In grappling with race, Jewish schools rethink approach to Jews of color

Eric Berger, JTA, 05/09/2019

“The goal is to broaden our narrative, and broaden our vision and understanding.”

Three Things the Jewish Community Can Do Better, According to a Mixed-Race Jewish Professional

Ruth Abusch-Magder, Jewish&, 05/23/2018

Tema Smith’s own experiences as a mixed race person shape her vision as a Jewish professional.

New Multicultural Hanukkah Holiday Book #WeNeedDiverseBooks

Ruth Abusch-Magder, Jewish&, 11/15/2017

White Ashkenazi author writes Indian Jewish children's book that reflects the changing Jewish world.

Four Steps For Changing Your Life in the New Year

Ruth Abusch-Magder, Jewish&, 09/05/2017

A change expert and rabbi-to-be offers advice on how to make change happen.

“Selma” A Jewish Take

Ruth Abusch- Magder, Jewish&, 01/08/2015

Telling the story of a movement set in the context of 200 years of history, in 127 minutes means that inevitably some of the lines between history and myth will be blurred. But do not underestimate the power in the cinemagraphic telling of history. Color returns dimensionality to images that we know only in shades of black and white. Camera angles bring out the intimacies and tensions that go into the small moments that make up epic events. In the rabbinic tradition we call filling in of the official narrative, midrash, or interpretation. And midrash is one of most powerful tools we have to teach us about the past, remind us of our values and focus our actions for the future.

Finding Jewish Camelot

Rabbi Ruth Abusch- Magder, Jewish&, 10/05/2014

I’ve been blessed over the years to have many temporary Jewish spaces that capture the expansive, inclusive, joyful feeling that Sukkot is meant to inspire but one that has gained particular meaning for me in the last few years is the Be’chol Lashon Family Camp.

The Sultan's Curse

Rabbi Ruth Abusch- Magder, Jewish&, 11/26/2013

Beyond Latkes: Hanukkah Around the World

Rabbi Ruth Abusch- Magder, Jewish&, 11/21/2013

Hanukkah is observed with joy and celebration in Jewish communities around the world. There are 8 nights of lights and blessings the world over but there are also many ways different communities make the holiday uniquely their own.

Praying with My Feet Because #BlackLivesMatter

Ruth Abusch Magder, My Jewish Learning, 08/18/2015

What was it like to walk in the wilderness from Egypt to the Promised Land? In my own life and in my rabbinate, I often draw on the story of journey from Egypt to the land of Israel. But usually it is a metaphor. This past week, it became much more tangible, literally embodied.

'Give Peace A Chance?'

Elicia Brown, The Jewish Week, 09/09/2014

Independent Sunday school serves growing demographic

Jessica C. Kraft, J Weekly, 07/24/2014

Enjoying the hidden taste of purim-all year

Robert Gluck, JNS, 02/17/2013

Rabbis as Change Agents

Rabbi Rebecca W. Sirbu, E Jewish Philanthropy, 12/17/2012

Inspiration for the Sixth Night: A Mexican Hanukkah

Rabbi Ruth Abusch-Magder, Kveller, 12/10/2012