Audacious Hospitality

Audacious Hospitality

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We started as five people active in social justice work who were trying to figure out what it means to be white, living in a society rooted in structural racism and inequality.

Deitra Reiser and Rabbi Hannah L. Goldstein
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As Jewish leaders, we are tasked with improving our congregations and communities for everyone within them; listening to our members’ feedback, requests, and concerns, with the intent of understanding them, is the first step in the process of making improvements. 

Chris Harrison and Deborah Niederman, RJE
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After several synagogue shootings, American Jews are grappling with the need to keep our communities safe and to remain open and welcoming to seekers of all backgrounds.

Bryant Heinzelman and Rachel Hall
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During Pride Month, members of the URJ’s JewV’Nation Fellowship LGBTQIA+ Cohort talk about what makes them feel most welcome in Jewish spaces – and how our communities can do and be even better going forward.

Chris Harrison
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One way to support graduating high school seniors is to have them complete the URJ College Class of 2019 Form so they receive updates from the URJ about new programs, opportunities, and resources to stay connected to Reform Jewish life.

Evan Traylor
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Since Reform clergy are expert bridge-builders, it’s a natural to connect them to engaged couples for wedding officiation and Jewish engagement.

Rabbi Julie Zupan
Introduction to Judaism classes

Learn how the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) is expanding resources devoted to in-person offerings of A Taste of Judaism® and Introduction to Judaism classes.

Rabbi Julie Zupan
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The Wholly Jewish podcast from explores what we all have in common as we live and balance complex and nuanced identities. It’s these varied identities that, when braided together, make us wholly ourselves – and “Wholly Jewish.”

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Every February, Jewish communities worldwide join to advocate for inclusion of people with disabilities and mental health conditions to be active participants in Jewish life. 

Shelley Christensen
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