Fifty Year Reflections

Jan 17, 2019 by

In many ways, the Reform movement is quite different today than it was when I was ordained. The Union Prayer Book was used in our...

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The First Time I Was a Rabbi

Jan 16, 2019 by

The first time I was a rabbi happened in a small town in West Virginia. It was not what I had expected. I’m pretty sure it was 1965...

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Reflections on 50 Years in the...

Jan 15, 2019 by

Probably the greatest change in my life was the day Dr. Alvin Reines defined religion in Philosophy class as: “Man’s response to his...

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Planning for CCAR Convention 2...

Jan 10, 2019 by

Initial planning and brainstorming for a CCAR convention begins 18 months prior to a convention, when the convention committee...

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Words into Deeds: The New CCAR...

Mar 21, 2018 by

Rabbi Sally Priesand once said that, “The Central Conference of American Rabbis has been on record since 1922 as being in favor of...

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Listen to This: Israel is Stil...

Mar 21, 2018 by

My wife, Sarah, grew up going to Jewish day school. When I talk about the work I do, she has a very familiar reference point. She has...

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Reflecting at CCAR Convention

Mar 21, 2018 by

Dear colleagues, Having spent the weekend with our 10th graders at the L’taken Social Justice Seminar in Washington, I was overcome...

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#BlogExodus 4 Nisan: The Ones ...

Mar 21, 2018 by

Yesterday morning, Rabbi Aaron Panken, President of Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), the school...

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