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Row of Israeli flags on flagpoles, blowing in the breeze

As we celebrate Israel’s independence this week, here are two things your congregation can do right now to help strengthen Israel as a pluralistic, democratic society.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
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Union for Reform Judaism President Rabbi Rick Jacobs statement following the results of Israel’s general election: "The Israeli elections show that the country is divided on issues of critical importance to the future of the State..." 

Three Israeli wedding couples under the chuppahs at Washington Hebrew Congregation on March 26, 2019

This past week, I spent a significant amount of time thinking about love for Israel -- my own and that of our Reform Jewish community.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
The author (on the left) with other Women of Reform Judaism members in Israel

Earlier this month a group of Women of Reform Judaism leaders traveled to Israel, enjoying overwhelmingly positive experiences at sites throughout the country.

Rabbi Marla J. Feldman
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NEW YORK, March 20, 2019 — 

Israeli and American flags blended into one image

Join us in late March, just two weeks before the Israeli general elections, for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) annual conference in Washington, D.C.

Rabbi Josh Weinberg
Rabbi Rick Jacobs visits with Heller High students in Israel

On a brief trip to Israel last week, I met with leaders, students, and colleagues -- all to build ties between North American Jews and the land and people of Israel.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
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The Reform Movement strongly condemns the recent initiative of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to bring loyalists of racist Rabbi Meir Kahane into the Knesset. Those who espouse an ideology of hate, intolerance, and incite violence have no place in the Jewish State let alone in her government. 

Silhouette of three women cheering against a sunset

For this International Women's Day, consider celebrating the achievements of Women of the Wall, in addition to honoring the women in your sisterhood and congregation.

Alyson Malinger
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In North America, we take for granted freedom of choice in marriage. Not so in Israel, where it is wholly controlled by the Orthodox Chief Rabbinate.

URJ Staff