Press Releases and Statements

Press Releases and Statements

New York, NY; July 11, 2019 - Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) President Rabbi Rick Jacobs and Chair of the Board of Trustees Daryl Messinger announced today that Ruben Arquilevich will assume the newly created role of Vice President of URJ Camps, NFTY, and Immersive Experiences.

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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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The news of today’s shooting at Chabad of Poway, targeting innocent people during a Passover celebration, breaks our hearts anew.

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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..." 

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For the first time since 2017’s wildfires, URJ Camp Newman campers will be able to enjoy time outdoors at their home campus in Santa Rosa this summer.

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ReformJudaism.org, the Union for Reform Judaism’s flagship educational website reaching more than three million visitors annually, will steward all digital storytelling content produced by award-winning digital studio BimBam beginning April 2.

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https://wrj.org/reform-jewish-women-call-stronger-policies-and-enforcement-put-end-sexual-harassment-within-jewish

Statement of URJ Chair Daryl Messinger and URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs: https://wrj.org/reform-jewish-women-call-stronger-policies-and-enforcement-put-end-sexual-harassment-within-jewish"We read today’s story in The New York Times about Michael Steinhardt with concern and outrage. We applaud the courage of the women who have come forward to describe their experiences. We believe them, sympathize with them, and support them."

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NEW YORK, March 20, 2019 — 

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Following the attacks on the Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, Union for Reform Judaism President Rabbi Rick Jacobs issued the following statement: Yet again the world is shaken by extremist violence against innocent people at prayer, targeted in deadly acts of hatred. Too often we have been sickened that sacred places of worship have become sites of slaughter. A few months ago the massacre happened in a synagogue on a Saturday in Pittsburgh, this time in mosques on a Friday in New Zealand.