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Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel Shlomo Amar
(Miriam Alster/Flash90 for JTA)

Israel’s Chief Rabbinate Facing
New Wave of Criticism and
Calls for Change

The latest battle over religious pluralism in Israel has unleashed a new barrage of criticism at the Orthodox-controlled Israeli Chief Rabbinate. Unlike major flare-ups in past decades, this time it’s not just the Reform and Conservative movements leading the charge -- mainstream Jewish groups with no denominational affiliations are speaking out, too.(JTA) Read More »

See also: Rabbi Jacobs: My First Trip to Israel
as President of the URJ
(RJ Blog)

REFORM MOVEMENT AND
JEWISH WORLD NEWS

Reform Engagement Strategy (The Jewish Week)

Reform Jews Reach Out to Converts Like Never Before (USA Today)

Will Healthy Debate Continue? (Jewish Exponent)

More Interfaith Marriages Being Officiated by U.S. Reform Rabbis (Ha'aretz)

Why Presbyterians Voted Against Divestment
(Jewish Daily Forward)

Superbus to Compensate Passenger Over Women's Exclusion (Y Net News)

In the Aftermath of the Colorado Firestorm (RJ Blog)

Tel Aviv

Is Your Congregation Participating in The God Survey?

Some temples are using the survey to engage members in a thoughtful discussion about God. So far 2,200 people have taken the survey – don’t let your members be left out. Take the God Survey.

SHABBAT

D'var Torah, Pinchas: The Succession of Moses

We Are All The Daughters of Zlofchad

UPCOMING HOLIDAYS

Tishah B'Av (9 Av) begins at sundown on
July 28th.
Tisha B'Av, which occurs on the 9th of Av, is a traditional day of mourning the destruction of both ancient Temples in Jerusalem. Learn More »

Tishah B'Av: Words and Visions

Making Meaning of Tisha B'Av
Through the Lens of Literature

Tu B'Av (15 Av) begins at sundown on
August 12th.

Tu B'Av, which occurs on the 15th of Av, is described in the Talmud as one of the two happiest days of the year. In ancient Israel, this day marked the beginning of the grape harvest. Today, it is celebrated as a day of love.

Tu B’Av, Cheshbon HaNefesh, and
Our Capacity for Love

WomenThe Summer Youth Experience

Throughout July, the URJ will be highlighting Reform Jewish summer youth experiences. Submit photos and stories of your Reform youth experience on Facebook!

Events & Resources

Teen Study Weekend
October 12-14, HUC-JIR Cincinnati
Teens will explore their Jewish identities while engaging with some of the Reform Movement’s most dedicated scholars and teachers.

Foundation for Jewish Camp: What Makes Jewish Camp, Well, Jewish?
Insight on how camps infuse Judaism into the daily camp routine.

Noah's Swim-a-ThonURJ Books
and Music:

Noah's Swim-a-Thon

Ann Koffsky's joyful text and bright illustrations teach young children about the values of tzedakah and perseverance, while sharing the magic of Jewish summer camp.

Blog Discussions

NFTY in Israel: The First
Steps on Our Journey


Living Judaism at URJ Camps

Fireflies Over Kutz

I Fell in Love with Judaism at Camp

The Best Tool for Jewish Living and Learning

When It Comes to Camp,
What Goes Around Comes Around

NFTY Mitzvah Corps:
The Power of People

Creating Community at
6 Points Sports Academy

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Final Chance to Receive
RJ Insider's Guide to College Life

The deadline for youth group orders and individual copies has been extended to JULY 16. Print copies will not be available after that date, so order now!
Free College Guides for
Reform Youth Groups »

Individual Copies»

Aug 9-12, HUC-JIR Cincinnati
There is still space and partial scholarships available for both the Schindler Fellows Program for Interfaith Fellows and the Kallah: Adult Learning Experience. The hotel registration deadline is July 15.

 

July 22-26: Mifgash Musicale: A Musical Happening! at HUC-JIR in Cincinnati

Aug 22: Mitkadem Digital 101:
A Webinar Demo

Aug 24-26: Nashir: NFTY Songleading Institute for Teens in Warwick, NY

Aug 26-28: Going Beyond Memory:  A Conference on Synagogue Archiving in Cincinnati, OH

Oct 14-15: ARZA Annual Meeting in Newark, NJ


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