The largest Jewish gathering in North America is coming! This year, the URJ Biennial is headed to the land of deep-dish pizza – Chicago, IL – from December 11-15, 2019. Get ready to come together with more than 5,000 Jews to learn, pray, share ideas, dance and sing, and hear from inspiring speakers.
We recently ran a "flash sale" for past attendees, offering them the chance to snag their spot before general registration begins. If you weren't eligible for that sale, don't worry: General registration for the 2019 URJ Biennial will open on...Read More
Three years ago, Rabbi Reuven Samuels, z”l, one of the giants of our generation, left us. Not only did he teach me the essence and essentials of education, liberal Judaism, and the deep connection between them, but during 25 years of devoted service to the Leo Baeck Education Center in Haifa, Israel, he was instrumental in founding Reform Judaism in Israel.
When I started working at the Leo Baeck Education Center 30 years ago, I was excited to be associated with an institution that expresses "community" through Torah, avodah (worship), and g’...Read More
Every Jewish congregation and institution in the country has been grappling with new concerns around security since the tragedy at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh last October. Ours did that too, but we also were given a gift that enabled us to respond with memory, resolve, beauty, and hope for the future of the Jewish people.
When the massacre occurred, our lay leaders, school staff, and I spent the last hours of that Shabbat and the following day helping the congregation begin to cope with their grief, fears, and...Read More
Yesterday, Sebastian Gorka, a notorious far-right pundit, attacked me on Twitter for my unequivocal support for reproductive rights. In fact, he implied that supporting an individual’s right to make moral decisions about their own health care is antithetical to Jewish values.
How did this happen?
On Tuesday, the RAC held an event as part of our Machon Kaplan Summer Event Series for college students where we discussed Judaism, abortion...Read More
The Reform Movement has a long, distinguished history of lifting souls and spirits with music – in worship and beyond. In summer camps, synagogues, and youth group gatherings, songleaders create new arrangements, borrow from beloved composers, and rock out to updated versions of old favorites. Perhaps more than anything else in the Jewish world, music has the power to bring our community together. “When we lift our voices in song, we exemplify the best of Reform Judaism: committed, joyful, and connected,” says Cantor Rosalie Will Boxt, the Union for Reform...Read More
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