Inside Leadership

Inside Leadership
Many people sitting in a circle on the grass with their hands in the middle

Throughout the process of forming what would become the Multiracial Sinai Committee at Temple Sinai in Washington, D.C., people often asked us “Did something happen?” They assumed that the formation of a committee dedicated to embracing and celebrating our multiracial community must have come in response to some horrifying racist incident that required us to take organizational action.

Rabbi Hannah L. Goldstein: For a long time, I responded, “No, nothing happened. We just realized that this is important, and...

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Rainbow pride flag with Jewish star in the middle

At a recent Pride Shabbat, among our many blessings we explored Parashah Sh’lach L’cha and celebrated the last weekend of LGBTQIA Pride month together. If you are unfamiliar with that acronym, LGBTQIA stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual. For brevity, many in our community use the umbrella term “queer.”

The week’s portion was rich and full. God commands Moses to send spies to scout out...

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Hurricane as seen from overhead

As we watch the predictions and follow preparations for Tropical Storm (as of now) Barry, the URJ stands ready to assist congregations before, during, and after this expected storm.

Our primary message right now is for congregations in the predicted path of the storm to please stay in touch and share updates, as you are able, in the Tropical Storm Barry Response Group in The Tent. We have learned that by continually assessing the situation on the ground, we can determine...

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Cardboard cutout of house held up by hands; sunlight streaming in the windows

For the last several years, I have been a fan of Chelsea Feuchs, who, first as a communications professional with the Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA) and more recently as a first-year rabbinic student at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Jerusalem, has contributed frequently to the blog on, most often for Ten Minutes of Torah.

I eagerly...

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Contact: Lauren Theodore at 212-650-4154

New York, NY; July 11, 2019 - Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) President Rabbi Rick Jacobs and Chair of the Board of Trustees Daryl Messinger announced today that Ruben Arquilevich will assume the newly created role of Vice President of URJ Camps, NFTY, and Immersive Experiences.

Each year, nearly 20,000 Reform Jewish youth, teens, and young adults...

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