Holiday

5775 Commentary .Sukkot by Rabbi Noa Kushner
Recognizing that dwelling in the flimsy and temporary structure of the sukkah can inspire us to build a more just and secure world.
5775 Commentary .Rosh Hashanah by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
Waking up to the realization that one act has the power to change the world.
5774 Commentary .Tisha B’Av by Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner
Rediscovering in Tisha B’Av an eternal call to remember oppression and to act to overcome it.
5774 Commentary .Shavuot by Rabba Sara Hurwitz
Waking up and accepting the responsibilities to pursue justice that the Torah requires of us.
5774 Reading .Passover Reading - The Four Children
A Passover reading designed to transform questions into action
5774 Reading .Passover Reading - Freedom from the Plague of Violence
A Passover reading dedicated to ending violence against women and girls worldwide
5774 Commentary .Pesach by Representative Jan Schakowsky
Experiencing Passover and our celebration of freedom as a call to action to free women and girls around the world from violence.
5774 Commentary .Purim by Former Congressman Barney Frank
Drawing inspiration from the Purim story to defend the rights of LGBT people around the world.
5774 Commentary .Chanukah by Rabbi Steve Greenberg
An exploration of Chanukah that encourages us to bring more light into the world by breaking the habits that prevent us from noticing the poor and taking action to reduce poverty and injustice.
5774 Commentary .Sukkot by Rabbi Menachem Creditor
Internalizing the spiritual message of our Sukkot guests to build a world in which all are sheltered and fed.
5774 Commentary .Yom Kippur by Abigail Pogrebin
Making sure that apathy is not our legacy.
5773 Commentary .Shavuot by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin
Celebrating the giving of the Torah and reflecting on its wisdom about relating to refugees.
Reading .Passover Reading 2013
5773 Commentary .Pesach by Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Drawing inspiration from our people’s story of liberation to work for the freedom and empowerment and women and girls around the world.
5773 Commentary .Purim by Nancy K. Kaufman
Reflecting on the feminist role models of Vashti and Esther and contemporary women leaders
Reading .Got Gelt?
A conversation about giving in this season of receiving
5773 Commentary .Chanukah by Dr. Jonathan D. Sarna
Examining the history of Chanukah to help us rededicate ourselves to the causes and issues that matter to us
5773 Commentary .Sukkot by Rabbi David Saperstein
5773 Commentary .Yom Kippur by Dr. Erica Brown
Embodying the prophetic call to recognize and rectify injustice.
5772 Reading .Bringing About a Time of Change
Text Study .Shavuot
Exploring the transition from charity and dependency to dignity and sustainability with a focus on the U.S. food aid system
Reading .Shavuot Supplementary Resource
Exploring the transition from charity and dependency to dignity and sustainability with a focus on the U.S. food aid system
5772 Commentary .Shavuot by Jerry Silverman
As we celebrate the Torah—the foundation of our community, remembering our responsibility to care for the global community.
5772 Commentary .Pesach by Rabbi Ellen Weinberg Dreyfus
Using our historical memory of slavery to connect with those who labor today. Please let me know when it’s posted so that I can send a link to the author.
5772 Commentary .Purim by Richard M. Joel
Reflecting on Purim’s message to partner with God to build a better world
5772 Commentary .Chanukah by Idit Klein
Proclaiming our identities and challenging invisibility
Reading .Thanksgiving Reading 2011
5772 Commentary .Sukkot by Jane Eisner
A commentary on Sukkot by Jane Eisner.
Reading .09.11 Yom Kippur Reading
5772 Commentary .Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur by Rabbi David Wolpe
A commentary on Rosh Hashanah by Rabbi David Wolpe
Reading .High Holiday Prayer Card 2011
Text Study .Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
Studying bounty and scarcity with a focus on Haiti
Reading .Tisha B'Av East Africa Prayer
A prayer for those experiencing famine in East Africa
5771 Commentary .Shavuot by Blu Greenberg
Text Study .Shavuot
Exploring the transition from charity and dependency to dignity and sustainability with a focus on the U.S. food aid system
5771 Commentary .Pesach by Dr. Judith Plaskow
Text Study .Pesach Supplementary Resource
Text Study .Pesach
Reading .Exodus, Freedom and Responsibility
A text-based lesson plan that explores how the Exodus narrative can serve as a model for our own pursuit of justice.
5771 Commentary .Purim by Rabbi Sharon Brous
Exploring the cognitive dissonance between catastrophe and celebration on Purim
5767 Reading .The Four Children: A Passover Reading
The Four Children: A Passover Reading
5768 Reading .Why is this year different from all other years? A Seder Reading to incorporate during the Four Questions
Why is this year different from all other years? A Seder Reading to incorporate during the Four Questions
Text Study .Purim Supplementary Resource
Text Study .Purim
Reading .A Prayer for Sudan
Reading .A Prayer for Haiti
5771 Reading .Chanukah Reading
A kavannah to be read before opening gifts on Chanukah
5771 Commentary .Chanukah by Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg
Using our courage and faith to bring about our own miracles today
Text Study .Chanukah Supplemental Resources
A supplementary resource that explores the fine line between working towards shared global values and imposing cultural values on those we seek to help
Text Study .Chanukah
Using Chanukah to explore the conflicts and tensions that accompany globalization and development