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Graduating seniors standing behind fifth graders as they pass candles down to the younger class

“This is my home.”

On Erev Shavuot, this phrase was repeated over and over by our graduating seniors as they spoke to the congregation.

Many years ago, we made the decision to eliminate tenth-grade confirmation and focus solely on a twelfth-grade graduation service. This shift allowed for a graduation ceremony that was filled with reflection and marked a true transition in their lives, rather than one we created.

Every year, each of our...

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Yael Farber, the Director of Youth Engagement at the Community Synagogue of Rye, and her supervisor, Rabbi Leora Frankel participated in the URJ’s Youth Professional 101 Fellowship (YP101) this past year. Coming out of the experience, they took some time to reflect – here’s what they had to say:

The work that we do as youth engagement professionals can sometimes feel idiosyncratic or lonely, but we’ve learned that by having regular touchpoints with others in the field, we can stay connected, discover new ideas, and find helpful partners.  ...

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Campers at URJ Jacobs Camp

Summer is just getting started, so why are we already thinking about what happens when it’s over? Like so many campers and summer program participants (and the adults who staff them), we want summer to last forever. At the same time, we know how much there is to look forward to when our kids and teens return from their summer adventures, bringing their unbridled enthusiasm for Jewish life with them into our congregations.

Here’s a sneak peek of five things to expect at the end of the summer:

  1. Confident, Inspired Kids: After spending a summer gaining independence, making...
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Sign outside polling place that says: Vote Here

As the 2018 election season begins, the Reform Movement is launching a powerful, nonpartisan civic engagement campaign. This effort is grounded in the Deuteronomic injunction: “You shall not hide yourself” (22:3), which implies that when our nation and world face challenges, we cannot turn away and we cannot hide. The Babylonian Talmud comments on this verse: “When the community is in trouble, a person should not say, ‘I will go into my house and eat and drink and be at peace with myself’” (Masechet Taanit, 11a).

Voting is vital if we are to be responsible for our society and...

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The pall covering a coffin in the sanctuary of Temple Isaiah in Lexington, MA

In the fall of 2015, I was one of 11 women who responded to a “calling all quilters” ad in the bulletin of Temple Isaiah in Lexington, MA. The congregation encourages families to select plain pine coffins for their loved ones. Several years ago, when the Bereavement Committee wanted a pall, or coffin cover, for families to use during the funeral, the committee chair reached out to a quilter, Evy Megerman, the congregant who placed the ad and spearheaded and coordinated all facets of the project.

We had varying levels of quilting...

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Inside Leadership, the blog at URJ.org, is a source for Reform Jewish leaders to get the latest news and though-provoking articles about Jewish communal life.