What Would Swami Vivekananda Do in the Era of Trump? Reflections on Tolerance, Intolerance, and Acceptance

Jeffery D. Long   The question of how we ought to feel and act towards those whom we perceive as ‘other’ has become quite urgent in the Trump era.  Are those who are differ from us, whoever ‘we’ happen to be, to be feared and hated for these differences?  Should we be building walls, both … Continue reading What Would Swami Vivekananda Do in the Era of Trump? Reflections on Tolerance, Intolerance, and Acceptance

Presidents and Precedents

Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann                    University Public Worship Stanford University                                                      19 February 2017/23 Shevat 5777 (Genesis 1:26-28; Isaiah 56:1-8; Deuteronomy 16:18-20) I’ve always felt an affinity for Presidents Day, the day honoring Washington’s and Lincoln’s birthdays. My mother shared a birthday with President Abraham Lincoln and my birthday is the day before. From the time I was … Continue reading Presidents and Precedents

In Charlottesville, the Local Jewish Community Presses On

By Alan Zimmerman At Congregation Beth Israel in Charlottesville, VA, we are deeply grateful for the support and prayers of the broader Reform Jewish community. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Heather Heyer and the two Virginia State Police officers, H. Jay Cullen and Berke Bates, who lost their lives on Saturday, … Continue reading In Charlottesville, the Local Jewish Community Presses On

Down the Mountain

Down the Mountain Matthew 17:1-9 Rev. Michael Livingston, Executive Minister, The Riverside Church NYC Princeton University Chapel, February 26, 2017 Lent must be near, the final journey of Jesus to Jerusalem hangs in the air like a fine mist.  It has not yet become the violent storm that will drench the people and events to … Continue reading Down the Mountain