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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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The Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism (CSA) is proud to present the Irving J. Fain Social Justice Award, in recognition of congregations leading excellent and impactful social justice programming and initiatives. This year, the CSA received a record number of applicants from across North America. From this dedicated applicant pool, the CSA selected 21 congregations as Fain Award recipients.

The Fain Awards highlight a diverse and meaningful portfolio of work from congregations across the Reform Movement, which aligns with our vision of a world filled with wholeness,...

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We’re thrilled to announce the winners of our 2019 URJ Biennial Photo Contest. We received so many incredible submissions depicting the vibrancy and diversity of Reform Jewish congregational life that it was difficult to choose the best!

After much deliberation, our judges have selected MaLea Breland of Congregation Children of Israel in August, GA, as the grand prize winner for her photo of children saying the Sh'ma blessing. Dale LazarofTemple Sinai in Pittsburgh, PA, won second...

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December 19, 2019


Lauren Silverman, West End Strategy Team,; 917-603-6433 Lauren Theodore, Union for Reform Judaism,; 917-767-8973

Last week, JCC Association of North America and the...

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Editor's note: The text that follows was presented before a live audience at the 2019 URJ Biennial on Thursday, Dec. 12.

Shalom to all of you, friends. It's a huge honor and pleasure to be in this awesome gathering. Your movement is incredible. I have huge respect for it, and I think there should be really proud of what you've done and your achievements.

Thank you, dear Rabbi Lea Mühlstein, a member of the executive of the Jewish Agency. She represents the Movement in our institutions together with other very close friends – Gilad...

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