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As the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) continues, we’re all adjusting to new realities. Our URJ staffers are working hard to chart new courses of action during these uncertain times, creating opportunities and venues for continue to create the transformative connections that are at the core of our Reform Jewish Movement.

As we round up resources of critical help to congregations, we're also creating content for our educational website,, to help members of our...

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It all started, as most things do nowadays, with an email. On February 28, we notified the congregation of a new greeting, the “elbow bump,” in a message titled “Share Prayers, Not Germs.” Next came an update with information from the Centers for Disease Control on steps for staying healthy.

The next Shabbat brought two emails: first, a reminder about illness prevention during Shabbat, then a notice...

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Just because we can’t physically be together doesn’t mean we can’t come together as a community. In fact, these are the most important times for us to support one another and maintain some sense of normalcy.

I’ve been inspired by the Reform Jewish professionals and leaders, as well as those within the greater Jewish community, who are creating spaces for people to gather and have fun during these troubling times.

Here are a few easy-to-implement examples to try in your community – and while the language here is geared toward teen engagement, these ideas can be adapted for...

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Contact: Lauren Theodore at 212-650-4154

March 5, 2020 – Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) President Rabbi Rick Jacobs and Chair Jennifer Brodkey Kaufman issued this statement following Israel’s general election this week:

We congratulate the Israeli people on a massive voter turnout, reflecting the strength and vitality of Israeli democracy. The Reform Movement in North America cultivates strong relations and an open dialogue with all Israeli governments and we will continue to do so with the next government. We hope...

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As a congregational treasurer, you know that your role is often a challenging one, as you’re expected to balance congregational goals with financial realities. That’s a tall order!

While all leaders have a fiduciary responsibility to their congregations, the treasurer’s role additionally requires both technical and communication skills in connection to the financial health of the congregation. This requires a treasurer to provide clear and accurate financial oversight and reporting.

The role of the senior financial lay leader requires a variety of additional skills, from...

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