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Scheidt Seminar 2018 group of temple presidents

It was a “no brainer” for me to attend the URJ Scheidt Seminar for congregational presidents last month in San Diego. Because I work for the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), I wasn’t sure I’d be eligible to attend. However, my supervisor approved the conference, and my colleagues encouraged me to go – knowing that as president of my congregation, Garden City Jewish Center in Garden City, NY, I would have a...

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For those taking pictures at March 24, 2018, March for Our Lives events around the country, add your photos here

In the Passover Haggadah, we read “in every generation, a person is obligated to see themselves as though they came forth from Egypt.” ...

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Press Release

URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs issued the following statement:

It should go without question that the anti-Semitic, homophobic, and transphobic invective spewed by Louis Farrakhan is hateful and worthy of condemnation by all those who seek to strengthen the American community. Unfortunately, Farrakhan’s ongoing efforts to enflame conversation are once again gaining public attention. We had hoped that Farrakhan’s vile worldview had been successfully driven to the fringes. Sadly, it appears that his views continue to receive public attention.

So let us be clear: We stand in...

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In 2014, Temple Sholom in Cincinnati, Ohio, faced serious financial challenges. A small synagogue with a reputation for being stodgy and predictable, the congregation sold its building and used the capital to reinvent itself in the community.

Under the leadership of its new rabbi, Miriam Terlinchamp, Temple Sholom wanted to share with the local community – and the entire country – its radical new vision for the future of Judaism: one that includes and celebrates innovative programming, progressive social justice initiatives,...

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Contact: Lauren Theodore at 212-650-4154

March 9, 2018, New York, NY - Teen and young adult leaders of Reform Judaism, the largest, most diverse movement in Jewish life, are mobilizing and taking action in a wide variety of ways, both locally and nationally, for sensible gun laws. Teen leaders of NFTY-The Reform Jewish Youth Movement are driving these initiatives which include hundreds of marches and rallies,...

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