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A Prayer for Jerusalem

Rabbi Josh Weinberg
May 10, 2021
Today we celebrate Yom Yerushalayim, the anniversary of that fateful day in 1967 when the Israeli paratroopers reached the Western Wall and announced: "הר הבית בידנו" -- “The Temple Mount is in our Hands.” That moment ushered in the the promise for Jews everywhere, after years of dreaming and longing, to come and pray before this sacred space. 

Dear Synagogue Leaders: Go Back Better (to In-Person)

Rabbi Paul Kipnes
May 6, 2021

Dear Synagogue Leaders,

We keepers of the flame
Of Jewish communal living

Know --
If we haven’t already done so
That the time to go back
Is arriving soon.

We want to go back to in-person worship
We want to go back to in-person meetings
We want

This Mother’s Day, Let’s Fight for Black Moms

Jena Prystowsky
May 4, 2021

When my husband and I learned that we were going to be parents, we were filled with many of the same joys and anxieties that most soon-to-be parents have, from wondering about how to create a great birth plan to which baby products we should buy (every cute

Ethical Accountability for Sexual Misconduct is Crucial to the Safety of Our Communities

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
May 3, 2021
Much communal focus has been appropriately directed at making the places we Jews gather safe from violent attacks by those who wish to cause us harm, from the spread of the deadly coronavirus during the pandemic, and other grave external threats. The time is long overdue, however, to confront an internal threat:  abuse, misconduct, especially sexual misconduct in spaces for which the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) is responsible. 

Important Message on Ethical Accountability

Jennifer Brodkey Kaufman
Rabbi Rick Jacobs
April 30, 2021
In recent weeks, there have been several public reports of leaders in our Reform Jewish Movement who have engaged in abuse, misconduct, and sexual assault. The pain endured by the victims is heartbreaking. We hope the reports of these brave victims will empower others who have suffered in silence to come forward so that there can be both accountability and healing. We commit without hesitation that the Union for Reform Judaism (the URJ) will address all reports of misconduct appropriately and transparently, centering the survivors as we move forward.