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URJ Kutz Camp Talks Political Advocacy



This summer, a class of teens at the URJ Kutz camp in Warwick, NY studied political advocacy with Alison Stamm, the Director of Youth Engagement at Temple Sinai of Roslyn. Alison’s minor, called “Get up. Stand up. Stand up for your rights,” emphasized the importance of influencing legislative change for the greater good.  Drawing upon […]

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Faiths Calling – A Success!



Our cup runneth over! Because of our collective efforts, we flooded the Senate with some 10,000 calls from Americans of faith at precisely the right moment preceding the Senate debate and imminent vote on a bill. Our success is a testament to the dedication of more than 75 diverse religious denominations and organizations who worked tirelessly to […]

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Reform Movement Reacts to SOTU Address



Earlier this week, Reform Movement leaders outlined their hopes and priorities for President Obama’s State of the Union address. President Obama spoke about almost all the issues our leadership raised, including: ECONOMIC JUSTICE The majority of the President’s speech was centered on the economy and job creation. URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs wrote that “deficit […]

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A Jewish Call for Equal Pay



As two recent college graduates with many friends who are unemployed or working as unpaid interns, we are all too familiar with bleak employment and financial prospects. It’s disheartening to know, though, that even as the economy begins to recover, statistics show that Katharine might still be paid an average of 77 cents on every […]

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Mel Gibson’s Latest Remark about Jews Makes Me Want to Teach My Son Well



by Linda K. Wertheimer “You Jewish son of a b….,” a boy taunted my brother on the school bus one day as I sat nearby. I was 14, my brother, Kevin, 16. The comment made us seethe, but we let it pass. Then a few weeks later, my family, the only Jewish one in our […]

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Wake up and Smell the Kale: Former NFTY President Farms for Justice



by Aliza Slavin Gazek “What’swrong with your elbow?” an eight-year old asked during Camp UrbanAdamah, a Berkeley day camp that explores Judaism and the environment.Struggling for a good view of this hard-to-see part of my body, Iyielded to another camper, who responded, “She’s a farmer!” It was thenthat I learned the necessity of scrubbing my […]

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A Commitment to Stewardship



from the Green TeamTemple Sharey Tefilo Israel, South Orange, NJ Temple Sharey Tefilo Israel (TSTI) is one of eight Reform synagogues that became involved in the GreenFaith Certification programstarting in May, 2010. With support from the URJ and the RAC, wecommitted to a rigorous two-year program that would help our synagoguebecome more environmentally aware and […]

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TEVA Major Spotlight: The Relationship Between Judaism and the Environment



by Elaina Marshalek, TEVA Major TeacherURJ Kutz Camp (originally posted on Kutz blog) Teva,in Hebrew, directly translates to the word “nature,” but if you askedthe members of the Kutz Teva major what it means, they would express anumber of different interpretations of the word. In this program, wehave broken down the barriers between space that […]

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Jews Eating Well – Not as Obvious as it May Seem!



By Rachel Cohen(originally posted on RACblog) The old axiom of Jewish holidays, “they tried to kill us, we survived,let’s eat!” isn’t so simple these days, as Jewish communities acrossNorth America work to redefine “Jewish food justice” through local,national and global efforts. Synagogues, JCCs and Jewish non-profitshave long led efforts to fight poverty by feeding those […]

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Our Moral Imperative to Be “Green:” Must We LEED to be Environmental Leaders?



by Judith Erger Westchester Reform Temple, under the direction of Rabbi Richard Jacobs, has recently been awarded the LEED® Silver certification for its new Sanctuary and Social Hall designed by Rogers Marvel Architects. LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the recognized green building certification system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). […]

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Interfaith Food Event A Success



by Karen Dougherty(originally posted on RACblog) Here at Barnert Temple, we just finished an exciting first year participating in the GreenFaith Certification Program,a rigorous two-year leadership program that focuses on integratingenvironmental sustainability into every aspect of synagogue life (learn moreabout what we and the other Pilot Program congregations are doing tobecome environmental leaders). We’ve started […]

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Climate Change and Tornados



by Marc FriendReligious Action Center(originally RACblog) This entry is part of our “Let’s Get Sustainable” blog post series -look for an environmentally themed post each week and learn more on ourGreening Reform Judaism web portal. This past week, Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org,released a powerful op-ed in the Washington Post. Titled “A linkbetween climate change […]

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Will Travel for Food (Justice): Meet Me at the Hazon Food Conference



by Naomi Abelson(originally posted on RACblog)I just picked up my weekly share of the season’s Community SupportAgricultural (CSA) harvest. Although this early summer share,consisting mostly of assorted lettuces, isn’t terribly exciting to mypalette, I know from experience that there are great things to come. Inthe weeks ahead, I’ll receive ripe tomatoes, curly garlic scapes,colorful bell […]

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Summer Eating



by Rachel Cohen(originally posted on the RACblog) This entry is part of our “Let’s Get Sustainable” blog post series -look for an environmentally themed post each week and learn more on ourGreening Reform Judaism web portal. MemorialDay has passed and summer is upon us, and that means barbeques,farmers’ markets and lots of other fun ways […]

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