current events

current events

Dozens of teens standing on the Tallahassee Capitol steps wearing PARKLAND STRONG signs and carry gun violence prevention signs

We will tell our grandchildren about this one day, NFTY. What will you be able to say?

Zoe Terner
Hand sin the darkness holding a candle

The Reform Jewish community faced the tragic task last week of burying our own: Among the 17 people gunned down in last Wednesday’s Parkland school shooting were Reform Jewish teens and a teacher.

Zachary Herrmann
Senator Elizabeth Warren wearing a red blazer against a blue background with the Union for Reform Judaism name and logo

It is an honor to fight alongside you, today, tomorrow and every day as we battle to make our government work for all of us. 

Sen. Elizabeth Warren
Satellite view of Hurricane Irma over Florida and the Caribbean

As the storm waters from Hurricane Irma recede, the full extent of her impact is becoming more and more apparent. 

Mark J. Pelavin & Amy Asin
Palm trees bending against strong winds as ocean water laps against them in a storm

As this week comes to a close and we prepare to welcome Shabbat, we’d like to share an update on the Reform Movement’s work in responding to Hurricane Harvey. 

Mark J. Pelavin & Amy Asin
Tallit, machzor (High Holiday prayer book), traditional head covering, and shofar

For the Jewish community, the balmy days of summer are far from relaxing, perhaps never more so than this year, as we grappled with the meaning of the

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
Satellite view of Hurricane Harvey hitting Texas

We are now starting to get accurate reports of the damage – and they are staggering. Building on our initial response, here are a few new developments and details.

Mark J. Pelavin
Lighted faces of teenagers holding candles in the dark

It is in these moments of darkness that Jewish tradition compels us to be brave, to seek the light. We are, as we read in Zechariah 9:12, asirei hatikvah, prisoners of hope.  

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner
Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism

Let me not mince words: He’s a narcissistic, unstable tyrant who hates migrant workers and has instituted oppressive policies that endanger their lives. Almost everyone liked his predecessor but it’s a new day. 

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
President Obama speaking with Secretary of State John Kerry

The administration’s regretful and wrong-headed, although not unprecedented, decision to abstain rather than veto a deeply problematic Security Council resolution affected the way most American Jews and Israelis heard Kerry’s speech.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs