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Group of people smiling and dancing at the 2015 URJ Biennial
Shabbat worshippers
Group of people smiling and dancing at the 2015 URJ Biennial

It’s a big day: Registration is officially open for URJ Biennial 2017, taking place December 6-10, 2017, in beautiful, historic Boston, MA! You’re invited to join us for the largest Jewish gathering in North America, where 5,000 Jews from around the world will come together to engage in the work of reimagining Jewish life.

Together, we’ll worship, learn, network, sing, build community, and shape the future of the Reform Movement. There’s no more exciting and powerful experience to support you as a Jewish leader and enrich your Jewish soul...

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Contact: Lauren Theodore at 212-650-4154

New York, NY; June 21, 2017 - Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) President Rabbi Rick Jacobs issued the following statement today about the Israeli government's agreement to provide an egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall in Jerusalem:

We have seen the recent reporting that the Israeli government will suspend its plan to move forward with an egalitarian, pluralistic prayer space at the...

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Shabbat worshippers

At this point in my career, I have attended countless Jewish leadership conferences. In many instances, I have been on the steering committees responsible for selecting a theme, developing the program, wrangling speakers, and planning the logistics. Although the audience, agenda, and timing of each conference create unique challenges, the people responsible for scheduling always grapple with the same old question: what do we do about Shabbat?

In too many cases, conference organizers avoid Shabbat programming like the...

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Pope Francis and Rabbi Rick Jacobs

The New York Times reported last week on a sweeping new survey of the political attitudes of American clergy. Among the survey’s least surprising findings: Reform rabbis are the most liberal cohort.  (Conservative Rabbis are not far behind.)

Since the election last November, we have heard time and again how synagogue attendance is up. People are searching for a place to be with others, in a safe space...

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Four smiling campers arm in arm

By lunchtime on Friday, the atmosphere feels different. The schedule changes, making time and space to prepare. We get ready, pulling out what is probably our last set of clean clothes. We grab cameras, anticipating lots of pictures since everyone will be looking their best. We’re excited. We are, for once, ready when it’s time to go. We walk. We sing. We join hands, gathering more friends as we go. Literally or figuratively, we ascend. We welcome Shabbat.

I am a Reform Movement camp veteran: a camper at URJ Camp Harlam in the 1990s, a unit...

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