Rabbi Rick Jacobs

Rabbi Rick Jacobs

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Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism, issued the statement below in response to recent violence in Gaza: The ongoing escalation on the Gazan border is tragic and dangerous for both Israelis and Palestinians.

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Rabbi Rick Jacobs: "We applaud all those who demonstrated and raised their voices to promote a just solution for those seeking asylum in Israel." 

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Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism, issued the statement below in response to the Polish government's approval of a new law barring discussion of Polish responsibility during the Holocaust:

We were deeply disheartened by the Polish government’s approval of a new law that not only bars reference to “Polish death camps” but to discussion of the responsibility of Polish citizens during the Holocaust.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs talks to Rabbi Judy Schindler

ReformJudaism.org, the flagship website of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) reaching 3.2 million visitors annually, is celebrating the third anniversary of the On the Other Hand: Ten Minutes of Torah podcast featuring Rabbi Rick Jacobs, the President of the URJ with its first episode recorded before a live audience. The special anniversary episode, “Courageous Leadership,” focusing on parashat Yitro, was recorded at the sold-out URJ Biennial convention in Boston last month. 

Children with their arms around one another facing an outdoor bimah as at summer camp

As we continue this journey together in 2018, we look forward to your steadfast engagement, your activism, and your support.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
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Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism, responds to recent statements by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas: We condemn unequivocally President Abbas’ recent statements rejecting the Jewish people’s connections with Israel, denying the legitimacy of a Jewish State of Israel, and promulgating conspiracy theories about the creation of the State of Israel. 

 

URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs and Chair of the Board of Trustees Daryl Messinger announced today that Julie Lerner will join the URJ’s executive leadership team as Executive Vice President. Lerner begins her new role in mid-January.

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Statement from Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism, following a speech by Turkish President Erdogan: "President Erdogan’s tirade was devoid of fact and ridden with hatred and incitement. We condemn it in the harshest terms and call on all lovers of peace to join with us in condemnation."

Rabbi Rick Jacobs speaking in front of a blue and white Union for Reform Judaism banner

This movement’s task, in this moment, is to nurture the natural waterways that connect us. To keep our congregations the strong sources of life they have always been and will always be.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
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Rabbi Rick Jacobs, URJ President, responds to President Trump's statement about Jerusalem and the U.S. Embassy today.