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Celebrating 150 Years of Harmony in Denver

Crystal Hill
Established in 1874, Denver's Temple Emanuel is celebrating 150 years of heritage, harmony, and home in 2024. The congregation holds the distinctions of being the largest and oldest Jewish community in the Rocky Mountain region.

Shaping Sacred Partnerships

Rabbi Paula Winnig

“When two people sit together and there are words of Torah between them, the Shechinah (Divine Presence) dwells among them” (Pirkei Avot 3:2). 

These words from “Ethics of Our Ancestors” remind us of the essence of the sacred partnership and relationship

A Message of Support

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
While we recognize that the deep conflict between Israelis and Palestinians will not be resolved over the summer, we believe that come the fall, college campuses must once again be safe for all students - and this includes Jewish students living their Jewish commitments openly and proudly.

It’s Time to Drop the Nostalgia

Rabbi Esther L. Lederman
"Stop being nostalgic for the past and start helping to build what is already happening, because it's happening, with or without you. And we want you with us."

Passover 2024: The Three Central Messages of Pesach

Dr. Georgette Bennett
The Exodus story is the master narrative of the Jewish people. As most of us know, it tells the story of the Hebrew slaves in Egypt and the rise of Moses as their liberator. It reminds us that in 2024, the universality of Passover's three-part message again reverberates through the generations: freedom, love, and justice.

Modern-Day Plagues of Injustice and Inequality

Rabbi Michael Namath
On Passover, we recount the Ten Plagues that were inflicted upon the Egyptian people. Here are some of the "plagues" and injustices that afflict our present-day society -- and actions you can take.

Setting Your Leaders Up For Success

Gila Hadani
It's board nomination season again! Time to compile lists, get recommendations, and start calling the future leaders of your congregation. The URJ has resources, advice, and initiatives to set you and your board up for success.