Tu BiShvat is another opportunity to delve deeply into ourselves in search of answers to the questions: What are we leaving as a legacy to repair the world? Which human beings do we want to leave as an example of an evolving species for future generations?
Tu BiShvat begins as the date when taxes, sacrifices and donations on everything that comes from trees are renewed. So we learn in Tractate Rosh Hashanah, in the Mishnah’s legislative code (written in Eretz Israel, in the 1st and 2nd centuries). There was no complex spiritual meaning, but a bureaucratic date. So we continued until the arrival of mysticism in Judaism.
The UJR proudly partnered with the Women of Reform Judaism Midwest District for an amazing program on Jewish Communities of Latin America on Saturday, November 6th.
D-Day is a decisive moment: full of symbolism, it marks the union of many forces that start a journey of connections and support. A turning point.
In an unprecedented initiative, the “Beit Shirá Israeli” music school came to be. A proposal for 12 to 20 year olds, totally free, that opened its doors in August of this year.
About ten years ago, a study group within the Brazilian branch of UJR Latin America set heart on the development of a bold project: the creation of a chumash compatible with the Jewish world as well as the values nurtured by the Reform movement.
The Jewish community is currently experiencing very special times, especially in light of its millenary history. We are the third generation living with sovereign Israel, which has a solid American diaspora and enjoys extraordinary Jewish life freedom– a feat unheard of in seventy generations!
Regarded as the architect of Reform Zionism and of the modern structure of the WUPJ – World Union for Progressive Judaism, the mother institution of the UJR, Union of Reform Judaism Latin America – Rabbi Richard Hirsch, a native of Cleveland, was a tireless advocate of the global Reform Jewish community.
The Sifriá book club was created with the intent of sharing readings, experiences and reflections that may inspire in ourselves a relationship of greater intimacy with Jewish culture, by trying to enrich the way we live our religious belonging.
Elul begins, a very particular month, as there are no festivals or remembrance dates, but it is the month of greatest spiritual labour.