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The Leopard In Our Sanctuary: a Yom Kippur Sermon from Rabbi Jonah Pesner

Rabbi Jonah Pesner, a JOIN for Justice board member and the Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, delivered this sermon at Temple Israel on Yom Kippur in 2004. The words remain a powerful and timely call to … Read More

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Lessons for Rosh Hashannah From My 6-Year-Old’s Swimming Lessons

A Rosh Hashannah greeting from our Executive Director, Karla Van Praag.   Remember the breaststroke? Glide. Pull. Kick. Breathe. My six-year-old daughter learned it this summer. Well, sort of. She’s got all of the components down, but she keeps taking … Read More

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Grappling With the Intersections Between Racism and Anti-Semitism

Two weeks ago, 35 young Jewish leaders came together for a powerful workshop exploring the Intersections of Racism and Anti-Semitism. Organized by JOIN’s Alumni Steering Committee, and co-led by Cherie Brown of the National Coalition Building Institute and Dove Kent … Read More

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I Am Jewish and Black Lives Matter

Rabbi Stephanie Kolin, co-founder of the Seminary Leadership Project and JOIN for Justice Board member, published this powerful call to action in the Huffington Post last week. Read the full post here.   On a recent cross-country drive, I stood … Read More

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Making Time For Story: Words of Wisdom From Rabbi Dara Frimmer

Rabbi Dara Frimmer was a member of our Seminary Leadership Project’s very first cohort of rabbinical students to be trained in community organizing.  She is now an inspiring rabbi and community organizer at Temple Isaiah and a member of JOIN’s Clergy Fellowship … Read More

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