As conversations continue about how to best help you prepare for the High Holiday season, we want to offer a bit of a timeline and framework for the upcoming months. We would like to help you ask the right questions, arrive at the right answers for your communities, and support you in implementing the plan you determine is best.
With no large gatherings or festive parades through the streets, how do we celebrate? It’s important to remember that LGBTQIA+ Pride itself is not something that can be cancelled, and there are many ways your congregation can safely celebrate and honor LGBTQIA+ Jews and our families.
As COVID-19-related challenges escalate, we ask how our methodology and experience might shield the Jewish community from partisan torches and pitchforks. Here’s an approach to healthy decision-making under these circumstances.
The Reform Movement has come together to create a variety of digital experiences – including discussion, music, prayer, and poetry – designed to help you observe Shavuot from home or with your congregation in ways that are thoughtful, meaningful, and spiritually engaging.
Whether you want to master a new skill that has suddenly become essential to your work or are trying to get a new congregational leader up to speed, the following URJ resources and tools may be helpful to you – always, but especially during this time.
While nothing can replace the feeling of being together at camp, the URJ is committed to offering a virtual camp experience this summer to ensure that the ties that bind campers to one another and to their summer home remain as strong as ever.
Rabbi Rick Jacobs, Jennifer Brodkey Kaufman, Ruben Arquilevich, Shelley Niceley Groff
More than two million people are currently living behind bars in America. From Rikers Island in NYC to Cook County Jail in Chicago, jails and prisons across the United States have some of the highest infection rates of COVID-19 in the world.