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The recent California wildfires have reportedly claimed at least 50 lives, 48 of them in the massive blaze known as the Camp Fire – the deadliest and most destructive fire in the state’s history. The URJ has been and continues to be in touch with our congregations in affected areas, and we stand ready to provide whatever support we can.

As additional details become clear about how our community can best aid our California congregations, we will share that information here.

At this time, we know that Temple Adat Elohim in Thousand...

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Contact: Lauren Theodore at 212-650-4154

New York, NY; November 13, 2018 - The statement below is issued on behalf of the Union for Reform Judaism by Rabbi Josh Weinberg, URJ Vice President for Israel and Reform Zionism:

The Union for Reform Judaism strongly condemns the recent rocket attacks on Southern Israel and hopes that the vital cease-fire will be maintained. Over 400 rockets have fallen on Israel from Gaza over the last two days as Hamas has continued to invest in the infrastructure of warfare. We stand with...

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To help more young Jews embrace Jewish life as a path to meaning, purpose and joy, the Union for Reform Judaism is expanding the URJ CLASP Fellowship (Camp Leader And Synagogue Professional). This innovative partnership model unites the Reform Movement’s 17 Jewish summer camps with URJ congregations to create new jobs and ongoing support for youth engagement professionals.

CLASP Fellows are full-time youth professionals who spend the summer months at a URJ camp and the academic year in a Reform congregation, with the responsibilities and...

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Whether it’s in our congregations, at our camps, or in a NFTY program, we do everything we can to offer a safe and familiar environment in which children, teens, and young adults can explore Reform Jewish values. Living those values outside of these safe spaces can be more challenging, and requires courage, perseverance, and resilience in the face of setbacks and disappointment.

Reform Jewish teens are a model for how to build on the foundations of our movement and...

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For the last six months, the URJ’s Strengthening Congregations team has been working on the URJ Day of Leadership Learning: Finding the Joy in Board Service, which took place on October 28th in nearly 70 sites across North America. More than 1,200 congregational leaders participated!

I’d been selected to facilitate the event at the Pittsburgh site, and for months, I’d been working with the local leadership team at Temple Ohav Shalom...

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