Jewish Values

Jewish Values

Blue key on computer keyboard that says Code of Ethics in white letters

The Union for Reform Judaism encourages congregations to develop and implement a code of ethics that everyone must abide by to participate in the community.

Dr. Steve Weitz
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What specific aspects of improving our sacred community do you feel most compelled to take on? With whom do you want to perform this work, and how do you plan on assembling your team?

Chris Harrison
Three teenage boys wearing URJ 6 Points Sports Academy shirts

On February 14, 2018, everything changed: That’s the day 17 people were killed in the shooting at my school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSD) in Parkland, FL.

Jason Halpern
Woman holding a handwritten sign that says We Are All Made in the Image of God

We;ve renewed and relaunched the Brit Olam with multiple entry points for communities to advance justice at the local, state, provincial, and federal levels, and to ground this work in Jewish text and tradition.

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

Rabbi Ofek Meri