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This is a time of year when many congregations appoint a new budget committee chair. If you’re one of them, we want you to know: We know your new leadership role can be overwhelming and that, even if you have a background in budgeting, congregational finances are unique. Your congregation’s annual budget tells a story that’s more than money collected and money spent; it’s a story of community values and priorities.

Although every congregation’s budget is different, certain principles should guide all congregations. Here are five important things every budget committee chair needs...

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“So I turned about and applied my heart to know, to explore, and to search for wisdom and the reason for things.” – Ecclesiastes 7:25

One of the themes of the High Holidays is reflection, as with the passing of a full year come a lot of memories, both good and bad. We are encouraged to reflect on our accomplishments and the strides we’ve made as Jews and as human beings, and we are also encouraged to examine where we’ve missed the mark and need to apply the concept of t’shuvah (repentance).

It’s important to ask ourselves, too: Where have we missed the mark this year in...

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Contact: Lauren Theodore at 212-650-4154

New York, NY; September 10, 2019 - Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President, Union for Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

“We are very concerned by the Prime Minister’s press conference today calling for immediate annexation of the Jordan Valley and parts of the West Bank. These are unilateral moves endangering Israel as a Jewish and democratic state and further limiting the possibility of a two-state solution. Such serious pronouncements don’t belong in the final week of a heated...

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Important news for Reform congregations in the United States: The World Zionist Congress elections in the U.S. are coming soon, and your congregation’s participation is critical to maintaining a large Reform presence in Israel and here at home.

The Reform Movement is asking every eligible voter to stand up for Israel and our values – and we need every eligible person in our congregations to vote. Why? Because the more votes we get the more we are able to provide significant funds for our movement and build our political power. To start,...

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At each URJ Biennial, we welcome the highest caliber of speakers from within the Jewish community and beyond. Learn more about the people we'll be honoring at the 2019 URJ Biennial with three prestigious awards - then continue on for a list of our featured speakers, to be updated as the list continues to grow.

The Tri-Faith Initiative (Omaha, NE)Maurice N. Eisendrath Bearer of Light Award

The Tri-Faith Initiative is a unique and ambitious project in the field of interfaith relations in design, scale, and scope that brings together into permanent...

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Inside Leadership, the blog at URJ.org, is a source for Reform Jewish leaders to get the latest news and though-provoking articles about Jewish communal life.