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A culture of philanthropy focuses on our sacred responsibility to provide Jewishly meaningful experiences that place the donor – not the congregation – at the center.

Rabbi Louis Feldstein, Michael H. Goldberg, and Robin Riegelhaupt
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The Union for Reform Judaism (the URJ) and The Kraus Family Foundation today announced the formation of the Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus Initiative for Immigrant and Refugee Justice. Eighty years ago, in 1939, the Krauses followed their consciences to Austria and Germany to rescue the largest group of unaccompanied minors brought to the United States in the lead up to World War II. Their story serves as inspiration to generations of the Kraus family and, through this new initiative being launched on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah), will now also provide a framework to activate and galvanize greater action across the Reform Jewish Movement amidst the current immigration and refugee crisis.

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Please consider helping in the following ways, which will best serve those impacted by providing basic living essentials and relocation/emergency aid as the region begins to recover.

Kate Bigam

Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) President Rabbi Rick Jacobs and Chair of the Board of Trustees Daryl Messinger announced today that Riva Silverman will join the URJ’s executive leadership team as Vice President of Philanthropy. 

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To all those facing challenges as we begin 5778, we know you join us in praying for peace, wholeness, and health for everyone. 

    Mark J. Pelavin and Amy Asin
    Satellite view of Hurricane Irma over Florida and the Caribbean

    As the storm waters from Hurricane Irma recede, the full extent of her impact is becoming more and more apparent. 

    Mark J. Pelavin & Amy Asin
    Satellite view of Hurricane Harvey hitting Texas

    We are now starting to get accurate reports of the damage – and they are staggering. Building on our initial response, here are a few new developments and details.

    Mark J. Pelavin
    Happy children and adults with a shopping cart inside a Kohls

    One Sunday morning, 50 Congregation Or Ami families hosted 50 New Directions for Youth for lunch, shopping, and connection for Holiday Childspree at Kohl’s, an annual tradition of tzedakah (charitable giving) and gemilut chasadim (acts of lovingkindness).

    Rabbi Paul Kipnes
    Children light the menorah at a congregational Hanukkah party

    The URJ stands for an open and inclusive Judaism– and we believe there is more than one authentic way to be Jewish.

    Rabbi Rick Jacobs

    Begun on November 27, 2012, #GivingTuesday was created by the team at the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at the 92nd Street Y as an antidote to the conspicuous consumption of its counterparts, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. 

    Beginning with 2,500 organizations, #GivingTuesday’s popularity has skyrocketed and last year 27,000 different organizations participated. This year, #GivingTuesday falls on November 29th

    Here are seven tips to get your congregation’s community involved in the year’s biggest day of giving.