A Life of Meaning: Embracing Reform Judaism’s Sacred Path is Now Available for Pre-Orders


A book Rabbi Lisa contributed to, A Life of Meaning: Embracing Reform Judaism’s Sacred Path, is now available for purchase! Rabbi Lisa wrote a whole chapter in this book. This volume offers readers a thought-provoking collection of essays by rabbis, cantors, and other scholars who differ, sometimes passionately, over religious practice, experience, and belief. Its goal is to situate Judaism in a contemporary context, and it is uniquely suited for community discussion, as well as study groups.

Reform Judaism is constantly evolving as we continue to seek a faith that is in harmony with our beliefs and experiences.  Click here to purchase the book

Rabbi Lisa’s chapter is about life cycle rituals: Tradition! Transition! How Reform Jews Ritualize Life Transitions. Whether the change is within — becoming a parent or spouse or Jew or different gender — or less internal — welcoming another’s new baby into the world or helping bring another’s life to a close (a body laid to rest, a life tenderly remembered) – ritual during significant life moments can bring participants closer to each other and to their sense of a presence of God.


New York, NY – November 20, 2017 – The CCAR Press, a division of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, has announced the release of its newest publication, A Life of Meaning: Embracing Reform Judaism’s Sacred Path, edited by Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan, PhD. The book is an anthology of essays by rabbis, scholars, and community leaders who explore the varied interpretations in the Reform Movement on religious practice, experience, and belief.

Reform Judaism is a dynamic, constantly evolving movement whose leaders are passionate, forward thinking, and diverse,” said Rabbi Hara Person, publisher of the CCAR Press. “That’s why I’m so pleased to publish this collection of essays that expresses the variety of viewpoints and expression seen in Reform Judaism today.”

Topics of discussion in the book range from our beliefs in God, the values we hold most dear, how we practice, how we express our spirituality, and why we make the choices we do to an exploration of our interfaith and multiracial communities, economic and environmental justice, and the importance of the Reform Movement to the Jewish future. A Life of Meaning includes more than 50 contributors whose thoughts and beliefs represent a diverse collection of perspectives within the Reform Movement, such as Rabbi Gilad Kariv, PhD, Michael A. Meyer, PhD, Rabbi Rachel S. Mikva, PhD, Rabbi Rachel Timoner, and Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie, among many others.

“We thought the best approach would be to bring together a large number of writers to address the question of what is important about Reform Judaism for people today,” said Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan, editor of A Life of Meaning. “Coming from a variety of perspectives, our writers consider the most important parts of progressive Judaism, to help us all embrace a distinctively Jewish way of life.”


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