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Inside Leadership
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Peter Knobel headshot

With the death of Rabbi Peter S. Knobel, z”l, our Reform Movement has lost a giant. A brilliant, courageous, and visionary rabbi, he served in many leadership roles, including as the longtime rabbi of Beth Emet -The Free Synagogue in Evanston, IL, where his leadership and direction were transformative for the congregation.

During his term as the president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), Peter launched the reimagination of the organization, the professional association of North America’s...

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As the High Holidays are approaching, we know your congregational leadership is working hard to prepare for a meaningful holiday season. To help you during this busy time, we’ve compiled a few important High Holiday resources for your congregation.

1. Create a safe and inclusive space for your community.

Many congregations have sought a stronger security presence this year to ensure the safety of all who enter their sacred space. It’s important to ensure that best security practices are unified with principles related to diversity, equity, and inclusion to ensure that everyone –...

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As we approach the High Holidays, many Jews cannot separate themselves from the fear of anti-Semitic attacks in their synagogues. Understandably, many feel constant trepidation about entering our synagogues, especially after the tragic Tree of Life shooting in Pittsburgh, with many Jews requesting a stronger security presence.

We want everyone in our communities to feel safe, including those from marginalized backgrounds, and therefore we must acknowledge that the best security practices are unified with principles related to...

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There is nothing sacred about ginger ale.

At least that’s what the congregation’s executive director thought when he suggested eliminating it from the Oneg Shabbat budget. The budget committee agreed, as it would save $750 a year. This decision also aligned with the wellness education theme the rabbi and educator had in the works for the new year.

Despite the fact that three or four half-finished two-liter bottles of ginger ale ended up in the dumpster every week, eliminating ginger ale from the oneg prompted a flurry of emails, phone calls, and even visits to the rabbi’s...

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Just a few months ago, more than 1,200 Reform Jews gathered in Washington, D.C., at the Religious Action Center’s Consultation on Conscience. The conference culminated in a moment of re-covenant – with our congregations and communities, our partners, and with the Brit Olam.

When we launched the Brit Olam, covenant with our world, in 2017, our hope was to create a world in which all people experience wholeness, justice, and compassion – and to do so by working...

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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.