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Across the United States, young people are mobilizing to increase voter turnout at the 2018 midterm elections – and the Reform Movement is proud to lead in this effort. On Sunday, August 26th from 3-4pm EST, hundreds of high school and college students (and their adult partners) will join a Jewish Student Civic Engagement& Virtual Town Hall. Teens will hear from other students who have organized “get out the vote” initiatives and learn how our Reform Jewish community is mobilizing....

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Contact: Lauren Theodore at 212-650-4154

New York, NY; August 9, 2018 - The statement below is issued by Rabbi Joshua Weinberg, President of ARZA, the Association of Reform Zionists of America, on behalf of ARZA and the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ): 

The deadly escalation of violence in Gaza should be of deep concern to all who strive for peace in the region. Nearly 200 rockets and other projectiles have been launched from Gaza into Israel, injuring dozens and sending tens of thousands of Israelis as far inland as...

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Earlier this summer, I met your future synagogue president. I met your future congregational rabbi. I met your future Jewish educator, cantor, and youth professional. They were all there in the kahal (congregation) at URJ Kutz Camp, the flagship summer experience for Reform Jewish teens worldwide who are seeking deep learning, purposeful skill-building, and leadership development.

Kutz is the place where your teens are reimagining Jewish life in real time. They experiment, test, process the results, sometimes fail, and try again. And the...

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A teen madrich leans over some work with a child

Earlier this year, an educator posted in the Tent looking for insights about madrichim (teen aides/co-teachers) programs, and how synagogues can best engage teens as classroom helpers. The conversation that followed online generated lots of questions: How do we meaningfully engage teens as madrichim in our congregational education programs? What does it mean to run a successful madrichim program? What types of models work in congregations?

In response, the URJ...

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Recent HUC JIR Founders Fellows pose together

“Boarding the flight to New York, I don’t think I realized I was in for the most emotionally and spiritually intense weekend of my life…I held onto that feeling when I returned to William & Mary [where] my plan was to start a series of monthly student-led Shabbat services, and a monthly discussion on a Jewish topic, to create more challenging and immersive religious programming for our Hillel…”

Alexina Haefner, a student at William & Mary, wrote these words, reflecting on her experience as a Hebrew Union College—Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR)...

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