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“Not Lost in (Cyber-) Space”

Rabbi Galit Levy-Slater, June 2018 Published in Jewish Community Chronicle (Long Beach) My friends and members of my congregation will be the first to tell you that I am “not your grandfather’s rabbi.” I was raised in a family and an environment that gave me an insight into

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UJUC Creates a Bridge

Rabbi Ivan Browner, UJUC Founder writes from Tokyo, Japan In today’s day and age, we as a people find ourselves closer together in so many ways.  Advances in Technology and engineering, allow me to type this blog, and instantly share it with people all over the world at

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Charity Overload

By Rabbi Deborah Reichmann Give now! Crowdfund! It’s my birthday, donate to my fundraiser! Support my cause! We can’t do it without you! Your donation will save a life! It is relentless. It has stopped prodding our consciences. It isn’t even an annoyance anymore, it has

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Dance Partners

Rabbi Diane Rose Those of us who are part of progressive spiritual groups and participate in interfaith activities often speak of the belief that all religions are here to serve the same purpose in different ways. Whether we are Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Hindu… aren’t we

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Transforming Fate Into Destiny

May 17, 2017 Rabbi Dina London Recently, I attended a performance at the Goodman Theater in Chicago called “Destiny of Desire,” a take on the Spanish soap opera. The playwright, Karen Zacarias, was quoted in the playbill as saying, “Destiny is different from fate. 

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Purim: A Chance to Let Loose

February 23, 2017| by Rabbi Linda Goldberg Purim comes not a moment too soon, March 11-12, this year. While I always look forward to its approach as a sign that winter is nearly past, this year observing Purim seems especially relevant. It offers a fine occasion to remember

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Finding Unity in Faith

By Rabbi Diane Rose | November 10, 2016 Whether you wore a hat with an H or one that ordered you to make America great again, Whether you are pro-choice or pro-life, Whether you live in rural Texas or urban Los Angeles, There is one thing we can all agree on… This country is

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Significant Other

By Rabbi Steve Blane | September 21, 2016 Jewish Universalism is not a finite concept. Yes, we have a mission and we have doctrines.  At present, we have fourteen rabbis around the world who represent our ideas and principals. But we are not an island. We do not stand

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Argue with the Torah!

By Rabbi Diane Rose | August 22, 2016 Reprinted with permission from coolshul.org Sometimes it’s hard being Jewish, and even more difficult being a teacher of Judaism. What do I tell my Bar and Bat-Mitzvah students when we read in their Torah portions that the God we pray to

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Summer Change

By Rabbi Galit Levy-Slater | August 7, 2016 A visitor recent attending my services asked, “You’re very new. What are you, Reform?” The answer I gave him, “We are Universalist,” gave him pause, so I continued, “We do not believe in ‘labels’.” My Jewish education has been as

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Just Say… Yes!

By Rabbi Diane Rose | July 1, 2016 Reprinted with permission from coolshul.org Yesterday I became a Rabbi. Okay, that’s totally not true. I actually became a Rabbi nearly 6 months ago.  But I haven’t felt like a Rabbi.  Not for even one minute. “Didn’t you start

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Words of Torah

By Rabbi Em Mueller | June 28, 2016 Reprinted with permission from rabbiem.com Sim Shalom On-line Synagogue Sh’lach l’cha: Numbers 13:1-16:41 In this Torah portion, scouts go into the land that God promised to our ancestors. The Israelites have been at Mount Sinai; they’ve

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The Feminist Torah

by Rabbi Diane Rose | June 19, 2016 There is so much going on this week in Parshat Nasso, it’s hard to even know where to begin.  So, I’m going to focus on 3 elements that I am going to attempt to tie together in the name of feminism.  Now, This is

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Little Grains of Sand

by Rabbi Nancy Tunick | June 9, 2016 It’s almost summer, and we have a couple of beach trips planned. The first thing my kids want to do when they get to the beach is build sand castles. There are a couple of different varieties. Louis likes to use the bucket molds where you

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How Good It Is

By Rabbi Judy Ginsburgh | June 5, 2016 As presented at the PRIDE worship Celebration on June 5, 2016 at City Hall in Alexandria, Louisiana. Hine Ma Tov uma naim Shevet achim gam yachad How good it is that we gather All together peacefully. How good it is that we share That

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Are We Home Yet?

https://coolshul.org/2016/05/31/are-we-home-yet/?fb_action_ids=10209324697025583&fb_action_types=news.publishes By Rabbi Diane Rose| May 31, 2016 Reprinted with permission from coolshul.org Close your eyes… Oh, wait.  If you close your eyes you won’t be able to

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