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Shabbat programs for congregations include the popular "Embracing Shabbat" materials that will guide your congregation through a process of communal study about, reflection on and experimentation with Shabbat observance. Get more information on the Shabbat Initiative.
High Holidays
Attending High Holidays Services Away from Home
Domestic/U.S. and Canada

The URJ suggests that when space allows, members of URJ congregations who will be traveling during the High Holy Days be welcomed to worship at fellow URJ congregations. Please note that High Holy Day seating is based on the discretion of the host congregation and is not intended as URJ policy. This form is to be completed by the visiting congregation and submitted directly to the destination congregation. Further instructions are on the form. Additional information, including verification of an individual’s good standing and confirmation of seating availability, should be communicated directly between the visiting and host congregations.

Your congregation, as a member of the Union for Reform Judaism, is also part of the international World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ). WUPJ will endeavor to make a connection for those who will be traveling internationally and would like to join with an international Progressive/Reform congregation for Rosh HaShanah and/or Yom Kippur. Please know that in many instances, the WUPJ is able to succeed in making these connections; however, each instance is subject to the traditions of individual synagogues' affiliation protocol, which can differ significantly outside of North America. In many cases even members of communities are charged additional fees for the High Holy Days, so we cannot guarantee free courtesy seating, and you may be asked for a set contribution or fee based upon the number of seats you require. For further international direction, contact the New York office of the WUPJ at 212.452.6537 or email Shira Kestenbaum at
Tu BiSh'vat
  • Greening Pilot Program
    The URJ and the Religious Action Center have partnered with GreenFaith to create a two-year pilot program. Eight New Jersey congregations will complete GreenFaith's Certification, then go on to become leaders in the Reform Movement's greening efforts and mentor others engaged in stewardship and environmental justice activities.
  • Greening Reform Judaism
    Programs and resources for "greening" congregations.
  • Living Talmud
    Using the Talmud's method of organization, explore a biblical text for Tu BiSh'vat.
  • Tu BiSh'vat Resources from the RAC
    The RAC offers several Tu BiSh'vat resources, including a guide for adding social justice to your celebration, and a Tu BiSh'vat seder.
  • Tu BiSh'vat Seders
Yom HaShoah
Yom HaZikaron & Yom HaAtzmaut
  • Aseret Hadibrot - Illuminating the Ten Commandments
    Explore the meaning of the Ten Commandments through the mitzvah of study.
  • Categorized Yearly Index of Tikkun Leil Shavuot Programs
  • Honoring Our Past, Envisioning Our Future: Reform Judaism in the 21st Century
    This Tikkun focuses on the meaning and challenge of being a Reform Jew at the beginning of the 21st century. It has an accompanying video, L'dor Vador: Continuity and Change.
  • Journeying Toward Sinai
    Ten workshops that enable you and your congregation to explore the meaning of Shavuot through the mitzvah of study. Two workshops can be used as preparatory sessions during the Omer period, which leads up to the holiday of Shavuot. The eight workshops for Tikkun Leil Shavuot itself vary in content and mode. These separate components allow each congregation to create an evening of study appropriate for its members.
  • Megillat Ruth: Journeying Toward the Sacred
    This program is a combination video and study booklet. Its biblical story, so ancient and yet so modern, is a timeless message of the risks one takes on the journey from loss and emptiness to renewal and rebirth.
  • Standing Together: A Social Justice Guide for Shavuot
    This guide focuses on four issues connected with Shavuot: economic justice, the environment, world Jewry and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues and advocacy. Each section begins with an explanation about the connection between the social justice theme and Shavuot and the Omer. After the general introduction, families, social action chairs, confirmation classes, youth group leaders and other synagogue groups will find programs, projects and study topics that connect Shavuot and the Omer with these themes.
  • Successful Congregational Shavuot Programs
    Many URJ congregations have Shavuot-related programs listed in the Communicate! program bank.
  • The Voice Still Speaks
    In this program, which includes a companion video, five leading Jewish scholars discuss revelation from a traditional and personal perspective.
  • Together at Sinai
    With this study guide you and your community can explore a wide variety of themes related to the holiday of Shavuot. The workshops include preparing a Shavuot seder, studying the theme of revelation through a feminist lens, the Book of Ruth through a social justice lens, or the role of commandments in liberal Judaism.

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