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URJ Commemorates Ten Years of Ten Minutes of Torah



The Union of Refom Judaism commemorates 10 years of Ten Minutes of Torah, a daily email that is one of the most successful and innovative distance learning initiatives in the Jewish world.  In 2003, Rabbi Eric Yoffie, then URJ president launched Ten Minutes of Torah at the URJ Biennial convention in Minneapolis: Desperate to keep […]

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Reform Missions Celebrate Women of the Wall’s 25th Anniversary in Jerusalem



On November 3, three North American missions from the Reform Movement will commence their journey in the Holy Land to honor the 25th Anniversary of the Women of the Wall, the group aimed at achieving social and legal recognition of women’s rights to wear prayer shawls, pray communally, and read from the Torah at the […]

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URJ Launches First Reform Movement Day Camp



Camp Harlam, the URJ’s regional overnight camp for the Mid-Atlantic region, announced it will open the Harlam Day Camp beginning in June 2014, at the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy (Barrack) in Bryn Mawr, PA. Camp Harlam, which has served more than 750 families, 1,000 children, and 250 staff members each summer at its resident […]

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Let’s Talk Turkey: Thanksgiving Ideas for Congregational Boards



Thanksgiving is next month (or this month for our Canadian friends) and while it is not a Jewish holiday, you and your board can still use the essence of the holiday – giving thanks – as an impetus for recognizing the dedication of folks within your congregational community. Many congregations rely on the hard work […]

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“Reinventing The Bar Mitzvah” on HuffPost Live



On the heels of last week’s New York Times article on the Reform Movement’s efforts to revamp and reinvigorate b’nai mitzvah, HuffPost Live recently ran a great segment on the same topic, featuring the URJ’s own Rabbi Bradley Solmsen on a panel of guests. As Director of Youth Engagement, Rabbi Solmsen heads the Reform Movement’s […]

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The New Bar Mitzvah: Read All About It!



Just before Rosh HaShanah, the New York Times ran a story titled “Bar Mitzvahs Get New Look to Build Faith.” The piece introduces readers to the Reform Movement’s new B’nai Mitzvah Revolution, an initiative to reinvent the bar and bat mitzvah that began with 13 pilot congregations. The American bar mitzvah, facing derision for Las […]

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Biennial Registration is Open Now!



General registration opened today for the Union for Reform Judaism’s 2013 72nd North American Biennial, the largest Jewish gathering in North America, taking place Dec. 11-15, 2013, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. Priority registration for members of URJ-member congregations has been open since late July. The URJ Biennial will bring together […]

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HUC-JIR Names its Next President



Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion announced today that Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, Ph.D., will become the 12th president of HUC-JIR, in an appointment effective January 1, 2014. He will succeed Rabbi David Ellenson (2001-2013), who will become chancellor. A press release announcing Rabbi Panken’s election reads, in part: As HUC-JIR President, Dr. Panken will […]

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The 2013 “Double Chai in the Chi” List is Out!



Mazal tov to the 36 Jewish Chicagoans recently named to Double Chai in the Chi, a list that shines a spotlight on the faces of Chicago’s Jewish future and recognizes the amazing contributions of this generation. The young professionals featured are noted for making a difference through their work, giving back in their free time, […]

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Mazal Tov to the 2013 Bronfman Youth Fellows!



The prestigious Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel recently announced the names of its 2013 fellows, a cohort of North American Jewish teens entering their senior year of high school. Through an intensive year of seminars and a robust alumni community, the fellowship offer teens from diverse Jewish backgrounds with an unparalleled leadership experience. The fellowship […]

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Congregational Resources for the High Holy Days



Can it already be the second week of July? Unbelievable as it may seem, this week means something big for congregations: The High Holy Days are less than two months away! With Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur quickly approaching, many congregations are already busy preparing. The URJ has a number of resources to help your […]

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Internet Round-Up: The Best Jewish Stories on the Web



Here are just a few of the recent stories from across the webosphere that speak directly to (and about) Reform Jews. What Jewish stories have you been reading recently? Leave a comment and let us know! “Modern-Day Rabbi Must Be CEO, Teacher, and Spiritual Leader at Once,” Forward Are rabbis the new CEOs? Anne Cohen […]

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Internet Round-Up: The Best Jewish Stories on the Web



Here are just a few of the recent stories from across the webosphere that speak directly to (and about) Reform Jews. What Jewish stories have you been reading recently? Leave a comment and let us know! “His Father’s Murder Drives a Rabbi’s Pursuit of Gun Control,” New York Times This piece is actually a couple […]

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Rabbi Jacqueline Koch Ellenson on Women of the Wall



Still not clear on the details of the ongoing dispute regarding women’s prayer at the Western Wall in Israel? Been following along so closely that you want to know even more about it? Last week, Rabbi Jacqueline Koch Ellenson, director of the Women’s Rabbinic Network, was interviewed by Timothy Michael Law, founder, publisher, and editor-in-chief of The […]

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