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May 18, 2012

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Rabbi Alona Lisitsa, in a photo from her Facebook page.

Female Reform rabbi seated on Jerusalem suburb's religious council

By Marcy Oster

Reform Rabbi Alona Lisitsa took her place on the religious council of Mevasseret Zion, a suburb of Jerusalem. Read more »


JTA: Reform, NCJW oppose GOP act on Violence Against Women

The Reform movement's Religious Action Center in an action alert asked members to urge lawmakers to oppose the House version, saying it "prioritizes some victims over others" and "is not the bipartisan solution that we seek."

JTA: Old becomes New as Couples Personalize Wedding Ceremonies

Rabbi Rex Perlmeter expressed his concern that non-rabbi officiated marriages diminish connection to community and tradition and lack the benefit of premarital counseling by clergy.

JTA: Palestinian Prisoners End Hunger Strike

The agreement completed Monday afternoon ends a 28-day strike by at least 1,400 Palestinian prisoners.

Tablet: Rallying Against the Internet

Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews are rallying against the Internet. The URJ's Mark Pelavin believes education and not censorship is the best way to protect young people from online danger.

Facebook IPO: Good for the Jews?

The story of Facebook’s impact on the Jewish world ultimately may be about the ways it is prompting Jews to change how they organize communities.

RAC Blog: Torat Hamelech

Anat Hoffman warns about rabbis inciting hate and violence in the name of Jewish law

Reform Judaism magazineReform Judaism
Magazine Summer Issue

The URJ's new president Rabbi Rick Jacobs reflects on his formative experiences, the lessons he has learned about personal and synagogue transformation, his vision for the future of the URJ and the Reform Movement, and his determination to surmount the monumental challenges on the road ahead.

Also in this issue:


Discussions on RJ Blog

Why is This Visit to The Rashi School
Different From All Other Visits by Rabbi Jonah Pesner

Who's Coming to Israel this Summer? I Am!

Finding God Through Sports

URJ Camp Coleman Connects with Gilad Shalit

Learning Opportunities

Jewish Parenting Podcast: Dr. Shana Erenberg: Explaining Special Needs to Others

RYPA Webinar on May 23: Professionalizing The Youth Professional; Presenter: Rabbi Melissa Zalkin Stollman

Spaces are still available for campers and staff at URJ Camp and Israel programs!

In the News

St. Louis Jewish Light: In groundbreaking collaboration, pre-teen girls across Jewish denominations participate in after-school program


40 Years of Women on the Bimah40 Years of Women on the Bimah

Throughout May, the URJ is paying homage to the role of women in the rabbinate in advance of the 40th anniversary of the ordination of Rabbi Sally Priesand. Look to many of our resources below, join the conversations on RJ Blog, use #JewishWoman on Twitter, or comment on our Facebook wall about the Jewish leaders who have impacted your life.

Discussions on RJ Blog

Before the First: Celebrating the Women Who Banged on the Doors by Rabbi Marla Feldman

The Judaism My Mother Waited For by Rabbi Victor Appell

Women of Great Imagination by Rabbi Stephanie Kolin

The First Woman Rabbi by Rabbi Bonnie Margulis


Shabbat: B'har/B'chukotai, 5772

ShavuotMay 26-27: Shavuot is the Jewish festival marking the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. Learn more.

Shavuot: A Multi-Faceted Celebration by Rabbi Marc Katz

Confirmation: Past, Present and Future by Larry Kaufman

Tweet #Torah to the Top!

JTA: Five steps to studying and learning from the Torah

JTA: Putting the Ten Commandments on display

Books and Music

Ruth: A Modern CommentaryRuth: A Modern Commentary

Traditionally read on Shavuot, this chronicle of loss and despair, love, romance, and hope, includes themes and lessons applicable to the lives of contemporary readers. Use code Shavuot at checkout for 10% off.

May 28: U.S. Memorial Day


Registration is now open for these popular URJ training opportunities:

Ben Cohen headshot.jpgWebinar: From the Bierkeller to the Bistro - The Changing Face of Antisemitism

May 23: Discussion with political writer Ben Cohen on why antisemitism persists.

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