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On Thursday, May 4, President Trump signed an executive order on religious liberty, which included a provision related to the “Johnson Amendment.” What does this mean in general – and for our synagogues?

This federal prohibition on partisan politicking from the pulpit has been in place since 1954, located in section 501(c)(3) of the federal tax code. It establishes that tax-exempt entities may not endorse or oppose candidates or...

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Alarm clock on dresser; woman awake in bed in the middle of the night

If you devote your volunteer time or your professional career to a synagogue, what keeps you up at night? What do your concerns, as congregational leaders, tell us about the contemporary Jewish landscape?

The Union for Reform Judaism’s primary contact for congregational leaders, the URJ Knowledge Network team, fields dozens of calls and emails from congregational leaders each month. This small team of dedicated professionals, who collectively have more than 30 years of experience working with...

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Children sitting in a circle around a rabbi who is lighting a Havdalah candle

Ready, set, snap! Want to see yourself on the big screen during URJ Biennial 2017? Here’s your chance to share your congregation’s best moments with 5,000 Reform Movement friends.

Do you have great photos on your congregation's website, Facebook or Flickr page? Awesome photos of holiday celebrations, Shabbat, Havdalah, or social action programs at your congregation? Beautiful photos that demonstrate the vibrancy and diversity of your community? Enter the Biennial 2017 Photo Contest for a chance at a starring role in Boston!

To enter...

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Family (mother, father, and three teens) walking on the beach

Kvelling about our children is as old as, well, parents and children. For the last year, the team participating in the Union for Reform Judaism’s B’nai Mitzvah Revolution Innovators Lab at Congregation Sherith Israel in San Francisco, CA, has been gathering parents together not only to kvell about our children, but also about ourselves as parents. We hope to build a community of adults that knows and supports each other as parents of young Jews, particularly as our kids grow into their teen...

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Beth Emet Fronteras Trip Photos

At the end of March this year, I joined with 15 of my students for six days of living and learning with the Cristo Rey Lutheran Church in El Paso, Texas – an organization that runs the U.S.-Mexico Border Immersion Experience. We attended arraignment and deportation proceedings at a U.S. District Court in Las Cruces, New Mexico, met with lawyers from the ACLU Center of Border Rights and Texas Civil Rights Project, and even crossed the border into Juarez, Mexico, to gain a better perspective on life south of the border. Perhaps most notably, we heard the testimony of many immigrants, living...

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