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Rabbi Jonah Pesner speaking from a podium

Reverend Hurmon Hamilton prompted the attendees to shout words including “story,” “organizing,” “invitation” and “relationships” — all of which he uses to describe how his faith inspired his increased involvement in activism.

On Thursday, Hamilton and Rabbi Jonah Pesner led a conversation in the Whitney Humanities Center about how people of faith can come together to advocate for justice. In 2005, Hamilton and Pesner co-led a grassroots campaign that organized thousands of religious people in the Massachusetts fight for health care access. Their work became a nationwide model for...

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Large congregational group holding the Israeli flag and WE LOVE ISRAEL signs while standing on a synagogue bimah

If we want to strengthen progressive Judaism worldwide, we must swim upstream.

There is no single better way to support Progressive, Liberal, and Reform Judaism in every corner of the globe than casting a ballot for “Vote Reform” in the American election to the World Zionist Congress. Your vote, amplified by our collective strength through ARZENU (the international umbrella for Progressive Zionist...

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Smiling group of learners listen to an educator give a lesson at the front of a room

The Union for Reform Judaism, in partnership with our congregations and clergy, has long created opportunities to learn about Judaism through A Taste of Judaism® and Introduction to Judaism classes, making Jewish learning accessible to those seeking to learn more, whether they’re on a conversion path, recently discovered Jewish heritage in their family tree, have a Jewish partner, Jewish children, or Jewish grandchildren, or are just...

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Young campers facing away from the camera with their arms around one anothers shoulders

For so many North American Jews, Jewish summer camp is a pivotal and defining experience. Like every other aspect of Jewish life, however, we must ensure camp is as inclusive as possible for everyone who wants to be a part of it, including campers with physical disabilities and mental, emotional, and social health (MESH) needs.

Thanks to the Foundation for Jewish Camp, seven of our URJ camps have received grants to make their grounds and programming as accessible to as many campers and visitors as...

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Man in a wheelchair at the bottom of a long flight of steps

Last summer marked the 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This monumental legislation effects the civil rights of individuals with disabilities and was groundbreaking when it was passed in 1990. Previous legislation, the Rehabilitation Act of 1978, required only the programs and activities of public institutions to be accessible to individuals with disabilities.

The ADA broadened coverage to include accessibility related to employment, public accommodations, and later, with an addition to the Rehabilitation Act, websites and other technology.

The...

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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.