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Rosh HaShanah flatlay with honey and pomegranates and apples

This is the sixth year I have prepared this Rosh HaShanah “sermon round-up.” Typically, at some point in my work on this project, my wife will lean over my shoulder and ask me, in her own style, “So. How are the Jews this year?”

Some years that is a difficult question to answer. This year the answer is clear: The Jews are afraid.

Sermons about anti-Semitism dominated this Rosh HaShanah. And although this survey excerpts dozens of sermons on anti-Semitism, it nevertheless underrepresents the number...

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Engaging congregants is an ever-evolving venture – and while building relationships that lead to meaningful lives has always been at the core of congregational engagement, the approaches leaders will need to take in 5780 differ greatly from those of generations past.

At the upcoming URJ Biennial, we’ll explore three specific areas of engagement important to 21st-century congregations: building a culture of philanthropy, engaging members through small groups, and looking beyond the congregational walls. Here, we share six innovative...

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It’s a busy time of year for Jewish college students: Between school, work, and all the other things in our lives that pull us in so many different directions, we can’t forget that the High Holidays are fast approaching!

Here are just a few ways that Reform Jewish college students can have the most rewarding, inclusive, and comfortable High Holidays experience this year.

1. Incorporate these vibrant additions to your campus High Holidays experience.

If you’re planning on spending the High Holidays with your on-campus Jewish community - and especially if you're helping to...

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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...
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Two years ago, we at the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) wrote about what keeps congregational leaders up at night, which looked at the challenges facing contemporary synagogues – framed through the lens of the thousands of questions congregational leaders have asked the URJ Knowledge Network team. Two years later, data shows that the challenges remain the same – governance and leadership culture, support through...

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