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URJ Continues Disaster Relief Funding



This week, the Union for Reform Judaism disbursed its second round of disaster relief funding to support rebuilding efforts following Typhoon Haiyan. To date, the URJ has released nearly $250,000 for the relief efforts, and we continue to partner with both North America and Philippines-based NGOs to support the most critical needs related to the […]

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Bringing Nothing But Nets Back to Campus



This past weekend the Religious Action Center and Nothing But Nets welcomed our Malaria Fellows to Washington, D.C., for a two-day retreat. Our only in-person gathering of the program, the retreat provided the Fellows with a chance to get to know one another and our organizations, which they’ll be representing in front of tens of […]

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Reform Movement Allocates $125k for Typhoon Haiyan Relief Efforts



On November 7-8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan, the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane, made landfall in the Philippines. The storm came on the heels of an October earthquake that had affected more than 3 million people and disrupted life for more than 14 million Filipinos (nearly 15% of the total population). According to UNICEF, nearly […]

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Help the URJ Help Victims of Typhoon Haiyan



In the early morning hours of November 9, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines. The equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane, the storm displaced hundreds of thousands of people throughout the Philippines, Southeast Asia, and the region’s Pacific Islands. Initial accounts indicate that as many as 10,000 lives have been lost, and authorities […]

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Hurricane Sandy and the Reform Movement, One Year Later



A year ago this week, on October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy made landfall over the Jersey Shore. The stories from those days will not easily be forgotten: coastal communities flooded with record high tides, lower Manhattan in a prolonged blackout, more than $60 billion in damage in an area stretching from Maryland to Massachusetts. For […]

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10 Ways the Reform Movement is Supporting Post-Sandy Relief Efforts



In the six months since Superstorm Sandy devastated coastal communities in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, the Reform Jewish community has rallied to support the rebuilding effort, our synagogues, and the millions of people who were – and continue to be – impacted by the storm. Although much of the Reform Movement’s work has […]

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Malaria: The Modern Plague



You’ve probably heard a lot about plagues over the past few days, but I hope you’ll take three minutes to learn about a very real one facing half of the world’s population today. (If you don’t have three minutes, click here.) Six years ago the Reform Movement formalized our support of and partnership with Nothing […]

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Doing Right, Even After the Festival of Lights



When most people think of Hanukkah, the first things that come to mind have absolutely nothing to do with social justice. Let’s be honest, our priorities rest with sufganiyot, latkes, and dreidels for the Festival of Light. (And that’s OK, although your doctor might disagree!) Regardless of how we choose to celebrate Hanukkah, there remains […]

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Hurricane Sandy: Our Fourth Post-Storm Update



The Union for Reform Judaism’s Hurricane Relief Fund has now collected nearly $464,000 for hurricane relief and has disbursed more than $100,000. The URJ’s Congregational Network Staff has been reaching out to all congregations affected by the storm and advising congregational leaders on how to best help individual congregants and continue providing services to congregants. […]

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URJ Hurricane Relief Update #3



The Union for Reform Judaism’s Hurricane Relief Fund has now collected $447,500 for hurricane relief and has disbursed more than $100,000. The URJ’s Congregational Network Staff has been reaching out to all congregations affected by the storm and advising congregational leaders on how to best help individual congregants and continue providing services to congregants. The […]

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Hurricane Sandy: A URJ Relief Update



This is our second update about the Reform Movement’s response to the devastating impact of Hurricane Sandy. To learn more or to read the previous update, visit the URJ’s Hurricane Relief page. The Union for Reform Judaism’s Hurricane Relief Fund has now collected $326,000 for Hurricane Relief, including recent donations of $18,000 from the National […]

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URJ Hurricane Sandy Relief Update



We want to provide an update about the Reform Movement’s response to the devastating impact of Hurricane Sandy. As we hope you know, the Union for Reform Judaism has activated our Hurricane Relief Fund, which is providing direct funding to: congregants who are suffering short or long-term loss of food, shelter or clothing; general and […]

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Reform Movement Partners with NECHAMA on Hurricane Relief Efforts



While Hurricane Sandy may be a week behind us, it continues to affect millions in the Northeast. Homes and synagogues were heavily damaged or destroyed, many remain without power, and entire communities are struggling to get back on their feet. Today the URJ formalized our partnership with NECHAMA – the Jewish Response to Disaster. The […]

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A Moral Obligation for Food Day



What would Passover be without matzah ball soup, Hanukkah without latkes, Thanksgiving without turkey? For the Jewish – and indeed American – people, food plays a pivotal role in who and what we are. So let’s celebrate it with Food Day on October 24. Although Food Day was designed to be a day to celebrate […]

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