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Privacy Policy

The Union for Reform Judaism is firmly committed to maintaining the privacy of visitors to its website and to the privacy of the members of Union congregations. The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for the following websites: http://www.urj.org (the Union website); http://rac.org (the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism); http://www.urjpress.com (The URJ Press); http://rj.org (RJ Blog); http://reformjudaismmag.org (Reform Judaism magazine); http://www.transcontinentalmusic.com (Transcontinental Music Publications), and http://www.synagoguematch.org (Synagogue Match). By using these sites, you consent to the terms and conditions of this privacy policy. The Union reserves the right to modify its privacy policy from time to time.

Information Collection and Use
The Union believes that personally identifying information, such as your name, postal and e-mail address or telephone number, is private and confidential. You can have general access to our site without providing any personally identifying information. The Union, the URJ Press and Transcontinental Music Publications collect personally identifying information only when you voluntarily submit it, such as when you e-mail comments, request information, place an order, sign up for a discussion group or e-newsletter, or register for an event.

Information in the Union's Database
The Union maintains a centralized database of the members of every congregation in the Union for Reform Judaism. This database is used for mailing Reform Judaism magazine. In addition the Union maintains contact information about the lay and professional leadership of congregations. Use of this information is governed by the opt-in/opt-out policies outlined below.

Release of Information to Third Parties
The Union does not release your personally identifying information to third parties unless you have given us permission to do so or unless such release is required to comply with the law or to protect the rights or safety of the Union or our website users. Information that is collected will not be sold, shared, or rented to any outside company or organization. Information that is collected will be used solely for the purpose for which it is given or to inform you of Union events and resources. Should you wish to opt-out of receiving any e-mails from the Union or its affiliates please go to www.urj.org/subscribe.

Use of Material on Our Sites
All content, with the exclusion of material attributed to or hyperlinked to external sites, is the property of the Union for Reform Judaism and may not be reproduced in whole or in part without the written permission of the Union. Please send requests to urj@urj.org.

Links to Other Sites
The websites covered by this policy contains links to other sites. The Union is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of other such websites and does not assume responsibility for the content of the material on other sites.

Online Order Forms
Our sites use order forms for customers to request information, products, and services. We collect visitors' contact information (i.e., their name, phone number, e-mail addresses, congregation, position held in congregation), unique identifiers (account numbers, passwords), and financial information (account or credit card numbers). Contact information from the order forms is used to send orders and information about our organization to our customers/visitors who request it. The customer's contact information is also used to get in touch with the visitor when necessary. Users may opt-out of receiving future mailings (see the choice/opt-out section below). Financial information that is collected is used to bill the user for products and services they purchase online. Unique identifiers (such as account numbers or passwords) are collected from website visitors for use as account numbers in our record system.

Information that is collected on online order forms becomes the property of the Union. The Union does not sell, market or distribute this information and will not use it for purposes other than indicated in this privacy policy.

Registration
On certain parts of our site (mainly registration forms and catalogue orders), users are required to give contact information (such as their names and e-mail addresses) and unique identifiers (such as passwords, account numbers or congregational information). This information is used to send users the information they request and/or to fulfill orders that are created online. The contact information may also be used to contact the visitor when necessary. Unique identifiers (such as account numbers and passwords) are collected for use as account numbers in our record system. Congregational or account information submitted by users may be used to verify and protect users identity when they are conducting online transactions through our Web site. The Union may use contact information to distribute news it deems of general interest to Reform Jews. Users may opt-out of receiving future mailings (see the choice/opt-out section).

Online Surveys
Our online surveys may ask visitors for contact information (such as e-mail addresses and congregational information). We may use contact data from our surveys to send the user information about our organization. The user's contact information may also be used to contact the visitor when necessary. Users may opt-out of receiving future mailings (see the choice/opt-out section below). Other contact information (such as congregational information) is collected from website visitors for use as account numbers in our record system.

Information that is collected online in surveys becomes the property of the Union. The Union does not sell, market or distribute this information and will not use it for purposes other than indicated in this privacy policy.

Public Forums
The Union sponsors numerous Listserv discussion groups for members of Union congregations. These discussion groups are a free service to enable members to share comments about a wide variety of comments. Only individuals older than 13 years of age may participate and by participating you are certifying that you are old enough to participate.

The Union may make the postings to ListServ discussion groups available to its users. We ask that participants refrain from including profanity, obscenities, hateful, and/or defamatory language. The Union does not review items before they are posted and reserves the right to remove any information posted.

Please remember that any information that is disclosed in these areas becomes public information and you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information. WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REMOVE ANYONE FROM LIST WHO VIOLATES THESE PROCEDURES.

Security
The sites covered by this policy have security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control: http://urj.org/ and http://www.urjpress.com/ use secure servers furnished by our web host, EdgeWeb Hosting (http://edgewebhosting.net/), when transferring personal and financial information across its server. Therefore, information transferred by users on non-secure parts of the Union site is done at the users discretion.

Congregational Pages Housed on the Union Website
Union member congregations that house their Web sites with the Union are required to abide by this privacy policy. Significant violations of this privacy policy may result in the revoking of congregational Web space. In addition, the Union reserves the right not to post information and to not link to Web pages that violate the policies and practices stated in the Union's website guidelines and those set forth in the EdgeWeb Hosting Policy (http://ww2.edgewebhosting.net/AUP.cfm).

Choice/Opt-Out

The Union gives users the following options for removing their information from our database to not receive future communications or to no longer receive our service.

  1. You can go to http://urj.org/subscribe and indicate you do not want to receive an individual newsletter or any e-mail from the Union for Reform Judaism.
     
  2. You can send e-mail to opt-out@urj.org.
  3. You can send mail to the following postal address:

List Maintenance
Union for Reform Judaism
633 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10017

The Union gives users the following options for removing themselves from ListServs hosted by Shamash.

  1. You can visit the "Subscribe, Unsubscribe and get Information about mailing lists" section, http://shamash.org/listform.html, on the Shamash website and follow the prompts to unsubscribe yourself from the list(s) you belong to.
  2. You can send e-mail to opt-out@urj.org.

Correct/Update

The Union gives users the following options for changing and modifying information previously provided.

  1. You can provide updated information at http://urj.org/subscribe.
  2. You can send e-mail to opt-out@urj.org
  3. You can send mail to the following postal address:

List Maintenance
Union for Reform Judaism
633 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10017

Contacting the Web Site/Webmaster

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this website, please contact:

Webmaster
Union for Reform Judaism
633 Third Avenue
Seventh Floor
New York, NY 10017
web@urj.org

Updated 5/19/2008

 
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