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Students from Congregation Kol Tikvah outside U.S. Capitol during L'taken weekend

Last weekend, more than  400 Reform Jewish high school students from across the country journeyed to Washington, D.C. for the Religious Action Center’s Bernard and Audre Rapoport L’Taken Social Justice Seminar. After two days spent learning about various social justice topics – climate change, reproductive rights, LGBTQ civil rights, church/state separation, gun violence prevention, among others – as well as celebrating Shabbat,...

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Contact: David Billotti, 646-732-2733

February 8, 2019; New York, NY – Representing the next generation of congregational and community leaders, NFTY – the North American Reform Jewish Youth Movement - will hold its biennial Convention Friday, February 15 through 18, 2019, in Dallas, TX. They will be joined by adult lay leaders, professionals, clergy, and stakeholders who will attend the concurrent Youth Summit – an opportunity for them to learn and share best practices and new ideas...

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Teens with their bck to the camera holding gun violence prevention signs at March for Our Lives

February 14th marks the first anniversary of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. It was a tragedy that stunned the nation and spurred a generation of Jewish activists into action, joining the decades-long chorus of youth leaders of color demanding change in our communities.

The Reform Jewish Movement continues to commit resources and train young leaders to raise their voices and make legislative change that will keep our schools, communities, and synagogues safer. At this moment one year after the tragedy, we also want to pause to lift up...

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Compass with the arrow pointing at the word "Leadership"

February is a month of fostering leadership at the Union for Reform Judaism. It’s something we do here all the time, of course, but this month, especially, with the Scheidt Seminar and NFTY Convention, we shine a spotlight on the extraordinary role that individuals of all ages play in strengthening our sacred community.

This month of leadership reminds me of a saying from the Babylonian Talmud that offers us two important and interwoven...

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Person on a dock holding a clear pane of glass as if to represent transparency

“Sharing work as it develops enables you to reflect on your work. It brings stakeholders into work early to provide feedback and assistance. It encourages you to be purposeful and effective in your work. Importantly it also enables others to develop a passive awareness of your work progress and to learn from how you do your work.” (Simon Terry, organizational consultant and writer).

There are so many benefits to be found for congregations if we can learn to work toward better transparency and collaboration between our lay and professional leadership teams. When we are more...

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