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Lighting candles, drinking wine and eating challah bread are home-based practices for the beginning of the Jewish Sabbath. Many American Jews, especially millennials, are rejecting institutional religion and instead are seeking guidance in practicing Jewish traditions. Bigstock / Photo by Ungvar

Barak Richman and Daniel Libenson: What is the role of the 21st-century rabbi?

The decline in religiosity among American Jews should prompt a reappraisal of how religious leaders are trained and deployed in Jewish institutions, say an academic and a practitioner.

Authors Dori Baker, first row, second from right, and Tobin Belzer, top row, far right, with the young adults trained as "holy listeners" who interviewed their peers as part of an initiative to attract young adults to church. Photo courtesy of Dori Baker

Dori Baker and Tobin Belzer: Holy listening helps connect young adults

Sharing stories -- and listening deeply to one another -- is at the heart of a new research initiative that seeks to help churches launch ministries to attract young adults.

Gold Star widow Claudia Perez creates and serves free meals for military families at the monthly Work Day and Fun Day events at Rick's Place near Fort Bragg. It's one of the many ways the organization gives military families a break from the stresses of reintegration. Photos courtesy of Rick's Place.

Rick's Place offers military families a place to gather for community and fun

The stresses of combat and frequent deployments take a toll on military families. A special park near a base in North Carolina -- supported by churches -- offers a new model to ease the transition from war to peacetime life.

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