Kate Bigam Kaput

Kate Bigam Kaput

Inside Leadership
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On Sunday night, the Dallas/Fort Worth area was hit by severe thunderstorms, including multiple confirmed tornadoes, which devastated parts of Dallas and the surrounding communities and directly impacted members of the Jewish community. On behalf of the Reform Movement, our hearts and prayers go out to all whose homes, neighborhoods, schools, and businesses have been damaged and to all who are displaced. 

The staff of our URJ Greene Family Camp (GFC) immediately knew they wanted to mobilize to help affected families by providing childcare, parent education, and communal gathering...

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Sunday, October 27, 2019, will mark the one-year anniversary of the shooting at Tree of Life Or L’Simcha Congregation in Pittsburgh, PA – the deadliest attack on Jews in American history.

A year later, we continue to grapple with our grief, our fear, and our uncertainty about the future. And yet, as Reform Jewish leader Rabbi Jonah Pesner wrote last year after his visit to Pittsburgh in the wake of the shootings:

“Our resolve, already so strong, has hardened even further. We are stronger than ever, and together we will overcome this.”

As we remember that dark day...

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I was 20 when I learned that my high school boyfriend – my first love – had committed suicide. His death shattered me, both mentally and emotionally – but in retrospect, it also saved my life. You see, in the months leading up to his suicide, I had been planning my own.

As soon as he took his own life, though, I knew I could never do the same. The carnage he left behind – the emotional wreckage of those of us who loved him – was too unimaginably painful. After experiencing such a loss firsthand, I knew I could never do the same to my own friends and family, no matter how deep my...

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Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish new year, begins Sunday, September 29, at sundown. As we prepare, emotionally and spiritually, for these Days of Awe, we offer three prayers for the season:

"A Rosh HaShanah Prayer for Our Clergy," by Reform liturgist Alden Solovy of To Bend Light, honors the rabbis, cantors, & other spiritual leaders who lift us up and provide us yearround support and guidance. he writes, in part, "As the new year approaches, let it be our job, as congregants, to feed our clergy with love and care. Let it be our sacred calling to lift them up as they lift us. Let us see... Read More

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It's tiiiiime: The full 2019 URJ Biennial schedule is now live!

Head to the URJ Biennial Schedule page to check out all the worship options, learning sessions, Biennial Extensions, Biennial Intensives, late night entertainment, networking sessions, and offsite opportunities - and if you've been waiting for a peek at the Biennial schedule before registering, now is your chance! 

While we have your attention, a few more reminders:

Build your delegation: Who else do you know who would love Biennial? Encourage them to register now in order to qualify for those Delegations... Read More