Jewish Life

Jewish Life

A group of high school students sitting on the floor, each holding a guitar

The URJ has launched four experiments to celebrate how teens gather and lead; the experiments' early lessons will help us deepen the impact of these endeavors.

Michelle Shapiro Abraham
Bright and airy desktop with a laptop screen open to an animated Shaboom Shabbat video

The Union for Reform Judaism is honored to announce that BimBam’s library of more than 400 original videos will remain online and be integrated onto our educational website,

Cathy Rolland
A row of black pencils, points upward, with one taller yellow one in the middle

As a rabbi, I ruminate over these questions: What should synagogue life include? What should comprise a fulfilling year in the life of a synagogue?

Rabbi Daniel G. Zemel
Four somber teen girls holding handmade gun violence prevention signs

We are proud of the progress we have made, and we continue to lead the fight to end gun violence in every community – and, ultimately, to create a safer future for the generations that come after us.

Jess Becker and Zoe Terner
Rustic wood chuppah adorned with roses and greenery in a field with mountains in the background

Since Reform clergy are expert bridge-builders, it’s a natural to connect them to engaged couples for wedding officiation and Jewish engagement.

Rabbi Julie Zupan
Tree-planting ceremony to remember the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting victims

The 11 innocent victims who were killed in the Tree of Life tragedy must not be put aside. It is our responsibility to remember; it is our obligation never to forget.

David Feingold
White computer keyboard featuring three blue buttons with varying disability symbols

Every February, Jewish communities worldwide join to advocate for inclusion of people with disabilities and mental health conditions to be active participants in Jewish life. 

Shelley Christensen
The author holding a Torah scroll on the bimah of Temple Emanu-El in Dothan, Alabama

The headline alone told me the story in The Washington Post would be about Temple Emanu-El, the congregation in Dothan, AL, where I had served as the rabbi for 10 years.

Rabbi Lynne Downey Goldsmith
2018 written in fireworks

With 2019 coming up quickly, we’ve rounded up the top Reform Movement stories of 2018.

Kate Kaput
Baby boomers involved in a synagogue band on the bimah

For congregation seeking to undertake or advance endeavors to engage baby boomers, here are four insights to keep in mind.  

Julie Lambert, RJE, and Stuart Himmelfarb