Rabbi Rick Jacobs speaking at a podium before a rally with a sign that reads NO HATE NO FEAR
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Throughout Jewish history, in every place where we Jews have lived we have turned to Psalms or Tehillim to express the deepest yearnings of our hearts.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
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October 10, 2019; New York, NY - Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

Rabbi Dena Feingold with her brother and sister-in-law at the tree dedication at her congregation in Wisconsin

Our congregation dedicated a living memorial, a tree, to “keep alive” the memory of those who lost their lives to hate and violence at the Pittsburgh synagogue last fall.

Rabbi Dena A. Feingold
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The news of today’s shooting at Chabad of Poway, targeting innocent people during a Passover celebration, breaks our hearts anew.

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Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement on behalf of the Union for Reform Judaism, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, and the wider Reform Movement institutions:

“We welcome today’s House resolution condemning anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim bigotry and other forms of hate. Importantly, the resolution makes clear that these hatreds, though centuries old, feed on and legitimize each other, inflamed in our time by forces on the left and right. There is no place for these, or any form of hate in our society, no matter the source.

Tree-planting ceremony to remember the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting victims

The 11 innocent victims who were killed in the Tree of Life tragedy must not be put aside. It is our responsibility to remember; it is our obligation never to forget.

David Feingold
The author holding a Torah scroll on the bimah of Temple Emanu-El in Dothan, Alabama

The headline alone told me the story in The Washington Post would be about Temple Emanu-El, the congregation in Dothan, AL, where I had served as the rabbi for 10 years.

Rabbi Lynne Downey Goldsmith
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This dramatic increase in anti-Semitic incidents strongly correlates with the deadly uptick in all forms of racism and bigotry. 

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
Childrens hands touching one adult hand

Here is my plan, all or parts of which you may wish to replicate in your own congregation in the days to come

Anne Berman-Waldorf