In 1996, in an effort to realize his vision of creating a literate and involved Reform Jewish community, then UAHC President Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie inaugurated the Department of Adult Jewish Growth and chose Rabbi Lawrence Raphael, formerly a dean at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), to serve as its founding director. At the end of his tenure at the Union in 2002, Rabbi Raphael became senior rabbi at Congregation Sherith Israel in San Francisco, CA.
Rabbi Raphael, z”l, died on...Read More
"Audacious hospitality isn’t just a temporary act of kindness so people don’t feel excluded. It’s an ongoing invitation to be part of community – and a way to transform ourselves spiritually in the process.” Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president, Union for Reform Judaism
Audacious Hospitality, a pillar of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), is based on the belief that when we welcome and incorporate fully the diversity that is a reality of modern Jewish life, we create a stronger, more vibrant Jewish...Read More
A year ago this March, our lives changed forever. We marched on Capitol Hill, we walked out of our schools, we demanded that our representatives listen. For our friends in Parkland, for our siblings, for our children, for our teachers, and for ourselves, we committed to making a change. We had no other choice.
This fight has made such a difference in our world. We saw an injustice in our society, and so NFTY – The Reform Jewish Youth Movement did what it has always done: We got to work.
Five hundred NFTYites – spanning all 50 states –...Read More
I’m writing too many eulogies for teachers of mine these days. But when I heard that Larry Raphael had died on Sunday, I wanted to put some thoughts into writing, for he was truly special.
Larry was a dean at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) when I arrived at the New York campus in the early 90s. He published a few anthologies of Jewish mystery writing (his great passion), and it was fun to talk books with him. He taught professional development classes to rabbinical students, but those are not the lessons that I most...Read More
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March 15, 2019 – Following the attacks on the Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, Union for Reform Judaism President Rabbi Rick Jacobs issued the following statement:
Yet again the world is shaken by extremist violence against innocent people at prayer, targeted in deadly acts of hatred. Too often we have been sickened that sacred places of worship have become sites of slaughter. A few months ago the massacre happened in a synagogue on a Saturday in...Read More
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