Mino Lora: Governing Through a Social Justice Lens

The political landscape has changed dramatically in New York since Trump was elected. Many voters realized that they had not only become complacent but asleep at the switch.

Lilly Rivlin: Artist as Truth Seeker

Every era has its moments that are written and evaluated by “historians.” Creatives capture those same events through the prism of nuance, drama, and emotion. Lilly Rivlin, now 84, is one such artist. A contemporary of pioneering feminists, she was on the ground to document their contributions to the upheaval of the 1970s, when women […]

Other Israel Film Festival: Review Series

I was able to see a majority of the films. More than a few gave me sleepless nights. There were threads connecting the different movies. In this series, they will be grouped within that context.

January 6, 2021: We Are Part of the Other

My personal anxiety had started in November 2016, on Veterans Day. It was just a week after the Election. In reaction to Trump’s win, I had opined on how his administration would portend for American Jews. “We are part of the other,” I warned.

Reform Jewish Clergy Needs to Lead the Way on Palestinian Human Rights

During the month of Elul, in preparation for Rosh Hashanah, it is tradition to take stock of where we stand as individuals and communities in the moral universe. It is with pride that Reform congregations around the country have engaged in social justice actions. This includes efforts on prison reform, food insecurity, immigration, and LGBTQ […]

“Mayor” – A View from Ramallah

Ramallah, a historically Christian city, serves as the seat of the Palestinian government. It is at the epicenter of Palestinian commerce and culture. It is also ringed by Israeli settlements.

“Hope Gap” — A Marriage Crumbles

The narrative is “inspired” by writer and director William Nicholson’s experience with the end of his parents’ marriage.

Covid-19 Takes Extreme Toll on Latinx Community

“How do we build an America that’s ready for the next pandemic? Frontline communities have always known about the lack of access to healthcare and housing. We’ve tried to raise the alarm about these challenges. The response has not been acceptable.”

The Mindfulness Movement: Promoting Social Change

Jon Kabat-Zinn qualifies mindfulness as: “The actuality of things as they are; not as I would want them to be.”

Carrie Fisher’s Turbulent Journey

It is true that Carrie navigated her ordeals within the confines of extreme privilege and Hollywood glamour, unlike the average person. Yet, the essence of her evolution and aspects of her struggles will be easily recognized to other women — especially of her generation.