrating Israel
by Stephen M. Sacks
Recognizing the Reform Movement’s incredible success story on the ground in Israel.

A Torah’s Journey for Pluralism…Large Print Prayer Book…Journal of Youth Engagement…Young Composer’s Award Winner…Intensive Training for Teens…

What Works:
Caregiver's Day Out: a congregation's twice monthly program is a win-win for caregivers, those in need of care, and volunteers alike.

A Vision in Verse: A congregational community co-creates a poem in celebration of its new home and vision for the future.

Yom Kippur in the Woods: What happens when a congregational community decides to spend the holiest day of the year in nature, as our ancestors did.


A Leader’s Guide
to Change

The most effective approaches to generate and sustain organizational change.
interview with Ronald Heifetz

Values-Driven Change
A rabbi reflects on the values underlying B’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim’s revival.  
by Karyn Kedar

Creating a
Healthy Congregation

Lessons learned from 20 years on the frontlines of synagogue transformation.
interview with Ron Wolfson

Teaching Torah
by the Trail Mix
Opening up Judaism to the public in Whole Foods, ball fields, bookstores, beaches, homes, and more.
by Dan Moskovitz

10 Ways To Expand
Your Temple’s Reach

Congregational Public Space Judaism initiatives that can work for you.
by Kerry M. Olitzky

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Omitted Contents - 
Summer 2014

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