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Contact: Lauren Theodore at 212-650-4154

January 23, 2020; New York, NY – The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) proudly announces that Jo-Ellen Unger, RJE, has been named a 2020 Distinguished Educator by the Association of Reform Jewish Educators (ARJE). Unger, the founding director of the URJ 6 Points...

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People with disabilities and mental health conditions, and those who love them, just want what everyone else wants – to belong.

We are reminded in B’reishit 1:26 that all of us are created in God’s image. It doesn’t say “only some people are created in God’s image”; it says that each one of us has a place to belong, just by being human. When you meet someone who lives with a disability or mental health condition and you look into their eyes and see yourself reflected there, you will know that you both share something precious and holy.  

February 2020 marks the eleventh...

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Congregational life is unique. As URJ Vice President Amy Asin notes in her blog post, “Why Leaders Shouldn’t Aspire to Run Congregations Like Businesses”:

Business goals such as generating profits or balancing budgets are only secondary to a congregation’s objectives: creating Jewish communities that heal people and repair the world… When a rabbi gets a call to go to the hospital, unit costs are not on her mind, nor should they be.

The purpose of every congregation is to...

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At long last, the World Zionist Congress (WZC) elections have arrived, and voting has begun!

Participating in the WZC elections – by supporting “Vote Reform: ARZA Representing the Reform Movement and Reconstructing Judaism” – is the only way North American Jews can weigh in democratically about issues in Israel – and ensure a society that truly reflects the Jewish values we hold dear: pluralism, equality, economic justice, and peace. 

It’s also quick and easy, so vote now...

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Throughout 2019, the Religious Action Center worked across North America, and at the state level in the United States, to advance principles of justice, wholeness, and compassion. At a time when our biblically-inspired values to love the ger, or immigrant, to uphold kavod ha’briyot, respect for individual dignity, to till and tend the earth as did Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, and more are under threat, we worked with Reform Jews across North America to build power and create the change we want in the world.   The renewal of our Brit Olam, covenant with our world, at the 2019... 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.