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Photo of Scroll #1052 loaned by the Memorial Scrolls Trust in London with representatives of WUPJ, EUPJ, URJ, NFTY and Kutz Camp at the URJ Biennial.

Contact: Lauren Theodore at 212-650-4154

December 17, 2019 

A sacred artifact of Jewish history – a Torah scroll that miraculously survived destruction during the Holocaust and was cherished for decades by generations of North American Reform Jewish youth leaders at URJ Kutz Camp in Warwick, NY – will be returned home as a symbol of the rebirth of Jewish life in Central Europe. Reform Jewish Movement leaders chanted from this remarkable Torah scroll during Shabbat worship services at the URJ Biennial, the largest...

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A group of people smiling and clapping in an audience at the URJ Biennial

It's hard to believe that after so many months of meticulous planning and enthusiasm, the 2019 URJ Biennial has already come and gone. Whether you want to re-read your favorite addresses from the event or will be experiencing them here for the first time, we're doing our best to get everything online and available to you. All week long, stay tuned here and on our Facebook page as we continue to update this list with links to additional addresses.

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“I came thinking I would meet some nice people and have some resources I could integrate into my board leadership. I left feeling inspired to take action.” -- Helen Holden, 2017 URJ Scheidt Seminar

As this blog post about leadership development opportunities indicates, the 2019 URJ Biennial is the number one way to reach a large swath of Reform Jews and give them tools and resources to make a lasting impact on congregational life....

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People taking a smiling selfie in front of a Biennial backdrop

At the URJ Biennial, thousands of Jews gathered to learn, pray, share ideas, hear from inspiring speakers and Jewish leaders, and make decisions about the future of Reform Judaism – but the Biennial’s impact doesn’t end when the conference does. With the 2019 URJ Biennial in our rear-view mirror, we’re now focused on how we can move this work forward and into our everyday lives.

If you’re ready to advance the work of the Reform Movement in your congregation and community, say “I’m in!” by completing...

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We are living in an urgent time. Reform Jewish communities are pursuing justice through the Brit Olam at the local, state/provincial, and federal levels to bring about a world in which all people experience wholeness, justice, and compassion.

Last week, thousands of Reform Jews gathered in Chicago for the URJ Biennial 2019, marking an important moment for social justice engagement across the Reform Movement. In addition to social justice learning sessions and an intensive, we also launched our Movement-wide 2020 Civic Engagement Campaign.

Whether or not you were able to...

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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.