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Our prayers are with Jacob Blake and his family as he begins a long road of physical and emotional recovery. Our hands are outstretched and ready to do the work necessary to end systemic racism.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan awarded the URJ a $600,000 multi-year grant to advance Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (REDI) within the URJ and the Reform Jewish Movement as a whole.
The URJ praises the announcement of an historic peace deal that will lead to a full normalization of diplomatic relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, known as the “Abraham Accords,” and hopes it will lead other countries in the region to follow suit and provide an opportunity for Israel and its Palestinian neighbors to return to the negotiating table.
“We are chilled and outraged by recent reports detailing the detention of children in hotels, lacking access to proper care, in danger of abuse and predation, and expelled from the US without due process and in circumvention of international and domestic asylum laws."
Today, the URJ and CCAR joined with the Conservative and Reconstructionist Movements to issue a statement affirming our historic and ongoing close partnership with the ADL and our commitment to continuing to work in broad coalitions across lines of faith and race to heal what is broken in our world.
How can we embrace Judaism from not only a queer perspective, but also a “political” one? Max Antman (he/him), a rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, discusses how being a gay man influences his reading of Torah, how his Reform synagogue empowered his gay identity, and the sacred relationship between activism and studying Jewish text.
"Today, we proudly celebrate the work of Reform Jews who contributed to ballot initiative victories in Florida, to restore voting rights to 1.4 million citizens; in Massachusetts, to protect transgender rights; in Washington State, to establish new gun violence prevention measures; and in California, to secure affordable housing."
“The Department of Education’s proposed changes to Title IX under the pretense of ‘restoring due process’ is likely to return schools to a time when rape, assault, and harassment were swept under the rug."
Washington, D.C., February 1, 2016 – Tomorrow, February 2, the Reform Jewish Movement will join the Metro Industrial Area Foundation for an interfaith press conference...