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A Statement by the Organizations of the Reform Movement

Contact: Lauren Theodore at 212-650-4154

September 3, 2019 –

Statement from the Reform Jewish Movement: As we begin the month of Elul, we enter a time of introspection and reflection culminating in the Jewish High Holidays. Individually and communally, we consider our actions, their impacts on others, and our responsibility to do whatever we can to improve ourselves and our community in the year to come.

In this spirit, we reflect upon and are compelled to express our deep concern about the coarseness of public...

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Three teenage boys wearing URJ 6 Points Sports Academy shirts

On February 14, 2018, everything changed: That’s the day 17 people were killed in the shooting at my school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSD) in Parkland, FL.

Like so many others, my friend Luke Rothstein and I were devastated by the deaths of our friends and teachers – and we felt compelled to do something.

I recently wrote for about how Luke and I, inspired by our strong Jewish upbringings and our religious school learning, became passionate...

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Smiling group of young leaders standing on a balcony together

Arthur Hatchuel created a community garden and Jewish environmental programs in Paris. Tamar Paley re-imagined the mikvah (ritual bath) for Progressive Jews in Israel. Alyssa Kress elevated Israel engagement at URJ Camp Harlam.

All three are alumni of the URJ Klal Yisrael Fellowship, an international program funded through generous grants by Betty and Arthur Roswell (Bridgewater, N.J.) since its launch in 2014.

To date, the fellowship has brought together 76 Reform Jewish adults, ages 21-30,...

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As we watch the predictions and follow local authorities’ preparations for Hurricane Dorian, the URJ stands ready to assist congregations before, during, and after this expected storm.

Please stay in touch and share updates as you are able in the Hurricane Dorian group in the Tent. We have learned that by continually assessing the situation on the ground, we can determine – with your communication, of course – the best ways to rally the...

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You’ve got questions, and we have answers! Check out the FAQs below or ask your question in the Biennial 2019 group in The Tent. And don’t miss out on early-bird rates!

"What is the URJ Biennial?"

The URJ Biennial is the place for Jews from around the world to learn, pray, share ideas, dance and sing while helping shape the future of the Reform Movement. Over the course of 5 days, more than 5,000 participants study ancient texts with leading Jewish minds; share ideas on strengthening...

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