Israel

Israel

We join with our Israeli brothers and sisters, the worldwide family of the Jewish people, and friends of Israel everywhere, to mark with joy the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel.  

Rabbi Rick Jacobs at the Kotel (Western Wall)

Israel helps me retain my optimism. Whenever I land there, I never fail to feel a slight buckling in my knees, the joy of returning to that marvelous, confounding place.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
Group photo of early childhood educators in Israel

A recent visit to Israel by early childhood educators enriched our ability to engage the next generation of Jews with a rich and meaningful dialogue around Israel.

Jennie Rubin
Hands in shadow of sunset holding Israeli flags on sticks

As Israel marks 70 years, here are seven ways (one for each decade!) to engage your congregation in celebrating the country and her people -- now and throughout the year.

Jane E. Herman
Press Release

Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism, issued the statement below in response to recent violence in Gaza: The ongoing escalation on the Gazan border is tragic and dangerous for both Israelis and Palestinians.

Press Release

Rabbi Rick Jacobs: "We applaud all those who demonstrated and raised their voices to promote a just solution for those seeking asylum in Israel." 

Press Release

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. 

 

Press Release

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.