Miriam Grossman, a 2009-2010 AVODAH alum, now works as the Educational Programs Coordinator for the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs in Chicago on the Judaism and Urban Poverty (JUP) program. In her role, she will be challenging young people to think about the causes and potential responses to poverty, and Jewish approaches to alleviating poverty. Here is her take on how to make Yom Kippur more meaningful:
This weekend Jewish people will gather to worship and reflect in synagogues across the globe. For many, the process of introspection and fasting which constitutes Yom Kippur is a deeply fulfilling ritual that charges the body and spirit for the coming year.
But in all honesty, this revitalization and sense of connection does not always come easily or even at all. How can we, as deeply engaged and progressive Jewish communities, rethink Yom Kippur to create an experience that is even more relevant to our lives and our work? Continue reading