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Congregational life is unique. As URJ Vice President Amy Asin notes in her blog post, “Why Leaders Shouldn’t Aspire to Run Congregations Like Businesses”:

Business goals such as generating profits or balancing budgets are only secondary to a congregation’s objectives: creating Jewish communities that heal people and repair the world… When a rabbi gets a call to go to the hospital, unit costs are not on her mind, nor should they be.

The purpose of every congregation is to...

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At long last, the World Zionist Congress (WZC) elections have arrived, and voting has begun!

Participating in the WZC elections – by supporting “Vote Reform: ARZA Representing the Reform Movement and Reconstructing Judaism” – is the only way North American Jews can weigh in democratically about issues in Israel – and ensure a society that truly reflects the Jewish values we hold dear: pluralism, equality, economic justice, and peace. 

It’s also quick and easy, so vote now...

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Throughout 2019, the Religious Action Center worked across North America, and at the state level in the United States, to advance principles of justice, wholeness, and compassion. At a time when our biblically-inspired values to love the ger, or immigrant, to uphold kavod ha’briyot, respect for individual dignity, to till and tend the earth as did Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, and more are under threat, we worked with Reform Jews across North America to build power and create the change we want in the world.   The renewal of our Brit Olam, covenant with our world, at the 2019... Read More

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Now Moses, tending the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian, drove the flock into the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.

An angel of the Eternal appeared to him in a blazing fire out of a bush. He gazed, and there was a bush all aflame, yet the bush was not consumed.

Moses said, “I must turn aside to look at this marvelous sight; why doesn’t the bush burn up?”

When the Eternal saw that he had turned aside to look, God called to him out of the bush: “Moses! Moses!” He answered, “Here I am.”

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I am a queer Jewish woman of Color, and it is impossible to separate all of my intersecting identities.

As a rabbinical school student, my Judaism is a key component to who I am. I live in a Jewish city, learn about Jewish practices, and constantly uncover how the basis of my tradition is connected to my spiritual identity.

I use Jewish tradition as an avenue to reflect on my entire being. I love Judaism’s tradition of tikkun middot (repairing our character) and cheshbon hanefesh (accounting for the soul). Being able to reflect, every single day, on my intersecting...

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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.