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Rabbi Rick Jacobs speaking at a podium before a rally with a sign that reads NO HATE NO FEAR

Editor's note: The text that follows was presented before attendees at the NYC Solidarity March and Rally on Jan. 5, 2020, before Rabbi Jacobs and his rabbinic colleagues offered Psalm 121 and 130.

Throughout Jewish history, in every place where we Jews have lived we have turned to Psalms or Tehillim to express the deepest yearnings of our hearts.

Before you today are rabbis from across the spectrum of Jewish belief and practice. We don’t all believe, practice, and think alike but today we stand as one. My colleagues and I stand united in our love for all of our people from...

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Editor's note: The text that follows was presented before a live audience at the 2019 URJ Biennial.

Only a few short years after the founding of the United States of America, George Washington expressed in an exchange of letters with the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, R.I., the oldest synagogue in the U. S., the following historic sentiment:

“For happily the Government of the United States gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as...

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Oh, what a year it’s been. With 2020 quickly approaching, we’ve rounded up the top Reform Movement stories of 2019, listed here in no particular order. From our family to yours, we wish you a very happy, healthy secular new year!

1. We hosted three vibrant, robust Jewish conferences.

This was a trifecta year: In February, we kicked off 2019 with NFTY Convention in Dallas, TX, followed by the largest Consultation on Conscience in history in May. The...

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During the past year, the URJ’s Inside Leadership blog has introduced you to various concepts that every congregational leader should know. As 2019 comes to an end, we’ve rounded up the top 10 concepts that will continue to be valuable to your work in the coming year: 

1. Congregational leaders need to start experimenting with change – in a big way. 

We live in challenging times that require us to experiment with more radical changes.

As URJ Vice President Amy Asin...

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One of my very favorite Hanukkah traditions is the practice of placing our lit menorahs in windows to share the miracle and joy of this holiday with our communities. In my role as vice president of URJ camps, NFTY, and immersive experiences, I have the honor to witness the magic of our camps, NFTY, Israel journeys, and other year-round immersive experiences. I also get a front-row seat to the many ways we partner with congregations to show children, teens, young adults, and families how to use their Judaism as a springboard for creating a more joyful, just, inclusive, and compassionate...

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