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Contact: Lauren Theodore at 212-650-4154

New York, NY; November 8, 2018 - To strengthen the leadership of Reform Jewish communities throughout North America, the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) is investing in 13 individuals as participants in the JewV’Nation Fellowship’s LGBTQIA+ Leadership Cohort. This program focuses on strengthening Reform Judaism by increasing opportunities for Reform Jewish...

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After the senseless violence at Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh, many members of our community are grieving, processing the events and their aftermath, and wondering what to do next. The answer is clear: We show up.

As Reform Jews, we have the opportunity to come together in solidarity to demonstrate our strength. Whether you’re looking to build your social justice skills, to network with leaders from across North America to enrich your congregation, or to help shape the future of the Reform Movement, there’s a place for you. Register now, mark your calendars, and share...

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Young woman holding a sign that reads Voting counts because every voice should matter

Six months ago, when the Reform Movement launched our Civic Engagement Campaign, run by the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, we set ambitious goals to empower and engage 100,000 people in the democratic process.

In NFTY regions, camp communities, college campuses, and congregations across the U.S., we registered and turned out voters, built meaningful relationships with candidates, worked to ensure that underrepresented communities had the resources to vote, and advocated for state ballot initiatives...

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A welcome mat

In the wake of the Pittsburgh synagogue shootings, many congregations have experienced an increase in attendees, including their own members, as well as clergy and members of the community-at-large, both Jewish and not Jewish. It’s tempting to lean on security personnel and a hardened exterior to keep sacred spaces safe, but it is also up to as, us leaders, to follow our tradition’s sacred teaching to welcome others fully into our spiritual home. While we consider heightening security, we must also heighten audacious hospitality. During this time of increased fear, having a single friendly...

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Each month I field dozens of inquiries from people across North America – and from South America, Asia, Europe, and the UK – eager to connect or reconnect with Judaism and the Jewish community. Many requests convey a longing and resolve that are deep and urgent.

One way they can do so is through Introduction to Judaism online, a 21-session course specifically designed and reserved for individuals without access to an in-person Introduction to Judaism course. (When...

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Inside Leadership, the blog at URJ.org, is a source for Reform Jewish leaders to get the latest news and though-provoking articles about Jewish communal life.