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Spring is just around the corner, and with that comes continued planning of district activities. For Women of Reform Judaism and our temple sisterhoods, Spring Kallot and Area Days are vital additions to any district calendar.

Spring Kallah is an important gathering that fills in the gap between district conventions and involves every sisterhood within the district. Area Days take place when a number of sisterhoods within a certain geographical area get together for a few hours, a day or a whole weekend. Area Directors work with the sisterhoods...

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Press Release

Contact: Lauren Theodore at 212-650-4154

“We clearly did not agree on everything, nor did we expect to. We were warmly received, and our conversation was positive.”

Jerusalem, March 9, 2017 – The leadership of the Union for Reform Judaism in the U.S., led by URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs, were welcomed this afternoon by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the Mukataa in Ramallah.

The URJ delegation consists of approximately 30 members of senior lay and professional leadership, representing the...

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Press Release

Contact: Lauren Theodore at 212-650-4154

Jerusalem, March 9, 2017 - Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

"The URJ opposes the Israeli Knesset's law barring entry to foreigners who have publicly called for boycotts...

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Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, one of the great Jewish thinkers and writers of the twentieth century, helps us understand our connection with prayer through the concepts of keva and kavanah.

What Are Keva and Kavanah?

Keva is the fixed nature of our prayer. It represents the words on the page, and the order of the worship. Keva provides a framework for our prayer and guides our way through the service.

Kavanah, on the other hand, is the intent that we bring to our worship. As a prayer starts, kavanah is the deep breath we take, and the sweet, warm memory we recall.


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In August 2014, many of us around the country watched news reports pertaining to the brutal and vicious beheading of American James Foley by ISIS. We were stunned and deeply upset. Members of my congregation, Temple Avodat Shalom in River Edge, N.J., asked what we could do to combat such a terrible event and respond to increasingly grim reports from the Middle East

Upon my arrival at the congregation in July 2013, Melikhan Turklieri from Peace Islands Institute approached me in an effort to build on...

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