From the URJ's Senior Leadership

From the URJ's Senior Leadership

Peter Knobel headshot

With the death of Rabbi Peter S. Knobel, z”l, our Reform Movement has lost a brilliant, courageous, and visionary rabbi.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
Memorial candle

The entire URJ family mourns with the Frishmans and Freelanders on the tragic and untimely death of their daughter, Devra Freelander, on Monday, July 1.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
Selfie of Rick Jacobs with Camp Coleman teens headed to Israel

My most recent trip to Israel highlighted the varied experiences of the Israeli Reform Movement, which offers a growing number of Israelis a Jewish way of life other than Orthodoxy.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
Pair of feet in white sneakers and blue pants seen from above, with three chalk-drawn arrows in front: one pointing left, one pointing right, and one pointing straight ahead

The URJ offers valuable resources and opportunities to get new congregational presidents off on the right foot. Here are six key areas in which we can help.

Amy Asin
Rabbi Jonah Pesner at the 2019 Consultation on Conscience

Our Brit Olam helps us protect the vulnerable, ally across differences, be close to people shaped by systemic oppression, and dialogue respectfully among divergent views.

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner
Row of Israeli flags on flagpoles, blowing in the breeze

As we celebrate Israel’s independence this week, here are two things your congregation can do right now to help strengthen Israel as a pluralistic, democratic society.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
Three Israeli wedding couples under the chuppahs at Washington Hebrew Congregation on March 26, 2019

This past week, I spent a significant amount of time thinking about love for Israel -- my own and that of our Reform Jewish community.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
Rabbi Rick Jacobs visits with Heller High students in Israel

On a brief trip to Israel last week, I met with leaders, students, and colleagues -- all to build ties between North American Jews and the land and people of Israel.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
Compass with the arrow pointing at the word "Leadership"

February is a time we especially foster leadership at the Union for Reform Judaism, shining a light on the role individuals play to strengthen our sacred community.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
Puzzle pieces leading to a pinnacle (of leadership)

These five principles can help you invest in constant, deliberate, and forward-thinking leadership development to support new and long-term leaders. 

Amy Asin and Lisa Lieberman Barzilai, RJE