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Rabbi Rick Jacobs on stage with the Torah during Shabbat morning services at the URJ Biennial

This d'var Torah for Parashah Vayeishev was presented before the 74th Union for Reform Judaism Biennial convention on Saturday, December 9. 

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
Red and white striped sneakers and jean-clad legs at the starting line as seen from overhead

As I chronicle my journey from Orthodox feminist to Reform rabbi, I would like to explore what it means to be a Jewish woman, and what it means to be a human being.

Elana Sztokman
White heart-shaped flowers hanging from a stem

Selichot is the overture for our High Holidays, a chance to focus on meaning, tradition, faith, and striving to reach that spot in the heart where no one else can go.

Rabbi Stacy Offner
Butcher paper that reveals words through a tear: What's your story?

Inviting people to share memories of interesting, meaningful experiences in their lives – especially on Yom Kippur – always proves to inspire others.

Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs
Man and woman playing guitars and singing while leading worship services

Once the High Holidays are over, I’m often left wondering what we can we do to get people back into the sanctuary before the next Rosh HaShanah rolls around.

Cantor Lizzie Weiss
Cantorial Soloist Tara Abrams and Rabbi Benjie Gruber on the pulpit

Learn what happened when a Canadian congregation hired an Israeli rabbi to fill in when their own rabbi took a sabbatical.

Rabbi Benjie Gruber and Tara Abrams
Shabbat worshippers

Without fail, people responsible for scheduling and planning Jewish conferences repeatedly grapple with the same old question: what do we do about Shabbat?

Rabbi Daniel H. Freelander
Two girls on the bank of a pond

My congregation's annual retreat fills the I-didn’t-go-to-camp void in my Jewish experience. Held at URJ Camp Harlam, a two-hour drive from home, it’s close enough for the weekend, but far enough away that we’re not tempted to go home for other events, allowing me to celebrate Shabbat in a way I don’t usually do.

Nancy Levene

At Congregation Or Ami, in Calabasas, CA, our Madrichim Leadership Institute empowers teens to take responsibility for planning and leading the High Holiday youth services. The Institute not only demonstrates that when we mentor youth toward genuine responsibility, they inevitably surpass expectations, but also leads to long-term, meaningful youth engagement.

Rabbis Paul Kipnes and Julia Weisz

Central Synagogue in New York City recently commissioned artist Jeffrey Brosk to build a portable ark, a Torah reading desk, and two Torah holders.

Annette Powers