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March 2, 2012

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Purim begins at sundown on March 7. Read more »

URJ Books and Music: Purim Recipes from Tina Wasserman!The Purim Costume

Entree to Judaism: A Culinary Exploration of the Jewish Diaspora offers a variety of delicious Hamantaschen recipes from around the world. Read more »

See also: Gift basket themes: tea time or movie time


Jewish Journal: President Jacobs

On his recent visit to Los Angeles to meet with congregants, clergy, synagogue staff and lay leaders, Rabbi Jacobs sat down with the Jewish Journal's Rob Eshman to discuss the future of the URJ and the Reform Movement. Read more »

eJewishPhilanthropy: The Campaign for Youth Engagement: A Call to Action

We need a massive initiative, a focused, strategic effort to ensure that we leverage the full strength and talent of every corner of the Jewish world. Read more »

JTA: Beren Academy prevails in Texas tourney controversy

A Texas athletic league has reversed course and will reschedule tournament games that will enable a Jewish day school, the Robert M. Beren Academy of Houston, to compete. Read more »

See also: URJ Encourages Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools to Reconsider Decision about Playoff Games on Shabbat

Ha'aretz: Israeli lawmakers slam ultra-Orthodox radio station for keeping women off the air

Kol Barama radio station tells Knesset's Committee on the Status of Women that keeping females voices off the airwaves was strictly a business decision. Read more »

Jewish Exponent: Opinion: Women's Reproductive Rights Are Under Attack Here and Throughout the Country

Rabbi Stacy Eskovitz Rigler offers some Reform Jewish teachings on controversial issues in the news. Read more »

The Forward: Something's Sprouting
at Kibbutz Yarok

Three summers ago, we met at URJ Kutz Camp, not knowing that in the following year both our paths would lead us to Kibbutz Lotan's Green Apprenticeship program, that we'd come out of the program with a passion for building Eco-Villages at Jewish summer camps. Read more »

The Hill: Standing up for the Farm Bill

In an effort to achieve our values-inspired vision of food justice five organizations, including the URJ, formed the Jewish Farm Bill Working Group. Read more »

The Jewish Week: Just Like a Prayer

One congregation experiements with visual t'filah and finds it was just what they were looking for! Read more »

NJ Jewish News: Urging synagogues to adapt to an era of choice

With a variety of outlets and institutions for Jews to find expression for their Judaism, synagogues must adapt to changing trends if they are to have a future, said the URJ's Rabbi Elliott Kleinman. Read more »


New aid going to Greek-Jewish community

The Jewish Agency will provide emergency aid to the Jewish community of Greece facing a serious financial crisis. Read more »

Will Israel's Supreme Court tilt conservative after Dorit Beinisch leaves?

As Israeli Supreme Court president Dorit Beinisch steps down from her post as chief justice, a battle is raging to limit the court's power -- or at least fill it with more conservative justices. Read more »

Pro-Israel voices joining bid to get Iranian dissident group off U.S. terror list

The Mujahedin-e Khalq, a controversial Iranian dissident group, is adding prominent pro-Israel figures to its campaign to get off the State Department's list of foreign terrorist organizations. Read more »

URJ Webinars

Early Childhood Education

Spotlight: Early Childhood Education

This month, the URJ highlights Early Childhood Education resources. Read more »

New Institute for Early Childhood Educators to Launch this Spring!

The Jewish Early Childhood Leadership Education Institute (JECELI) is recruiting aspiring Jewish early childhood educators for 15 months of intensive professional development. Read more »

Re-Evaluating Early Childhood Education: Facing Today's Challenges

URJ's Early Childhood Education Specialist Cathy Rolland invites you to ponder: What are the greatest challenges facing your congregation's early childhood center, and how is your leadership dealing with them? Read more »

Early Childhood Centers and URJ Camps: Let's Get Together!

Learn about the ECE-Camp Caravan, a think tank that is developing creative ways for early childhood centers and camps to collaborate. Read more »

Torah for Tots: Got Shabbat

Got Shabbat is early childhood educators' and parents' go-to guide for teaching Torah to tots. Visit the Got Shabbat mainpage for Shabbat resources and be sure to peruse the Parshiyot Library for a Got Shabbat for nearly every parashah. Read more »

Tot ShabbatFrom URJ Books and Music: The Tot Shabbat Handbook

Engaging and retaining young families is key to the life of every synagogue. This practical guide offers real-world tips from experts in the field. Read more »

Connect with Families through Early Childhood Engagement

Early childhood engagement provides a rich opportunity to involve current and prospective congregational members. Read more »


Love in the Movement: Reform Judaism Magazine Spring '12

Who is the first man in the Torah to “love” a woman?  What does the “Sage of Love,” Rabbi Akiva, teach us about the ideal of human love?  Read about these topics and more in RJ’s new issue. Read more »

Submit your own story of
Love in the Movement »

Engage Teens in Social Action
This Summer

Teen participants in NFTY's Mitzvah Corps can volunteer in communities in need across the US or mentor fellow teens with Autism at Kutz Camp. Read more »

New from Women of Reform Judaism: Highlights from the
WRJ 2011 Assembly

Clips and Photos highlighting great presenters and programs at WRJ's 48th Assembly in 2011. Read more »

Registration is now open for the most popular URJ training opportunities:


Why Religious Conservatives Embrace the Language of Religious War

Rabbi Eric Yoffie: "I am no pacifist. Wars are necessary sometimes, whether of words or of military might. But religions don't look for wars where they don't exist, and they never thrive on military metaphors." Read more »

Religious AND Spiritual

Rabbi Rex Perlmeter responds to Rabbi Eric Yoffie's recent blog post entitled "Religious but not Spiritual." Rabbi Perlmeter insists, "We can have it both ways. We must have it both ways." Read more »

D'var Torah: T'tzaveh:
The Bell of the Ball

Why does Parashah T'tzaveh spend so much time describing the priestly garments? Rabbi Lucy H. F. Dinner examines some of the messages they send in this week's Torah reading. Read more »

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