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Hurricane as seen from overhead

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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Peter Knobel headshot

With the death of Rabbi Peter S. Knobel, z”l, our Reform Movement has lost a giant. A brilliant, courageous, and visionary rabbi, he served in many leadership roles, including as the longtime rabbi of Beth Emet -The Free Synagogue in Evanston, IL, where his leadership and direction were transformative for the congregation.

During his term as the president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), Peter launched the reimagination of the organization, the professional association of North America’s...

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Smiling female rabbi holding a guitar and facing a congregation

As the High Holidays are approaching, we know your congregational leadership is working hard to prepare for a meaningful holiday season. To help you during this busy time, we’ve compiled a few important High Holiday resources for your congregation.

1. Create a safe and inclusive space for your community.

Many congregations have sought a stronger security presence this year to ensure the safety of all who enter their sacred space. It’s important to ensure that best security practices are unified with principles related to diversity, equity, and inclusion to ensure that everyone –...

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As we approach the High Holidays, many Jews cannot separate themselves from the fear of anti-Semitic attacks in their synagogues. Understandably, many feel constant trepidation about entering our synagogues, especially after the tragic Tree of Life shooting in Pittsburgh, with many Jews requesting a stronger security presence.

We want everyone in our communities to feel safe, including those from marginalized backgrounds, and therefore we must acknowledge that the best security practices are unified with principles related to...

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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.