Jewish Values

Jewish Values

Many people sitting in a circle on the grass with their hands in the middle

We started as five people active in social justice work who were trying to figure out what it means to be white, living in a society rooted in structural racism and inequality.

Deitra Reiser and Rabbi Hannah L. Goldstein
Hurricane as seen from overhead

As we watch the predictions and follow preparations for Tropical Storm Barry, the URJ stands ready to assist congregations before, during, and after this expected storm.

Amy Asin
Cardboard cutout of house held up by hands; sunlight streaming in the windows

Although my wife and I relocated to southern California three years ago, we left many friends at our “former synagogue,” although I do not like referring to it that way.

Jared Goldin
Closeup of a man with a hand to his ear as if listening

As Jewish leaders, we are tasked with improving our congregations and communities for everyone within them; listening to our members’ feedback, requests, and concerns, with the intent of understanding them, is the first step in the process of making improvements. 

Chris Harrison and Deborah Niederman, RJE
Parents blessing their children at a Shabbat dinner program knows as Challah in the ‘Chood,

Learn how one congregation with geographically dispersed members maximized its reach in a world with increasing competition for people’s time and energy.

Rabbi Joel Simon
Open Torah scroll with reading pointing a silver yad at the text

Learn from one of his students about Rabbi Reuven Samuels, z”l, who was instrumental in founding Reform Judaism in Israel.

Rabbi Ofek Meri
Rabbi Dena Feingold with her brother and sister-in-law at the tree dedication at her congregation in Wisconsin

Our congregation dedicated a living memorial, a tree, to “keep alive” the memory of those who lost their lives to hate and violence at the Pittsburgh synagogue last fall.

Rabbi Dena A. Feingold
Closeup of a blue and white prayer shawl

We are who we are, equally capable in our abilities to preside at liminal, sacred moments of our people no matter the biology or gender identification we carry.

Rabbi Esther L. Lederman
Rainbow Pride flag against a blue sky

During Pride Month, members of the URJ’s JewV’Nation Fellowship LGBTQIA+ Cohort talk about what makes them feel most welcome in Jewish spaces – and how our communities can do and be even better going forward.

Chris Harrison
Somewhat abstract image of the inside of a large pipe

Here are some useful answers to one of the questions congregational leaders ask most: “How can we find new leaders?”

Lisa Lieberman Barzilai, RJE