Secular Holidays

Secular holidays give us the chance to widen our communities of celebration. We can join with other Americans for prayer, introspection or community service, as we observe holidays that connect us to each other. We can also interpret these holidays in a Jewish context, understanding them in light of the texts and experiences of our people.

Mother's Day Blessing

Rabbi Nathan Martin & Matt Utterback
A Mother's Day ritual in which children share what they most like and appreciate about their mothers.   more
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Inauguration Day

By Rabbi Deborah Glanzberg-Krainin, Ph.D.
I don’t worry about whether or not the incoming president was “my” candidate: on Inauguration Day I always feel the excitement borne of possibility and good will.   more
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Lift Every Voice

by JM Poses
Elections provide us with an opportunity to organize our personal values and community commitments. The act of voting can be a first step toward becoming the engaged citizens we aspire to be.   more
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No One Is Free Until We Are All Free

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. famously said "no one is free until we are all free." This idea, profound in its simplicity, finds company among famous aphorisms in the Jewish textual tradition—the biblical command to "love your neighbor as yourself," and Hillel the Elder's famous principle, "that which is hateful to you do not do to your neighbors.”   more
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The Names We Carry

by Rabbi Roni Handler
Somehow, hearing a list of individuals who’ve been lost brings us together.   more
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