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Rabbi Rick Jacobs poses with three smiling teens in NFTY Convention badges

This d'var Torah for Parashat T'tzaveh was presented to NFTY Convention 2019 on Saturday, February 16, 2019. Video of the address will be made available online this week.

Shabbat Shalom, NFTY! There has never, ever, in the history of the Jewish people, been a Shabbat morning service just like this one. 

NFTYites, once again you are blazing a trail of spirituality, community, purpose, and holiness. Too often, in religious life we get stuck in that trap of, “We've...

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WASHINGTON – In response to President Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency at the southern border of the U.S., Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement on behalf of the Union for Reform Judaism, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, and the wider Reform Movement institutions:

“We believe that the President’s decision to declare a national...

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Representing 51% of the population, 102 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, and 88 seats in the House of Commons of Canada, women are finding themselves in more and more leadership positions. Nevertheless, we have a long way to go until true gender equality is reached.

On March 8, we celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women around the world with International Women's Day. Each year the day also is given a theme around the issue of gender parity;...

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I didn’t read Leading Change by business guru and Harvard professor John Kotter until after I’d already tried, countless times, to initiate and manage institutional change. Bumping into the walls of change management (such as failing to create a sense of urgency or declaring victory too soon) was my way of learning by doing, and despite the frustrations that came with that trial-by-error approach, I arrived at URJ Camp Harlam in 2011 with enthusiasm to help a...

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Tree-planting ceremony to remember the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting victims

It can't happen here, many of us thought. Not to us. When it does happen here, the target may be another minority or random, innocent people. Never an intentional attack on American Jews.

Last October in Pittsburgh, inside the Tree of Life Synagogue, this unspoken sense of security was broken. Mass violence, the intentional murder of 11 American Jews, did happen.

Some view the synagogue attack as one more in an ongoing wave of mass shootings. Others believe the tragedy is simply the act of a deranged individual. The attacker actually had posted his white nationalist intent...

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