Posts Tagged: WUPJ

Synagogue in Simferopol, Ukraine Needs Urgent Repairs



The following was sent on Thursday morning as an email on behalf of the World Union for Progressive Judaism. The bottom of this post includes a link to donate to help Jewish communities in Ukraine during this time of crisis. Dear World Union Family: In the past few weeks we’ve shared with you what has been […]

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Reform Synagogue Attacked in Simferopol, Ukraine



The following was sent on Friday afternoon as an email on behalf of the World Union for Progressive Judaism. The bottom of this post includes a link to donate to help Jewish communities in Ukraine during this time of crisis. This morning, as our community members arrived at the synagogue center in Simferopol, they discovered […]

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Hectic Times, in the Very Best Way



Despite the fact that summer, with its hopefully slower pace, is just around the corner, the last few weeks have been packed! At the end of April, I joined 117 congregational presidents who had gathered in Atlanta for the annual Scheidt Seminar, the URJ’s unique leadership training initiative specifically designed for current and incoming presidents. […]

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Remembering the 11 Victims of Terror in Munich 1972



Reform Jewish leaders from across the world issued a statement yesterday remembering the 11 Israeli victims of the 1972 terror attacks at the Munich Olympics. The 13 signatories issued their support for a moment of silence at the upcoming Olympics’ opening ceremony and asked Reform congregations worldwide to conduct their own memorials for the victims. […]

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Experience Israel and World Jewry Without Your Passport



by James Cherney The upcoming Biennial will provide you and your fellow congregants and friends an unprecedented opportunity to experience the exciting development of Progressive Jewry in Israel and throughout the world. How? First, you can attend learning sessions on a whole range of topics: learn about developing Progressive communities in Central and Eastern Europe […]

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A Shabbat to Remember, Part 2: Making Jewish Connections Across the Globe



by Tyler Benjamin Tyler Benjamin, a third year John V. Lombardi Scholar at the University of Florida, just returned from a three-week study opportunity in South Africa. Read Part One of his unforgettable Shabbat experience, and enjoy Part Two, below. Let me start out by saying the food was delicious and the company, excellent. But […]

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A Shabbat to Remember, Part 1: Playing Jewish Geography in South Africa



by Tyler Benjamin From mid-May to mid-June, good fortune and hard work granted me three weeks in South Africa on my school’s tab. I am a third year John V. Lombardi Scholar at the University of Florida and one of the perks of the four-year merit scholarship is travels and studies abroad each summer. This […]

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For the Sake of Zion: Richard G Hirsch’s Historical Memoir of the Struggles of Progressive Zionism



Zionism is the story of the modern liberation of the Jewish people restored and renewed to our homeland. It is also the story of remarkable individuals who carved a path for the growth of the Jewish State and a flourishing democracy in the Middle East. The leadership of Weitzman, Ben Gurion, Meir, Eban, and others […]

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Music Speaks Louder Than Words



by Cantor Alane Katzew, URJ Music & Worship Specialist “Music speaks louder than words. It’s the only thing that the whole world listens to. When you sing, people understand.” These lyrics to the Peter, Paul and Mary song may iterate what we all know in our hearts: music is a great equalizer. Its styles vary […]

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KESHER Birthright-Israel trip brings Jews from Suriname to their home Synagogue in Israel



Gadi Ben Dov, Director of Short Term Israel Programs at the URJ, has been around the block and has seen some great things that we do in our work, but this was one of the highlights for him. In August 2010, a special Kesher Birthright-Israel group travelled to Israel with a group of young Progressive […]

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Praying with Heart



A highlight of any trip abroad is the chance to get off the tourist route and into the homes of locals. We’ve accomplished that in Israel by traveling with organized Reform movement groups, which typically includes Erev Shabbat services at a Progressive congregation, followed by dinner at the home of a member of the congregation. […]

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Israel Revisited



Almost two years ago, I asked the readers of this blog to advise me on what to see on a fifth trip to Israel. As it happened, the trip we were then planning didn’t happen until just now, and turned out to be built around the World Zionist Congress instead of around the World Union for Progressive […]

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My GUCI Magic Experience



by Rita FrumanCoordinator, Netzer FSU A few days ago I returned from a trip to the U.S., where I was fortunate enough to visit a Jewish youth camp URJ Goldman Union Camp Institute (GUCI). This trip was another step in the development of professional and friendly ties between Netzer the youth department of WUPJ in […]

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Conversion Conversation in Jerusalem



ARZA Executive Director Rabbi Daniel Allen and URJ Senior Vice President Rabbi Daniel Freelander report from Tel Aviv on a high-level meeting regarding the controversial Rotem conversion bill. Yesterday morning, Natan Sharansky, Chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel, hosted a meeting of leaders of the Reform and Conservative movements, several Israeli government ministers, […]

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