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Rabbi Dena Feingold with her brother and sister-in-law at the tree dedication at her congregation in Wisconsin
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Past Fain Award winners posing in front of a Religious Action Center banner with their award

Social justice is at the core of the Reform Jewish Movement. Every day, our nearly 900 congregations pursue justice at the state, local, provincial, and federal levels. To acknowledge and encourage this meaningful work, every two years the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism (CSA) recognizes Reform congregations doing outstanding social justice work that is innovative, multi-generational and replicable with the ...

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Social justice is at the core of our Reform Jewish values - and though the work of tikkun olam can be difficult and the wins may seem few, it's important that we celebrate little victories along the way. As we're taught in Pirke Avot 2:21, "It is not incumbent upon you to complete the work, but neither are you free to desist from it.”

In that spirit, here are three recent social justice successes we're celebrating - and howeform Jews across the United States contributed to them.

1. The Dream and Promise Act Passes the House of Representatives

Big news from Washington, D.C...

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Collage of the 12 student leaders named to the URJ College Leadership Team

We at the Union for Reform Judaism are thrilled to announce the first URJ College Leadership Team and to introduce the Reform Jewish college students who will serve as leaders throughout the 2019-2020 school year.

These 12 students, located at universities throughout North America, will serve as the primary college leaders for the Reform Movement, partnering with staff and other lay leaders to strengthen Reform Jewish life on campuses across the continent. Selected from a pool of more than 70 well-qualified applicants, they represent a broad variety of Jewish backgrounds and...

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The email arrived Thursday morning – a couple set to be married on Sunday was in desperate need of an officiant. Their rabbi had a medical emergency and could no longer perform the ceremony. A friend had forwarded the query: Could anybody help?

It seemed clear from the wording that any rabbi – Reform, Conservative, Orthodox would work. Never one to not do my best and knowing a couple of rabbis in the town where the ceremony was to be held, I reached out to see if they were available. It was only upon speaking to one of them that I learned a key element of the request had been...

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June is Gun Violence Awareness Month, a time for heightened attention to confronting the plague of gun violence that ravages our streets, schools, and houses of worship. The coming weeks will be filled with opportunities for gun sense activists to come together and fight for a future free from gun violence -- and Reform Jews are poised for action.

Fifteen months ago, the Reform Movement launched our youth-led, largely youth-focused gun violence prevention campaign. Based on our growth and success, we are excited to now open  this campaign to the Movement as a...

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Inside Leadership, the blog at URJ.org, is a source for Reform Jewish leaders to get the latest news and though-provoking articles about Jewish communal life.