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As you plan your budget and schedule for the remainder of 2017 and beyond, keep in mind the great URJ offerings that can help you strengthen your congregation. To stay up-to-date with the resources and events that are always being added, make sure you receive and read the twice-monthly Inside Leadership newsletter for the latest updates.

URJ Biennial

Join 5,000 Reform Jews (lay leaders, clergy, synagogue professionals, and synagogue members) at the largest...

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URJ VP of Audacious Hospitality April Baskin stands in a classroom and gestures with her hands as she teaches a room full of participants in the URJ Keshet training partnership

"When we don’t have the full participation of our community, we are diminished,” says Lisa David, director of URJ Camp Harlam.

Keshet, a national organization that works for full LGBTQ equality and inclusion in Jewish life, is partnering with the Union for Reform Judaism, bringing together its URJ Youth and Audacious Hospitality departments for a project to improve inclusivity in our Reform youth programs. It...

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URJ summer interns with Rabbi Rick Jacobs

Walk into the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) on a hot summer day, and you’ll see professionals writing content for the website, planning mailings, and tackling other tasks to invigorate the Reform Movement. Several of these professionals, myself included, are college interns, navigating toward a bright future even as we navigate a page in our browsers. Like many college students, we’ve taken a summer internship – whether to boost our experience or get nagging parents off our backs about being productive.


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Map of Canada and US; flag of each country is superimposed over the land mass

As a congregational and Reform Movement leader in Canada, I often confront these questions: Is it possible for people from two countries, with different challenges and national cultures, to feel connected to one Jewish movement? Can they feel equally represented by a single organization?

Yes, absolutely!

With national and religious differences – including currency, geography, social justice issues, tax laws, levels of observance, and more – ideas that are taken for granted in one country simply may not work in the other. So how can Reform congregations in both Canada and...

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White heart-shaped flowers hanging from a stem

I am in my seat at the Metropolitan Opera House. The majestic crystal chandeliers start their rise into the sky. The spotlight reveals an elegantly attired conductor. The house falls silent, he lifts his baton, the orchestra begins. The music goes straight to my heart; I am enraptured by my favorite moment, the overture.

Selichot is the overture for our High Holidays – and my favorite part of the season. For years, the tradition in our community had been a regional Selichot service among several congregations. If feet do the...

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