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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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Editor's Note: Given the rapidly evolving nature of the spread of coronavirus, this post is now outdated. For more updated information and resources on this topic, see "How Reform Congregations are Coping with COVID-19 (and Tools to Help)," which is being continually updated as additional resources and expert recommendations become available.

As coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread around the world, our Jewish communities are understandably on high alert, with questions...

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Reverend Hurmon Hamilton prompted the attendees to shout words including “story,” “organizing,” “invitation” and “relationships” — all of which he uses to describe how his faith inspired his increased involvement in activism.

On Thursday, Hamilton and Rabbi Jonah Pesner led a conversation in the Whitney Humanities Center about how people of faith can come together to advocate for justice. In 2005, Hamilton and Pesner co-led a grassroots campaign that organized thousands of religious people in the Massachusetts fight for health care access. Their work became a nationwide model for...

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