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We’ve Moved…Come Visit Our New Site



The Union for Reform Judaism recently launched URJ.org, a terrific new website. In addition to all the great blog posts that previously lived here on RJ.org, the new site is full of news, information, and blog posts about all facets of congregational life — and how you can enrich and strengthen your own synagogue. The […]

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URJ Calls for an Immediate End to Violent Attacks in Israel



In a press release issued today, URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs issued the following statement: The growing number of violent attacks on Jews and Jewish sites in Israel must end. Continuing on this course puts Palestinians and Israelis on the precipice of a conflagration that will end only with greater bloodshed. Today’s arson desecrating Joseph’s […]

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This Month in the Tent: A One-Stop Source of Ideas and Information for Congregational Life



With the High Holidays behind us, congregational programming is in full swing – and so is activity in The Tent, the URJ’s online communication and collaboration forum. Here’s a sample of the many interesting and engaging topics congregational leaders are chatting about in The Tent: In what ways does your congregation reach out to members […]

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Tikkun Olam at the URJ Biennial



The URJ Biennial 2015 has been designed to present content in new and innovative ways, and we’re proud to share that the Religious Action Center of Judaism has coordinated the tikkun olam track – an outstanding series of more than 30 social justice workshops! Join us throughout the course of the Biennial as we learn […]

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Download the Free URJ Biennial 2015 App for Easy Scheduling!



It’s here, it’s here! The URJ Biennial 2015 app launched this week in the AppStore and on Google Play. Download it to your smartphone or tablet, then log in using your registration confirmation. Once the app has downloaded to your device, access all the personalized features by logging in with your name and your Biennial […]

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Israel’s Latest Terror Wave: The Global Reform Movement Responds



A rash of stabbings and other terror attacks on Israeli citizens have increased alarmingly over the past few days. The World Union for Progressive Judaism, proudly headquartered in Jerusalem, condemns these acts. The cruelty of those who attack innocent civilians and children on their way home from school seems to know no limit. The WUPJ mourns […]

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Which Intensive Programming Tracks Will You Choose at the URJ Biennial?



Whether you’re a URJ Biennial veteran or this will be your first time attending, we can’t wait to see you in Orlando this November! Together, we’ll experience the best and biggest Reform Jewish gathering ever – the rousing song sessions, joyous Shabbat worship, incredible ruach, inspiring entertainment and musical performances, occasions to network with Reform […]

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URJ President Responds to Announcement By Palestinian Authority President



President Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the URJ, released the following response to Wednesday’s announcement by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas: We are deeply disappointed by yesterday’s announcement from Palestinian Authority President Abbas that the PA will no longer abide by the terms of the Oslo Accord. For more than two decades, the Accords have […]

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URJ Statement on Anti-Muslim Rhetoric in the Current Political Discourse



Celebrating the constitutional commitment to religious liberty for all, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the URJ, released the following statement today: On behalf of the Union for Reform Judaism, I am honored to wish our Muslim brothers and sisters a blessed Eid al-Adha. This holy celebration, so central to the Islamic faith, falls this year […]

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This Month in The Tent: Policies and Ideas for Your Congregation



As 5776 gets into gear, congregational leaders are asking lots of terrific questions in The Tent, the URJ’s online communication and collaboration forum. In response, those leaders with relevant experiences, practical information, and useful suggestions are sharing their expertise. These topics, in particular, are fueling interesting dialogue:

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This Month in The Tent: Resources for the High Holidays and Beyond



With Tishah B’Av behind us, Elul and Rosh HaShanah can’t be far off! As congregations gear up for the start of 5776 and a new year of activities, programming, and policies and procedures, these conversations in The Tent, the URJ’s online communication and collaboration forum, may prove particularly helpful in planning for the High Holiday […]

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This Month in The Tent: No Summer Slowdown Here!



Much of the world slows down during the summer, and even synagogues aren’t the hustling, bustling places they typically are during the rest of the year. Nonetheless, conversations continue unabated in The Tent, the URJ’s online communication and collaboration forum. Many of the current discussions focus on planning for 5776, with these conversations proving especially […]

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Reform Jewish Movement Responds to Proposed Nuclear Agreement with Iran



In response to today’s announcement by the P5+1 and Iran, leaders of the Reform Jewish Movement issued the following statement: This morning, after extensive negotiations conducted under intense international scrutiny, P5+1 negotiators, led by Secretary of State John Kerry, announced that they have reached an agreement with Iran over that country’s nuclear program. We in […]

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Announcing the Hire of April Baskin, URJ Vice President of Audacious Hospitality



Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, announced today that April Baskin will join the URJ’s executive leadership team as Vice President of Audacious Hospitality. Baskin’s role is crucial to the ongoing implementation of the URJ’s strategic 2020 Vision plan, and the final staffing decision within a realignment of executive roles that is […]

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