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Guest Column: What Yom Kippur and the Book of Jonah means to me this year

By Mayim Bialik

(JTA) – Yom Kippur. The Day of Atonement. After a year unlike any we could have anticipated, I have been waiting for this day, not for atonement so much as a reset.

Jewish tradition teaches us that our fate for the year ahead is sealed on Yom Kippur – and our Book of Li…

From the Editor: A Rosh Hashanah like no other

By Michael Regenstreif, Editor

With the arrival of Rosh Hashanah on Friday evening, we are completing an old year and beginning a new year in what has, and what continues to be, among the most challenging times that most of us have ever experienced.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the world …

Ideas and Impressions: CNN and Fox News are worlds apart

By Jason Moscovitz

As an avid news watcher, I recently discovered something I should have known a long time ago. To really understand the straight-out insanity in the country to the south of us, it is essential to watch Fox News – the ‘state broadcaster’ for the Donald Trump regime.

Focus on Fitness: Include health and fitness plans in the new year

By Gloria Schwartz

The High Holidays may look and feel different this year given the pandemic, but that does not mean observances and celebrations must cease entirely. Jews around the world are using their creativity and perseverance to find new and still meaningful ways to connect and refl…

From the Pulpit: Kehillat Beth Israel invests in community

By Rabbi Eytan Kenter, Kehillat Beth Israel

The last half-year has been unlike anything most of us have ever experienced. It has changed every one of our lives in significant ways, and the synagogue has been no exception. For five months, worship services happened virtually rather than in…