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Contact: Lauren Theodore at 212-650-4154

Jerusalem; June 26, 2017 - Leaders of the Reform Movement in Israel and North America have canceled a meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu scheduled for this coming Thursday.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism in North America and a member of the Jewish Agency Board of Governors stated:

“Prime Minister Netanyahu and Reform Movement leadership had a meeting...

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Mental health spelled out in Scrabble tiles

The death of Robin Williams in August 2014 hit me particularly hard. Not only had Williams brought so much laughter to so many around the world, he also was a regular fixture in my community, living just a few miles away, and frequenting the local restaurants, bike shop, and comedy club.

But his suicide felt personal for me as well, because just two years earlier, my stepfather had taken his own life, succumbing to his decades-long battle with mental illness and addiction. Robin William’s death, in many ways, opened a public conversation about mental health and suicide throughout...

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Contact: Lauren Theodore at 212-650-4154

Jerusalem; June 25, 2017 - Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) President Rabbi Rick Jacobs issued the following statement today about the Israeli government's reversal of their agreement to provide an egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall in Jerusalem:

Prime Minister Netanyahu's decision to say 'no' to his previous 'yes' is an unconscionable insult to the majority of world Jewry. We are assessing all next steps. The...

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Group of people smiling and dancing at the 2015 URJ Biennial

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.

This year's Biennial is already shaping up to be one of the best ever! Where else can you hear from the winner of the prestigious Man Booker Prize for Literature (Eisendrath Award Honoree David Grossman), the James Beard...

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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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