Posts Tagged: social action

URJ President to Spend Night at Homeless Shelter He Founded 30 Years Ago



In 1983, when Rabbi Rick Jacobs was the rabbi at Brooklyn Heights Synagogue (BHS), he had a vision to start a shelter to address the growing problem of homelessness in New York City. Thirty years later, the first synagogue-based homeless shelter in New York City is still responding to the need, run by volunteers from […]

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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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Why Do People Volunteer at the Synagogue?



by Neil Platt Earlier this year, my synagogue, Congregation Beth Shalom of the Woodlands, endeavored to build a new Havdalah area with a wooded trail and outdoor teaching area. Happily, we completed the work in time to consecrate the area during this year’s Yom Kippur Havdalah service. Nearly 200 people withstood the Texas summer heat […]

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Reform Movement Condemns Government Shutdown



In response to the failure of Congress to pass a funding bill, resulting in a government shutdown, Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement today: On behalf of the Union for Reform Judaism, whose 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.3 million Reform Jews, and the […]

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MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger & URJ Campers Send Over 500 Letters to President Obama



It’s so hard to believe the summer is coming to a close. It feels like just yesterday that I was gearing up for another summer of travel, visiting URJ camps across the country to teach a Hunger Advocacy program on behalf of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger. I was thrilled to visit URJ Greene Family Camp, Eisner Camp and Crane Lake Camp this summer, and I am left with so many fantastic impressions from the kids I worked with.

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Participate in the Weekend of Twinning



The RAC is, for the first time, co-sponsoring the Weekend of Twinning with the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding and the Islamic Society of North America. Join the largest ‘gathering’ of Muslims and Jews anywhere in the world by partnering for a weekend of learning and exploration with a local mosque. Most 2013 Weekend of Twinning […]

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High Holidays Inspiration from Rabbis Organizing Rabbis



by Rabbi Erica Seager Asch As we enter the month of Elul, we are aware that Tishrei is almost upon us. Sitting in front of our computers, we might think to ourselves “Stop mulling and just write the sermon!” But writing High Holiday sermons really does require that we ponder what to preach. Every year, […]

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Eisner and Crane Lake Camps Stand Up to Bullying



by Louis Bordman This was a day unlike any other in my 19 years with Eisner and Crane Lake Camps — in the most remarkable and beautiful way. For years, our camp community has heard me speak about Eisner and Crane Lake Camps as under a “bubble.” We want camp to be a safe space […]

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Mitzvah Man & Other Jewish Superheroes



Cantor Ross Wolman shares his experiences and thoughts on the Kallah Limud from the last two weeks.

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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! “Man Whose Late Son Was Victim of Bullying Urges Campers to Change Culture,” The Berkshire Eagle Campers at URJ […]

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J-Life: An Opportunity for Constant Teaching of Values – and Fun, Too!



Coming up to camp I knew that we had moved from Shiur, the programed period for Jewish education, to J-Life rotations in the Garden, Israel education, Israeli Scouts and Teva (nature).

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Never Turn Your Back on Justice



Five years ago, I served as a volunteer on the campaign opposed to the ratification of Proposition 8. In my mind, the proposition was a direct assault on the rights of same-sex couples, many of whom are members of my community. During the 2008 elections, I walked through my neighborhood passing out leaflets encouraging people […]

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Kutz Staff Takes Action



by Elan Kramer Cultural exchange provides an opportunity both for Americans to be educated about foreign countries and customs, and for people from around the world to learn more about America and to acquire American values to transmit back home. Kutz provides a unique opportunity for youth to engage in important and educational cultural exchange. […]

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