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The author with other members of the 2018 synagogue gala committee in 2018
Hurricane as seen from outer space
Four smiling, laughing teens passing a Torah scroll from one to the next
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Contact: Lauren Theodore at 212-650-4154

New York, NY; October 23, 2018 – Today, the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) announces the next evolutionary step in deepening its support for Zionism and love for Israel as core beliefs and central tenets of North American Reform Jewish life.

While many North American Jews are asking how to support Israel and also have a voice in its future as a Jewish and democratic state, URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs and Chair Daryl Messinger are implementing a broad set of strategic...

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The author with other members of the 2018 synagogue gala committee in 2018

The path each of us chooses – where it starts, where it leads, and what happens along the way – is as unique as we are. My dad, z”l, had a desire for his path to intersect with his grandson’s, Sam, in a special way: by celebrating his second bar mitzvah at 83 together with Sam as he celebrated his first at 13. Sadly, my dad passed away before his path crossed with Sam’s in this way, but his wish gnawed at me.

Having grown up in a synagogue in which girls could not become bat mitzvah, I knew I had to...

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Hurricane as seen from outer space

Update: October 18, 2018

As those affected by Hurricane Michael are returning to their communities and homes, there are several opportunities to support those impacted.

Temple B’nai Israel (Panama City, FL) is accepting donations in order to repair damage to their building and to support families who have incurred huge property losses, some of which are not covered by insurance.  

Temple of Israel in Wilmington, NC, which was...

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Four smiling, laughing teens passing a Torah scroll from one to the next

One of the great joys in my role as vice president of youth for the Union for Reform Judaism is hearing stories from alumni.

I hear stories about how NFTY shaped their Judaism and encouraged them to seek out congregational connections. I hear stories from alumni from interfaith families about how their time at camp forged their Jewish identity and gave them the gift of a...

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Gears, each marked with various business words: Standards, Policies, Rules, etc.

Our world is rapidly changing, throwing challenges at us that frequently have no known solutions. Congregations are on the front lines of these challenges as they strive to strike a balance between delving into ancient traditions and finding relevance for 21st-century people.

To succeed, all congregations need to focus on developing appropriate governance structures that allow them to be both mission-driven and flexible in how their leaders achieve that mission.

Here are four ways to cultivate a 21st century governance structure in your congregation:

1. Strike a... Read More

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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.