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Rabbi Rick Jacobs at the Kotel (Western Wall)
Teens take the bimah

Teens across the country have been leading the way in taking action to prevent gun violence – we’ve been meeting with legislators, organizing marches and rallies, and mobilizing our peers at school and on our college campuses. Inspired by the initiative of one congregation in a community plagued by gun violence, last month we called on the Reform Movement to invite teens to speak from the bimah. As Zoe Terner, NFTY Social Action Vice President-Elect...

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April 18, 2018 - The statement below is issued by the organizations of the Reform Jewish Movement, the largest movement in Jewish life:

We join with our Israeli brothers and sisters, the worldwide family of the Jewish people, and friends of Israel everywhere, to mark with joy the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel.  

We take this moment to renew and reaffirm our Movement-wide commitment to ahavat Yisrael (love for the land and people of Israel), through our words, by personally studying and traveling in Israel, and by providing financial and...

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Rabbi Rick Jacobs at the Kotel (Western Wall)

This is Israel’s annual season of solemnity and celebration, an extraordinary time when the nation moves from sadness to joy, from remembrance to hope. Beginning last week with Yom HaShoah, the day that commemorates those who died in the Holocaust, and continuing this week as Israel mourns its own war dead and immediately celebrates the creation of the state the next day, on Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtazmaut...

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Group photo of early childhood educators in Israel

From the earliest days of the Early Childhood Educators of Reform Judaism (ECE-RJ), we have dreamed about holding a conference in Israel. This year, in honor of our 18th year, our team made it happen and I was privileged, as president, to be part of that team.

I was joined by 40 educators (31 directors and nine teachers), from across North America – some of whom were making their first visit to Israel. Like me, my colleagues hoped to gain professional and personal knowledge, be inspired, and connect to each other, as well as to the...

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Three teen boys holding signs that read REFORM JEWISH STUDENTS SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

On March 24, thousands of Reform Jews joined together in Washington, D.C., and in cities around the world in support of the March for Our Lives. Led by our high school and college students, we spent Shabbat engaged in social justice work and, as Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel said, “prayed with our feet” to end the scourge of gun violence.  

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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.