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Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism, issued the statement below in response to the Polish government's approval of a new law barring discussion of Polish responsibility during the Holocaust:

We were deeply disheartened by the Polish government’s approval of a new law that not only bars reference to “Polish death camps” but to discussion of the responsibility of Polish citizens during the Holocaust.

Organizations of the Reform Jewish Movement, the largest movement in Jewish life, issued a statement strongly urging the Israeli government to reverse its decision and recognize the legitimate status of the 37,885 asylum seekers in the country. 

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Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism, responds to recent statements by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas: We condemn unequivocally President Abbas’ recent statements rejecting the Jewish people’s connections with Israel, denying the legitimacy of a Jewish State of Israel, and promulgating conspiracy theories about the creation of the State of Israel. 

 

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Today, the Reform Jewish Movement, represented by the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), and the Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA), issued the following statement:

We strongly commend President Trump and Ambassador Haley for the United States’ veto of the Security Council resolution on Tuesday and the strong U.S. opposition, in the General Assembly deliberations yesterday, to statements repudiating President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Israeli flag blowing against the blue sky

The title of a recent article was “It’s time to show a little love,” but the truth is that there was no love or integrity in what the author wrote.

Rabbi Gilad Kariv
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Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism, delivered a d’var Torah focused on a wide range of important topics about Israel during Shabbat morning worship at the Union for Reform Judaism Biennial 2017 convention on December 9, 2017. 

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Statement from Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism, following a speech by Turkish President Erdogan: "President Erdogan’s tirade was devoid of fact and ridden with hatred and incitement. We condemn it in the harshest terms and call on all lovers of peace to join with us in condemnation."

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Rabbi Rick Jacobs, URJ President, responds to President Trump's statement about Jerusalem and the U.S. Embassy today.

The statement below is issued by Union for Reform Judaism President Rabbi Rick Jacobs on behalf of the organizations of the Reform Jewish Movement, the largest movement in Jewish life:

President Trump’s ill-timed, but expected, announcement affirms what the Reform Jewish Movement has long held: that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish people and the State of Israel.

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URJ today released preliminary findings from two important surveys concerning the effectiveness of its work in priority areas: Israel and Youth Engagement. On the eve of the largest URJ Biennial ever, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, URJ Presidents says, “Our work raising up the next generation of Jewish leaders in North America and advocating for religious pluralism in Israel are among our very highest priorities, and we are proud to see that these authoritative surveys provide data to support what we have long thought to be true: The URJ’s work in these areas is making a profound difference. Individually, and especially when viewed together, they make a strong, data-driven argument that the Reform Movement is making great progress on priority concerns.”