Press Releases and Statements

Press Releases and Statements

The Reform Movement condemns President Trump’s executive order on religious freedom issues in the strongest possible terms.

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There are eight compelling reasons why the Johnson Amendment should not be changed and the current restrictions left in place.

Open book with pages that become a path in the woods
Stories We Tell

ReformJudaism.org, the flagship website of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), reaching more than two million visitors annually, has launched a new weekly podcast titled Stories We Tell.

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Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), sent the following letter today to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:

Dear Prime Minister Netanyahu:
 
I am writing to you in your capacity as Israel’' Foreign Minister, asking for clarification regarding the new law that Israel passed barring entry to non-Israeli citizens who have publicly called for boycotts of Israel, including settlement products and companies working in the settlements.

Reform Jewish Congregations are being urged to protect undocumented immigrants facing deportation. The Union for Reform Judaism’s North American Board of Trustees took this historic step in response to the growing concern about an increase in deportation activity by federal authorities and Congress’s failure to comprehensively address immigration reform. This resolution responds to the urgent need of undocumented immigrants living in fear of deportation. The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) and Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) have historically stood with immigrants and refugees, and this resolution provides guidance and support for congregations doing this vital work today. 

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In response to the Senate’s vote confirming David Friedman as the next U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), issued the following statement:

The U.S.-Israel relationship is vital to the strength of both nations. Though we opposed the nomination of David Friedman as the new U.S. Ambassador to Israel, his leadership will now be essential to maintaining and enhancing this historic bilateral relationship. We hope that, as was the case with the recent visit to Israel of Trump Administration advisor Jason Greenblatt, Mr. Friedman will engage with a range of voices and commit to openness and transparency. We will also hold Ambassador Friedman to the testimony he offered during his confirmation hearing in which he affirmed that the two-state solution remains the best possibility for peace. We couldn’t agree more that two states for two peoples living side by side in peace and security must remain the ultimate goal. We also appreciate that Mr. Friedman expressed regret for past inflammatory comments and hope that he will carry out his new responsibilities with appreciation for the diversity of voices and views in the pro-Israel community. We are committed to working with him to find areas of alignment including peace process issues and religious pluralism, to the benefit of the U.S. and Israel alike.

In response to the Senate’s vote confirming David Friedman as the next U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), issued the following statement:

The U.S.-Israel relationship is vital to the strength of both nations. Though we opposed the nomination of David Friedman as the new U.S. Ambassador to Israel, his leadership will now be essential to maintaining and enhancing this historic bilateral relationship. We hope that, as was the case with the recent visit to Israel of Trump Administration advisor Jason Greenblatt, Mr. Friedman will engage with a range of voices and commit to openness and transparency. We will also hold Ambassador Friedman to the testimony he offered during his confirmation hearing in which he affirmed that the two-state solution remains the best possibility for peace. We couldn’t agree more that two states for two peoples living side by side in peace and security must remain the ultimate goal. We also appreciate that Mr. Friedman expressed regret for past inflammatory comments and hope that he will carry out his new responsibilities with appreciation for the diversity of voices and views in the pro-Israel community. We are committed to working with him to find areas of alignment including peace process issues and religious pluralism, to the benefit of the U.S. and Israel alike.In response to the Senate’s vote confirming David Friedman as the next U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), issued the following statement:The U.S.-Israel relationship is vital to the strength of both nations. Though we opposed the nomination of David Friedman as the new U.S. Ambassador to Israel, his leadership will now be essential to maintaining and enhancing this historic bilateral relationship. We hope that, as was the case with the recent visit to Israel of Trump Administration advisor Jason Greenblatt, Mr. Friedman will engage with a range of voices and commit to openness and transparency. We will also hold Ambassador Friedman to the testimony he offered during his confirmation hearing in which he affirmed that the two-state solution remains the best possibility for peace. We couldn’t agree more that two states for two peoples living side by side in peace and security must remain the ultimate goal. We also appreciate that Mr. Friedman expressed regret for past inflammatory comments and hope that he will carry out his new responsibilities with appreciation for the diversity of voices and views in the pro-Israel community. We are committed to working with him to find areas of alignment including peace process issues and religious pluralism, to the benefit of the U.S. and Israel alike.The U.S.-Israel relationship is vital to the strength of both nations. Though we opposed the nomination of David Friedman as the new U.S. Ambassador to Israel, his leadership will now be essential to maintaining and enhancing this historic bilateral relationship. We hope that, as was the case with the recent visit to Israel of Trump Administration advisor Jason Greenblatt, Mr. Friedman will engage with a range of voices and commit to openness and transparency. We will also hold Ambassador Friedman to the testimony he offered during his confirmation hearing in which he affirmed that the two-state solution remains the best possibility for peace. We couldn’t agree more that two states for two peoples living side by side in peace and security must remain the ultimate goal. We also appreciate that Mr. Friedman expressed regret for past inflammatory comments and hope that he will carry out his new responsibilities with appreciation for the diversity of voices and views in the pro-Israel community. We are committed to working with him to find areas of alignment including peace process issues and religious pluralism, to the benefit of the U.S. and Israel alike. 

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The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) and the Ruderman Family Foundation (RFF) today announced the strengthening of their important partnership supporting the URJ’s vital work around disabilities inclusion.

The RFF has contributed close to $1 million to the URJ in a unique partnership for disabilities inclusion awareness work, including a new $300,000 grant over two years for the URJ RFF Disabilities Inclusion Initiative.  

Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) President Rabbi Rick Jacobs announced today that Rabbi David Saperstein will return to the URJ senior staff as Senior Advisor for Policy and Strategy. He will assume this new position as of April 1, 2017.

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The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), the largest, most diverse Jewish movement in North America, launches a new online Introduction to Judaism class, filling a significant need in the North American community for individuals who want to explore liberal Judaism but have no in-person opportunities to study.