February 8, 2011, New York, NY The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) today launched a State of the Union webpage including a review of 2010 and a look at what the URJ has in store for the Reform Movement in 2011 and beyond.
The page highlights the URJ's activities in the first 90 days of 2011, including the announcement of 20 Incubator Grants to member congregations, the first of four Reform Movement Think Tank forums, the launch of a Teen Engagement Campaign, a new RPB rabbinical salary survey, a North American Temple Youth (NFTY) Convention and Youth Workers Conference, a training program for congregational presidents and another for membership chairs and professionals.
Also illuminated are ways URJ supports congregations year-round by providing programming, leadership training, congregational support centers, consulting services, networking groups, conferences, job placement, pension and retirement services, web support, publications and music and by encouraging innovation and sharing best practices. URJ also supports important Reform institutions such as the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), the Association of Reform Zionists (ARZA), the World Union for Progressive Judaism, the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism, and the Israel Religious Action Center.
The State of the Union takes a look into the future, including the possibility of collaborating with the HUC-JIR and Central Conference of American Rabbis to create a Reform Jewish Campus. There is also a place for viewers to ask questions of the URJ president or chair of the board.
"This State of the Union gives just a sample of the work we do for and with our 900 member-congregations." said URJ President Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie. "We hope that Reform Jews will take the opportunity to offer their thoughts, ask questions, and be a part of the conversation about the future of the Reform Movement."