Kate Kaput

Kate Kaput

Inside Leadership
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It’s been just over a week since the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC) wrapped up its 2019 Consultation on Conscience, the Reform Jewish community’s flagship social justice event. Attended by more than 1,000 clergy, lay leaders, and other activists, this was the largest Consultation in history – and the lessons learned there will resonate within our community long past our four days in Washington, D.C., together.

Whether or not you were able to attend the Consultation in person, you can take action on some of the many issues we discussed there. Here are just a few...

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Shavuot is typically known as a dairy-heavy holiday, even though the tradition's origins are largely unknown. There are, however, also plenty of delicious, dairy-free recipe Shavuot options for vegans, lactose-free folks, and others who would simply prefer not to indulge in so much dairy - but still want to enjoy the culinary spirit of the holiday. 

Dairy-Free Cream Cheese Tartlets: Writes Jewish cooking expert Tina Wasserman, "I created this recipe for people who are sensitive or allergic to dairy products and gluten. If you do not have those food intolerances, this tartlet is also... Read More

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We recently told you about all the changes coming to the 2019 Consultation on Conscience, including delegation coaching, a strong emphasis on youth leadership, a student ambassador program, the welcoming of the URJ's JewV’Nation Fellowship’s Jews of Color Leadership Cohort alumni, and the debut of The Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus Initiative for Immigrant and Refugee Justice - in addition, of course, to plenary sessions and workshops featuring prominent social justice leaders and experts.

This year's Consultation on Conscience is the biggest in our history, with more than 1,000...

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Following Saturday’s deadly shooting at Chabad of Poway in California, Reform Jewish clergy, activists, and other community leaders have issued statements, shared words of comfort, appeared on the news, and talked about the way forward after yet another gun-related tragedy of anti-Semitic origin.

In a statement issued at the end of Shabbat, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), said:

“At the beginning of Passover during seder, Jewish communities all over the world opened their doors hoping to find Elijah announcing a time of redemption with an...

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Still trying to unpack the results of the recent elections in Israel? Rabbi Josh Weinberg, Union for Reform Judaism vice president for Israel and Reform Zionism and executive director of ARZA, the Association of Reform Zionists of America, recently spoke to members of Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles, CA, about the election results.

He broke down the parties, the leaders, the possible coalitions, and the complexity of Israel’s recent election, encouraging questions for the synagogue community and offering insight into the electoral process - while also sharing personal stories along...

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