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Today’s congregational leaders are confronted with challenges that are different from those they encountered in the past and those they encounter in other leadership settings. Both emerging and seasoned leaders need to invest in forward-thinking leadership development to ensure they possess the skills, behaviors, and mindset necessary to lead change in their congregations.

To help with this important work, the URJ offers a range of leadership development opportunities, so there’s...

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Contact: Lauren Theodore at 212-650-4154

New York, NY; November 18, 2019 - Union for Reform Judaism President Rabbi Rick Jacobs issued this statement:

"The URJ is greatly concerned about today’s statement by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo which, while focusing on international law, will be widely read as a broader change to the U.S. position on Israeli settlements - a policy which has been long held by both Republican and Democratic U.S. administrations.

Any unilateral move to this effect would place serious...

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"At Biennial, I am surrounded by my Judaism, in song, in prayer, in study, in fun. Biennial restores my Jewish self to me" -past Biennial participant

Worship is always a highlight of the URJ Biennial, and the 2019 convention will be no exception. Nowhere is Shabbat prayer like it is at Biennial, where more than 5,000 Reform Jews join with dynamic clergy, an expert band, and a 100-person volunteer choir of members of Reform congregations. 

Here's a sneak peek at what to expect:

  • Weekday Daily Worship: Each weekday of the Biennial, choose from a variety of morning (...
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Contact: Lauren Theodore at 212-650-4154

New York, NY; November 14, 2019 –

The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) has selected 10 individuals to participate in the URJ JewV’Nation Fellowship’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Leadership Cohort, a nine-month program dedicated to promoting and incorporating DEI principles in Reform Jewish congregations across North America.

Led by URJ Program Manager Rachel Hall, this cohort was created out...

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Late in 2018, Jan Marx Braverman contacted B’er Chayim Temple (BCT) in Cumberland, MD, to inquire about the possibility that our congregation might donate a Torah scroll to the Lake Chapala Jewish Congregation (LCJC) in Ajijic, Mexico. Jan is the secretary of the LCJC, but before retiring to Mexico, she belonged to Beth Jacob Congregation, which merged with BCT in the late 1990s.

At the time, BCT, which was founded in 1853, had...

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