Posts Tagged: Israel

Coming Full Circle: The NFTY in Israel Tikkun Olam Experience



by Sharon Mann The phrase “what goes around, comes around” came to mind recently as I remembered back five years to the time I saw my daughter, Ayelet, off on a flight from Tel Aviv to Toronto, Canada. She was headed to URJ Camp George, a Reform Jewish summer camp where she would spend the […]

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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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Reform Movement Responds to Israeli Religious Services Minister’s Disparaging Comments



Reacting to disparaging comments made about Reform Judaism by David Azoulay, the Israeli religious services minister, President Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, issued the following statement: It would be one thing if Minister Azoulay’s ignorant and myopic views of Reform Judaism were nothing more than this his own semi-coherent ramblings. The […]

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Israel: Front and Center



As we all wait for word about the future of the critical talks between Iran and the P5+1 in Vienna, I want to share a few thoughts about my recent time in Israel, meeting with politicians, fellow Reform Movement leaders, and some of the talented individuals staffing our Israel programs this summer. It was a […]

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Engaging and Enriching Older Immigrants to Israel



by Sharon Mann Congregations are always thinking of new ways to attract and interest younger members. While this is, of course, essential, it is perhaps just as important for congregations to consider what they are doing to engage and enrich older members who want to remain connected as they deal with circumstances that arise later […]

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Reform Movement Wins World Zionist Congress Election By Significant Margin



The Reform Jewish Movement was the clear winner in the critical World Zionist Congress election, according to results released today. The ARZA slate, representing the Reform Movement, secured 56 seats out of a possible 145, winning nearly 40 percent of the votes cast in the United States – more than the amount of the next […]

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Together in Israel: Reimagining the Congregational Israel Trip



We check in with the Community Synagogue in Port Washington, NY, which, after a recent congregational trip to Israel, shares successful strategies for building intergenerational relationships and reimagining the “standard” congregational trip.

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The Torah of Coalition



By Rabbi Josh Weinberg When Eliezer Ben Yehuda set out to assemble a new, Hebrew language dictionary, he needed to create terminology for modern day concepts that are not found in our ancient sources.  Although many of his words caught on and are used regularly, many others did not.  Recently, I was reminded of two […]

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June 3 is Worldwide Unity Day: Promoting the Jewish People as One



In the summer of 2014, three Israeli teens – Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaer, and Naftali Fraenkel – were kidnapped by terrorists on their way home from school. Jews from around the world came together to search, pray, and offer support. The building sense of Jewish unity while the boys were held captive reached its peak […]

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Applications are Now Open for the URJ Communities of Practice!



Is your congregation ready to learn and innovate? Are you prepared to grapple with challenging but important issues and questions, but aren’t quite sure where to begin? The URJ is thrilled to announce that applications are now open for the URJ Communities of Practice, and we invite your congregation to apply. Communities of Practice (CoPs) […]

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Op-Ed: Strength and Humility are Key in Defending the Jewish State



Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, published an op-ed today in Haaretz titled “Strength and humility: the key to defending the Jewish State.” He writes, It would be all too easy to spend Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day) and Yom Haatzmaut (Israel’s Independence Day) debating the rights and wrongs of the complex […]

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Counting Days and Making Days Count



By Rabbi Josh Weinberg And from the day on which you bring the sheaf of elevation offering-the day after the Shabbat – you shall count off seven weeks. They must be complete: you must count until the day after the seventh week – fifty days; then you shall bring an offering of new grain to […]

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Reform Youth Leaders Debrief AIPAC Conference



By Debbie Rabinovich, Andrew Keene, and Jeremy Cronig American Jews are extremely passionate about Israel. Regardless of sect, political affiliation, or region of the country, 16,000 people came to Washington, D.C., for the AIPAC Policy Conference for the sole purpose of advocating for Israel. The enormity of this event was a physical representation of the […]

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Death of Alberto Nisman: Justice Must Not be Delayed or Denied



The World Union for Progressive Judaism issued the following statement about news of the death of Alberto Nisman: The World Union for Progressive Judaism joins the leadership of our Latin America region (WUPJ-LA) in expressing shock and horror as we learned the news of the death of Alberto Nisman, lead prosecutor in the search for […]

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